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Harm Reduction Support Worker (Supervised Consumption Services)

Boyle Street Community Services

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Job Purpose:

Streetworks is a Harm Reduction, health promotion, primary health care program, which is currently seeking Harm Reduction Support Workers (HRSW) to support, educate and help ensure the safety of individuals presenting to the Supervised Consumption Services to self-inject brought-in substances. With the support of a Registered Nurse and an Addiction Counsellor/Social Worker, the HRSW works to deliver harm reduction supplies, education and support on safer drug use and injection techniques, take home naloxone distribution, sexual health and provides referrals to other health & social services.

*Streetworks Supervised Consumption Services are offered at Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Boyle Street Community Services and the George Spady Society.

There are full time, part time, and relief positions working days, evenings, or weekends.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Maintains a quiet, relaxed, safe space within the SCS and orients individuals to the service.
  • Seeks out opportunities to provide peer-to-peer counselling and referrals.
  • Provides education and counselling using a harm reduction approach on safer substance use, sexual health and other high-risk behaviors.
  • Advises SCS nursing staff of any SCS individual’s health concerns, either observed or voiced by the person.
  • Assists with overdose and other medical emergencies at the direction of the SCS nursing staff, including the administration of Naloxone and rescue breathing as required.
  • Provides overdose prevention education, encourages individuals to partake in take home naloxone (THN) training, completes THN training and distributes kits as required.
  • Provides an ongoing commitment to individuals within the SCS and continuously strives for the most effective and appropriate delivery of care.

Qualifications:

Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:

  • Able to work non-judgmentally with all individuals presenting to the Supervised Consumption Services. within a Harm Reduction framework
  • Knowledge, experience or willingness to learn of substance use and culture, mental health, STIs and blood borne pathogens and inner-city lifestyles
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in an Indigenous cultural context
  • Familiarity with local community resources (e.g. substance use, social services, justice)
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team setting
  • Ability to work in partnership with other organizations
  • Flexibility, creativity, enthusiastic and a willingness to learn

Experience:

  • Experience working in a marginalized city community is an asset

Boyle Street Community Services values diversity and welcomes applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, New Canadian, racialized, differently abled and LGBTTQIA communities.

Those with a street history or intimate knowledge of the street are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be required to have a criminal record check and a child welfare information check.

Hourly Wage: $18.33– $23.10/hour

Closing Date: December 15th, 2017

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to: mtaylor@boylestreet.org. Please include HRSW-Boyle Street in the subject line of the email. In the cover letter please state how you heard about this position and what shifts you prefer to work.