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Assertive Outreach Worker

About us

Big Life is in the business of changing lives. We fight inequality by working with people and places to create opportunities and inspire change. Whatever service we deliver to help people to change their lives, we do things the Big Life Way.

What you’ll be doing

As an Assertive Outreach Worker, you will work with people who are experiencing problems with substance misuse across Bury, Bolton, Salford, Trafford and in a Criminal Justice setting, and who may be hard to engage or resistant to services.

Your role will involve facilitating individuals’ participation in treatment programs, ensuring their specific requirements are met by fostering partnerships with various organisations, such as Prisons, Probation, community groups, hostels, homelessness services, pharmacies, needle exchanges, and housing providers. Through collaboration, you will assist in tailoring support to suit each person’s needs effectively.

What we need from you

  • You will provide expertise on substance misuse for the benefit when returning to the communities of Bury, Bolton, Salford and Trafford.
  • You will actively attempt to re-engage individuals who have dropped out or have become detached from services.
  • You will support community initiatives which promote recovery.
  • You will use a range of evidence-based tools and techniques for motivating clients.
  • You will develop effective relationships with a range of external organisations and agencies.
  • You need an enhanced level DBS check for this role.


What we will offer you in return

  •  An annual salary of £28,770 (NJC SCP 17)
  • A fixed-term, full-time contract until March 2025
  • 25 days holiday, and 30 once you’ve been here five years
  • A relaxed culture where you are expected to plan your own day, take breaks when you need them and enjoy your work
  • Ongoing personal and professional development through regular supervision
  • A supportive, flexible approach to managing staff health and wellbeing, including a wide range of perks, schemes and support.


What next?

If you are passionate about supporting people in their recovery journey and possess the necessary skills, then click apply and complete the short application process.

Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace and would especially like to hear from applicants from Black, Asian and other racially marginalised communities.


The closing date for applications is Monday, 17th July at 5pm. Applications received after this time will not be considered and CVs will not be accepted. Interviews will take place the week commencing 22nd July 2024 and will be conducted face to face.

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Big Life strives to be diverse and inclusive - a place where we can all be ourselves. We strongly encourage applicants from all parts of society. You can read on our careers site about the actions we are taking ourselves to fight inequality and inspire change.

We actively value the lived experiences and expertise of our staff, volunteers and the people who use our service and see the extra value that they bring to our organisation.

Your health and happiness is important to us, so we offer a comprehensive staff wellbeing package.


This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and will be subject to enhanced DBS checks.

The Big Life group positively promotes diversity in the workforce.


The Big Life group is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults