Steve is a Housing Support Worker in Basildon, Essex. He works at Tate House, a supported housing scheme for young people who have experienced homelessness.
“I support tenants to complete Universal Credit applications, apply for housing benefits and generally help them to prepare for independent living.”
Favourite part of the role
“I like that there’s no need to wear a shirt and tie. I enjoy lone working and how easy my journey to and from work is. Also, I get to support people to make their lives better.”
Why Steve joined Peabody
“A change in career path brought me here. Many years working in social care finance in Local Government meant I came across the organisation. I was also aware of Peabody from my time working in London and I got a taste of this area when working with social care.”
What makes him smile?
“My favourite joke, I would say, is anything by Tommy Cooper.”
"Going for walks and playing tennis or chess. I also love travelling, especially when beer festivals are involved."
Advice for a job applicant
“Housing Support Workers should have a can-do approach and be willing to understand every customer’s individual needs. You should also be IT literate and ideally have good numeracy and literacy skills, plus good interpersonal skills.”