Recruitment day for an expanding domestic abuse support and homelessness prevention service

With the launch of a new service to combat homelessness among older people on Anglesey, extra funding for Domestic Abuse Victim support as well as their established support services, newly appointed Chief Officer of Gorwel, Osian Elis has his sights on expanding his workforce too. Osian, who was appointed earlier this year, is driving the change in Gorwel, which is Grwp Cynefin’s specialist homelessness, support and domestic abuse service which operates across Gwynedd, Anglesey and Denbighshire.

Recruiting staff required to maintain Gorwel’s services is not always easy, but a dedicate recruitment day in Caernarfon will look to change that.

Osian, who has worked for Gorwel in various roles over the last 10 years and has more than 20 years’ experience in the field before becoming Chief Officer earlier this year, explains:

“The main thing we are looking for is people skills. Above and beyond anything else is the ability to communicate with people with understanding and compassion. Anyone with these skills is half way there.”

Gorwel’s  recruitment day will be held in Galeri, Caernarfon on November 19th. With lunch included, those interested in working for Gorwel will spend the morning learning more about the unit, and then will be interviewed in the afternoon for one of eleven posts available.

Information on the posts being recruited and how to apply can be found on the Grwp Cynefin website.

Osian said: “I hope people will respond to this new, different approach to recruiting. I’m keen to try new approaches and try and reach as many possible candidates as I can. We don’t need applications forms filled, just complete the declaration of interest form on the website.

“As I settle into the post of Chief Officer, I’m so pleased to hear about the huge impact our services have. We are seeing more and more homelessness, domestic abuse and people struggling with finding ways to make ends meet in our communities and the Gorwel team do an incredible job assisting wherever they can. It’s so important that we help people get through these situations and build the life they want and I’m excited to be leading Gorwel to do this at a time when it’s needed most.

“Enthusiastic and dedicated staff is crucial to that vision and I’m hoping that by going out to the community with this recruiting event, we can enrich and expand our already talented team.”

Shan Lloyd Williams, Chief Executive of Grŵp Cynefin said:

“It’s great that Osian has taken up this role and is making strides to strengthen and expand the service. His commitment to North Wales communities and the Welsh language is second to none and I’m confident that with his breadth of experience across the different aspects of support, homelessness and domestic abuse services in both delivery and leadership roles he will ensure Gorwel goes from strength to strength.”

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