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Urgent Appeal Updated August

Thanks to our supporters we now have funds to take us through January 2020 at our current staffing level. Trustees will meet in August to consider cutting staff hours, although this is far from ideal if we want quality financial and quality management support.

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We are recruiting for a part time Key Worker in our houses. Here is the advert and Job Description:


Advert: Key Worker

Treasures seeks out the treasure in female ex-offenders and drug users by providing them with a safe home and support to turn around their lives. Your work to with these women will help to make this happen.

The role is initially for 1 year starting for 10.5 hours a week at £9.52 per hour.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter explaining how you feel you match the information in the job description, to the address above by 1stMarch 2019. We will assess the CVs and then hope to have a telephone or face to face informal interview at a time convenient to both parties. This may be on Friday 8thMarch 2019

Key Worker Role (10.5 hours a week at £9.52ph)

  1. Undertake appropriate key working activities (i.e. referrals, risk assessments, care planning etc.) to assess and understand resident’s needs.
  2. Provide advice to residents on housing, resettlement, health, substance use, welfare benefit claims and domestic violence.
  3. Take a holistic approach to supporting resident’s needs, seeking and highlighting opportunities for change at the individual’s and project/ organisational level.
  4. Develop and run group sessions/activities which meet the needs of the women and aims of the project such as effective communication and conflict resolution and morning group meetings.
  5. Participate in the Out of Hours emergency on call rota as required
  6. Provide resettlement advice and support to women who have left the organisation.
  7. Identify problems and services deficiencies by the continuous review of the residents’ needs and make recommendations for improvements in line with Treasures’ Theory of Change.
  8. Utilise knowledge, skills and experience to recognise and manage difficult or challenging resident situations and use appropriate communication skills to influence and bring about positive change to the resident’s behaviour.
  9. Act on behalf of the Manager on day to day matters in their absence and contributing to the overall management of the team as required.
  • To be available to work out of hours to meet the demands of the service if required.
  • To gather data for monitoring and evaluation and record this appropriately.
  • To organise for repairs and maintenance on the house.

Person Specification


  • Empathy with residents
  • Ability to act as a positive role model, acting in line with our Christian Ethos
  • Willingness to abide by policies and systems and to implement them
  • Able to use initiative
  • Flexible attitude



  • Willingness to apply of statutory and best practice requirements to Treasures’ situation.
  • IT literate or happy to work towards IT literacy


Treasures Foundation is a registered Charity No: 1131292 and a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales, No 6937026 Address:256 Rotherhithe Street, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 5RN, Email:

Job Vacancy – Quality Manager

Job Description: Quality Manager *UPDATE DEADLINE PAST*


This role will initially be for 1 year at 7 hours a week which, within reason, can be worked flexibly. The pay is £12 per hour.



Treasures Foundation seeks out the treasure in ex-offenders who have backgrounds of drug abuse. We provide housing and support until women can make the transition into their own homes, with some long-arm support extending beyond this period. The Quality Manager will be based at our Newham houses, to liaise with project staff, beneficiaries, potential beneficiaries and agencies to improve feedback, quality and services for the women we serve. The Quality Manager will also liaise with non-project staff to help them communicate the outcomes and impact of our work to trustees, funders and others.


Main Tasks:

  • To review current systems and work practices (assessment of needs) and to report this to trustees with an action plan for improvements.
  • To work with others to implement the improvements so that there will be improved services.
  • Areas of work will include: quality controls, working in line with best practice and legal requirements, monitoring and evaluation.


Person Specification



  • IT literate, prepared to use Dropbox and Microsoft Office packages.
  • Hard working and happy to take the initiative.
  • Happy to work with others.
  • Flexible attitude to work in a small charity so that communication can happen with the line manager at times convenient to both.
  • Prepared to understand CQC and other best practice requirements and ensure that we are working within such guidelines.




  • Relevant qualifications.
  • Relevant experience eg of working in a CQC approved setting.
  • A desire to help ex-offenders live life to the full.



To apply


Please send your CV and a cover letter (maximum two pages long) outlining how you meet the Job Description and Person Specification to kjefferys@mac.comand copied to info@treasuresfoundation.orgby midday 19thSeptember 2018.




With grateful thanks to the Lloyds Bank Foundation for pledging funds to this post.





We were delighted this week to get the news that we will be getting £10,000 from Awards for All. This will help us to pay for our Director, Mandy and the essential overheads that are necessary for keeping the houses running. Funding is essential if we want to help women who come out of prison and who could so easily return to drugs, alcohol and abusive situations. Thank you to the National Lottery!


We said we’d update you when our new trustees started. Well, the checks have been done and finally we can welcome Ruth and Michelle.

They come with experience in the probation service, research, communications and more. We are delighted to welcome such gifted women to our team.