Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families has the following position available:
Position: HIV Outreach Worker, Van Driver
Wage: Dependent on Experience
Location: Based out of Main Office at 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster. Requires
extensive outreach from Burnaby to Maple Ridge
Hours: 35 hours per week, 5:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Start Date: ASAP
The Purpose Society is funded by the Fraser Heath Authority to provide mobile harm reduction and supportive social services to the New Westminster, Burnaby, Tri-Cities and Maple Ridge area. Services focus on supporting people who are living with HIV, at risk for HIV, at risk of opioid overdose, or who use other substances.
The primary duty of the Outreach Worker is to drive a Health Van and distribute harm reduction supplies in various communities in the Lower Mainland. The Outreach Worker must be comfortable working with marginalized and street-involved individuals who are actively using substances, experiencing mental health issues, working in the sex trade, are homeless, and/or live in tents/camps
Work closely with the Program Coordinator to implement opioid overdose prevention and response strategies, especially involving mobile outreach services
Work to support and engage our network of Peer Workers in the community
Upon request, provide naloxone kits, safer injection/smoking supplies, condoms and other personal care items
Provide education and facilitate trainings on safer substance use and other harm reduction practices
Safely recover used syringes from the various communities
Build and maintain trusting relationships with clients who access services
Transport individuals to health appointments or substance use treatment facilities
Maintain necessary client and program reports and statistics, ensure that all required documentation is accurate
Provide resources and referral information to services such as violence prevention organizations, shelter and housing, substance use services and health care
Perform other duties as required
2 year diploma in a relevant field, such as social work, community health, mental health and addictions studies or equivalent. Extensive experience may be considered in lieu of formal training
Experience working with marginalized people who are actively using substances, have mental health challenges, work in the sex trade, are homeless, and/or live in tents/camps
Ability to maintain a non-judgmental and non-stigmatizing approach is required
Ability to function effectively in difficult and/or crisis situations is required
Strong communication skills are required
Strong understanding of harm reduction principles, STDs, substance misuse, mental health and social determinants of health
Ability to work independently and as part of a team is required
Established ability to maintain healthy boundaries is necessary
Knowledge of local resources an asset
Valid BC Class 5 driver’s license
Clean driver’s abstract and clear criminal records check
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