Engagement Officer - Criminal Justice

6 days left

Recruiter
Interventions Alliance
Location
Chatham
Salary
£17892 - £20000/annum
Posted
24 Feb 2021
Closes
03 Mar 2021
Ref
2000717114
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
INTERVENTIONS ALLIANCE is a division of Seetec and will be delivering CFO Activity Hubs. The Activity Hubs project is funded via the HM Prison & Probation Service Co-financing Organisation (HMPPS CFO). We offer tailored support for offenders who, due to their multiple or complex barriers are unable to access or fully benefit from mainstream services. The programme, available following release from prison and to those serving community sentences, has dual aims – to increase effective engagement with core probation services and to encourage participation in activities to help individuals lead law abiding lives. Participants are enabled to access tailored support, appropriate to their individual circumstance and assessed needs. The activities include a holistic range of social, creative and group activities and the opportunity to interact with positive role models and peers. Join our team as an Engagement Officer to improve the engagement of hub users and to achieve outcomes for the individuals. Responsibilities include involvement in outreach activities with potential participants and partnership agencies to maximise referrals. You will act as a warm front of house and assist with hub activities and offer practical help and motivational support for our participants. Working under the day to day guidance of the senior support worker and coordinator, the Engagement Officer will bring the benefit of lived experience will act as a role model for positive change and will help to create an enabling environment and shape the provision of our service. Our successful candidate would ideally have lived experience of the criminal justice system (as an ex-service user) and/or recovery from substance misuse, street homelessness or mental illness. Or have Previous experience of working as a peer mentor within the prison environment, probation setting or charity, or as a community volunteer. You will be required to help set up and run a Participant Council to obtain user feedback and offer participants the opportunity to help shape and improve the services provided by the activity hub. We need your excellent experience of supporting those who have multiple needs and are disadvantaged with the ability to demonstrate transformational, positive personal change. Responsibilities will include involvement in outreach activities with potential participants and partnership agencies to maximise referrals. An accredited Level 2 Progression Award in Mentoring is desirable but not essential. It is essential that the successful candidate would not have been on a conviction license for the last 12 months. Key Responsibilities Individually and as a team member, help create a welcoming and inclusive hub environment, in which participants are supported to achieve positive change and reduce re-offending. Provide a ‘front of house’ presence, to offer a warm reception to help potential and actual hub users feel at ease, engaging participants and enabling them to understand the benefits of the activities and support available. Help promote the aims and values of the hub with potential participants, partner agencies and community organisation, to raise awareness of the provision and increase referrals. Contribute to the delivery of hub activities, to help individuals overcome multiple and complex barriers, access services available in the local community and reduce re-offending. Motivate and encourage hub users to get involved in activities, support continued participation and recognise achievements. Provide practical support to participants, e.g. by accompanying them to appointments with other agencies and to assist in completing forms and other paperwork. Encourage and assist participants to engage with community activities such as gyms, libraries and other hobbies. Skills & Experience Lived experience of the criminal justice system (as an ex-service user) and/or recovery from (for example) substance misuse, street homelessness, mental illness Previous experience of working as a peer mentor within the prison environment, probation setting or charity, or as a community volunteer – desirable Ability to demonstrate transformational, positive personal change. Ability to motivate others to achieve positive change and avoid re-offending Ability to communicate effectively and engage well with individuals Experience of supporting those who have multiple needs and are disadvantaged Ability to work effectively in a team Basic literacy and numeracy skills Ability to use Information Technology (databases, emails etc.) Ability to develop and use community resources to the benefit of hub participants. Ability to work together with partner agencies Organisational and prioritising skills with the ability to multi task and meet deadlines under pressure Ability to exercise authority and reinforce boundaries in an appropriate manner Desirable Previous experience of working as a peer mentor within the prison environment, probation setting or charity, or as a community volunteer Accredited Level 2 Progression Award in Mentoring Salary: £17,892 up to £20,000 per annum (dependent on experience) Location: Chatham Hours: The core hours are Monday to Friday between 10 and 4, and some work may be required in the evening and/or Saturdays to total 37 hours per week. We operate a flexible working policy to reflect the flexible opening times of the Hubs and for the benefit of employees. Closing Date: 2nd March 2021 Benefits: 25 days annual leave bank holidays, Pension, Competitive Salary, Optional Health Insurance, Employee Assistance Programme, Cycle to work scheme, Eye care scheme, Access to wide range of local and national discounts. Seetec - Interventions Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share and uphold this commitment in conjunction with the requirements of the Prevent Duty and the positive promotion of modern British values. Dependent on the role applying to you may be required to process a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS/DS) check. Seetec - Interventions Alliance support the recruitment of ex- offenders and will not discriminate in anyway. Our full policy statement of “Ex-Offenders” can be found on our website under” About us” Seetec - Interventions Alliance is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. The Activity Hubs project is funded via the HM Prison & Probation Service Co-financing Organisation (HMPPS CFO). HMPPS CFO is a European Social Fund resettlement support programme which delivers projects aimed at improving employability, which are seen as key to changing lives and reducing reoffending. If you need any further information please contact our Recruitment Team (phone number removed)

Similar jobs

More searches like this

Similar jobs