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Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund – Care & Housing Advocacy Paralegal

***THIS JOB VACANCY HAS NOW CLOSED***

18-month fixed term contract

Circa. £32,000 per annum and benefits

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity, and facilitates the provision of help and support for ex-RAF personnel and their eligible dependants who are in need of assistance.  Part of that help is providing support through advocacy. This covers two areas. First by ensuring our beneficiaries receive all statutory care services through the Local Authority and NHS. Advice is given on all aspects of community care law and representation provided. Second by providing assistance to beneficiaries who have housing issues. This includes homelessness, eviction, disrepair and allocations.

We provide advocacy advice in the areas of housing and community care through negotiating with statutory bodies, drafting written submissions and attending hearings and tribunals, as necessary.

We are seeking a compassionate and highly organised individual with proven experience of advocacy advice and strong administration skills to join us in delivering help to the RAF community. Working under the supervision of our Care & Housing Advocacy Executive (CHAE) and alongside a team of welfare executives, you will have responsibility for identifying the need for representation among those seeking assistance and provide administrative assistance to the CHAE.

The successful candidate will need to have current experience of providing specialist written and oral advocacy advice and support relating to care services and Continuing Health Care (CHC) Funding and assisting  with appeals processes. An articulate communicator with IT skills suited to working in a paperless environment, you must be able to demonstrate an ability to relate to people of all ages, especially vulnerable beneficiaries, in a manner which is conducive to relieving stresses and concerns through giving sound and impartial information, guidance and representation.

A detailed job profile is available on the Fund’s website, www.rafbf.org. For an informal discussion about the role please contact Elizabeth John, Care & Housing Advocacy Executive on 020 7307 3432.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18 June 2021 at 12:00pm. To apply, please send your CV together with a covering letter detailing why you believe you are suitable for this role and providing examples of how you meet the person specification to Martin Botting, HR Business Partner email HRservices@rafbf.org.uk.

Interviews will take place via a video conferencing platform on Thursday 01 July 2021. Please note that due to the high number of applications expected, only candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to have a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is a Registered Charity (No. 1081009) which encourages applications from all sections of the community

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