Job description

To support the day to day running of the Recovery House Programme including supporting the main house project and scatter flat operation, aimed at promoting positive alternatives to drug use and stability in the community.


This will involve working with individuals and families affected by drug misuse, collaboration with partner organisations and assisting in the implementation of the Safe as Houses Recovery Programmes and links to the community.


This role may be suitable for an internal or external secondment, as part of the candidate’s continuing professional development.

PVG Scheme Membership is required for this post.

Alternatives operates an Equal Opportunities Policy.


Job title:                             Recovery House Nightshift Support Worker

Place of work:                  Safe As Houses Project, Clydebank

Employer:                          Alternatives West Dunbartonshire Community Drug Services (Alternatives)

Reporting to:                    Recovery House Co-ordinator, Alternatives

Salary:                                £18,907.20 per annum plus a contributory Pension Scheme of up to 6%.

Hours:                                 An average of 30 hours a week over a three week shift pattern including weekends.


Job purpose/main scope of post:

To support the evening and overnight running of the Recovery House.  This involves supporting residents of the Recovery House to maintain a safe and secure environment as they become and maintain abstinent lifestyles.  The position is a waking nightshift position and providing sleepover provision within a rota system.  There will be additional support available through the night by way of management on call team.


  • To provide and maintain a safe and secure environment for service users within the Recovery House.
  • Assist with the evening and morning medications and record appropriately.
  • To risk assess situations while maintaining a safe working environment for self and others.
  • To be able to utilise the on-call system appropriately.
  • To ensure an accurate shift report is passed onto those working the following shift.
  • To provide support to service users throughout the night as required.
  • To ensure Recovery House policies and procedures are adhered to by residents.
  • To complete nightly welfare checks as required and record.
  • To record work undertaken in a suitable form as designated by the Line Manager and to gather data and maintain data gathering systems.
  • To undertake administration tasks as required, including updating of the in house database system.
  • To actively promote the services provided by Alternatives in line with policy guidelines, protocol and service philosophy.
  • To work as part of a team towards the aims of service users in line with agreed working practice and strategies.
  • To complete overnight housekeeping tasks in accordance with checklist.
  • To undertake such training programmes as may assist this agency and enhance personal development.
  • To participate in formal consultation and supervision as required.
  • To undertake such other duties, appropriate to the grade, as may be delegated by the Line Manager.