Welfare Benefits Advisor
Welfare Benefits Advisor
Location: Reading (covering Berkshire and North Hampshire)
Full Time (37.5 hpw)
Salary Circa £27,000 per annum depending on skills and experience
Plus, brilliant benefits
Empowering to live rewarding and happy lives. That’s when it hits home
We have a fabulous opportunity for you to join our awesome and growing team in this sparkly new role of Welfare Benefits Advisor known internally to us as Financial Inclusion Partner.
You will work alongside our regional team to support our customers across a large geographical area. You’ll support them to bring their arrears down and primarily get benefits such as Universal Credit into payment.
You’ll have experience of working with customers, who struggle to manage their finances and are at risk of homelessness due to their debt. It would be great if you have experience of using preventative and education-based methods to work with “at risk” households. You’ll be confident with creating debt management and budgeting plans, experience of arrears monitoring and collection processes. We want our customers to feel safe and secure in their home. We work closely with our colleagues to make sure that where our customers need support, that we help them to live their best lives!
You will work alongside Housing Managers to offer support to households with arrears. Ultimately, we want to make sure that our customers have the right support and information.
What makes us No. 7 in the UK’s Best Super Large Great Places to Work, 6th Best Place in the UK for Great Places for Women to Work, 18th in the Stonewall Top 100 and Investors in People Gold Standard….? It’s our brilliant people and culture!
“I can’t believe Home Group are helping people like this, it’s brilliant. Thank you so much.”
About our team
To us were not just a team we’re a ‘work family’. You will join a local team of 6 housing managers and 2 Community housing assistants. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge. In this role you will be supported by Julia, our Operations Manager, who loves holidays to Goa and walking her Border Collie -Murphy!
Our Financial Inclusion Team are a new team that started in January. There’s currently 14 in the team with more to join. We don’t just love to support our customers, we’re there for each other too!
We all have different roles and personalities but complement each other like chocolate and orange. We’re all learning and developing the service, so now is a great time to join us and help to influence the way we work. Josie, is based in the East and recently returned to work as a part-time Financial Inclusion Partner after having her little boy. Josie is loving her new role and finds the team really supportive and knowledgeable.
You’ll work really closely with our local Housing Management Team, based in Reading. The team are super passionate about delivering on our Customer Promise and have lots of experience that they’re really keen to share with you.
Where you’ll work
You’ll work across Berkshire and North Hampshire, with our customers with the greatest need. You could be providing support verbally over the telephone or you’ll get out and about providing your support across our main communities so there will be considerable travel, but don’t worry we’ll pay you for your mileage. We don’t want you to spend all your time in the car, so you will have control over your own diary to plan your day effectively. The great news is that you will have the flexibility of working either from home or in one of our local offices and we’ll give you the technology and kit to make that easy.
It’s the team’s unwritten rule that you attend the important appointments in life, be it your child’s school play, your partner’s graduation, or to get your new fridge delivered. You can elect to fit these around your working day or use your flexi to take the time off.
Our focus is on getting the job done, not your working hours! We would expect your main hours to be worked Monday – Friday but the occasional evening and weekend work will be needed so that you can meet up with our customers who are at work themselves.
You’ll be passionate about Customer Service, and an advocate on welfare rights. You’ll provide top notch advice and support to our customers to empower them towards financial independence. You’ll work closely within the Housing Management team and with both internal and external stakeholders, aiming to support customers to sustain their tenancies.
You’ll have a great understanding of welfare benefits and be up to date on recent reforms, as well as knowledge on the DWP and local authority processes. Also, you’ll be our go-to person on local and national charities, and funding options available. You’ll be a natural problem solver and be able to relate to people from all backgrounds and be passionate to build our customers confidence in their finances.
Here at Home Group we have invested heavily in our future and use current and up to date equipment. You’ll be issued with the latest kit, which could include a Surface Pro and mobile. So it's really important to us that you are technologically savvy (or at the very least not a technophobe!)
It’s important to us that you have worked with benefits before. It would also be great if you have experience in housing too. Don’t worry, we won’t drop you in the deep end, we’ll help to you support customers and to understand how things work at Home Group!
As this is a community role, you need to be able to drive, as well as being insured for business purposes. Don’t worry, we’ll pay you expenses to cover this use!
When you join, you’ll need to have a valid Enhanced Check under the Disclosure and Barring Service. The great news is that we will pay for that to be done if you don’t have a transferrable one.
Want to know more?
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