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Personal Wellbeing Mentor - Criminal Justice (HMP Rochester)

Job Role

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.

 

Attendance is voluntary and there is no statutory or any other form of compulsion. To facilitate participation, a key focus will be on providing a warm, welcoming and enabling environment. CFO Activity Hubs provide a safe and supportive space where participants can, and most importantly want to engage. Hubs are placed in the heart of local communities, involving local organisations and/or community representatives, to increase integration and the availability of local support for participants. 

 

The aim is to provide a comprehensive programme of activities to enable participants, to engage with support available through existing provision.  Ultimately, the aim is to address barriers to work and/or equip individuals with the necessary skills needed to desist from offending and successfully reintegrate into to their local communities.

 

We are currently recruiting for a Personal Wellbeing Mentor to provide a service that addresses and meets the needs of our participants in relation to social inclusion on release from prison, including identifying up-to-date community provisions and pro-social networks in the community to reduce social isolation.

 

Working in our Mentor Unit, you will develop and embed a high-quality performance culture in which professional standards are upheld and participants are enabled to achieve positive change.

 

Our successful candidate will have a sound understanding of the issues around improving offender outcomes and have previous experience of working with disadvantaged individuals. You will provide practical and emotional support to our participants both pre and post release, so you must posses great empathy and the confidence to build strong relationships.

Key Responsibilities

  • Accurate recording and implementation of interventions within the times scales of contract
  • Ensure that risk is managed, to provide a safe environment for all staff
  • Provide practical and emotional support pre and post release
  • Facilitate structured mentoring and coaching sessions to help participants develop confidence and self-management
  • Maintain a resource of community opportunities both statutory and voluntary and encourage and assist early post release engagement with community activities
  • Accompany participants to appointments and assist in completing forms and other paperwork
  • Develop strong partnership relationships and links between the Interventions Alliance and organisations providing resources and services
  • To undertake any required skills training to enhance delivery, including Information Advice and Guidance
  • To give particular attention to the needs of minority groups within the service user groups who might otherwise be disadvantaged or discriminated against in gaining access to community
  • Update and maintain an electronic database to record service user attendance and achievement and generate statistics and prepare reports and case studies to demonstrate this

 

To view the full job description, please use the following link: https://ourjobs.seetec.co.uk/sbtc/personal-wellbeing-mentor/

Skills and Experience

  • Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) qualification or willingness to undertake (desirable)
  • Experience of working with disadvantaged individuals
  • Demonstrable success in delivery of services under partnership arrangements
  • Confidence in identifying and developing relationships
  • Credibility working as an advocate
  • Sound understanding of the issues around improving offender outcomes
  • Ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines including the requirement to meet defined targets
  • Ability to carry responsibility, and resolve difficult issues

Additional Information

Salary: Up to £20,772 per annum with the opportunity to progress through salary banding

Location: HMP Rochester (also covering various locations in Kent)

Hours: Part time, 31.45 hours per week

Closing Date: 18th May 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.

 

In light of Covid 19 all interviews will be undertaken via Microsoft Teams.

 

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. To learn more about the work of HMPPS CFO, please visit https://www.co-financing.org/ 

 

If you need any further information please contact our Recruitment Team 01702 201070