Edinburgh, Edinburgh
£20,538 - £25,863 per year (pro-rata)
Permanent, Part-time, 22.5 hours (3 days) a week
Job description

As a Community Outreach Worker, you will be supporting ex-offenders from a range of ages, backgrounds, and life circumstances, to build a stable and rewarding life and move closer to the workplace. Based in Edinburgh with remote working around the region, you will offer in-person one-to-one coaching and virtual support to bring about change in all areas of clients’ lives. You will help clients on your caseload over a 3 to 9-month period to achieve their goals and aspirations, sensitively seeking and discerning opportunities to offer prayer and to share the gospel on a one-to-one basis.

Key responsibilities:

  1. Group Work Delivery/Participation
  2. Interviewing ex-offenders and one-to-one job coaching
  3. Liaising with external partners

Detailed duties and responsibilities:

  1. Group Work Delivery/Participation
  • With a team of colleagues and volunteers, delivering/participating in regular group sessions (in-person or virtually), ranging from Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Job Clubs, Clean Sheet training courses, to life skills courses e.g. cookery, baking.  This may also include assisting in the development of new opportunities for our clients.
  • Doing any necessary preparatory work, including all material set-up, inviting clients, and informing volunteers of their roles.
  • Initiating and facilitating conversations one-to-one and in a group, before, during and after the sessions – endeavouring to build a sense of community.
  • Joining in the Away Day events, designed to move people slightly out of their comfort zone to build confidence, break isolation and have fun together.
  1. Interviewing ex-offenders and one-to-one job coaching
  • Whilst maintaining professional boundaries and remaining open-minded, conducting an assessment interview with prospective clients to discuss their job history, criminal convictions, wider barriers to work, employment aspirations and wider life goals.
  • Identifying clients’ broader needs and signpost them to relevant agencies.
  • Upon assessment of their work-readiness, liaising with Job Centres where necessary to amend the Claimant Commitment.
  • Agreeing on a time-bound Action Plan that lays out the target areas and goals.
  • Liaising with external partners engaged with the client to create an informed risk assessment, including PPU officers, social workers, etc.
  • Working remotely around the region through door-step appointments with clients, you will offer weekly in-person coaching sessions with clients on your caseload alongside virtual support. Using a holistic, whole-person approach, you will work towards the goals identified on the Action Plan, utilising Junction 42’s 10 pathways, which are employability, education and training, purposeful activity, accommodation, finances, drugs and alcohol, mental and physical health, life skills, mindset and attitude, relationships and family, and faith.
  • Maintaining up-to-date paper client files and online logs/Excel trackers for reporting purposes and contract commissioners’ audits.
  1. Liaising with external partners
  • Employers – Sourcing new paid opportunities for clients through networking and paying attention to jobs advertised.
  • Volunteer providers – Maintaining existing partner relationships through regular contact and reviews; sourcing new volunteering opportunities for your clients from across local churches, charities and commercial businesses; liaising with the partner organisation to lay out expectations on each side and to explain what support we will offer; accompanying client to first appointment/interview; maintaining regular contact with client through intermittent reviews.
  • Referral Agencies – Maintaining regular contact with referral partners, including Work coaches at the job centre and Integrated Offender Managers and social workers to update about clients’ progress
  • Advocating for a proportionate ‘Claimant Commitment’ for your client, balancing job search hours with other meaningful activity. Paying particular attention to those struggling with multiple barriers, especially recent prison leavers.
  • With clients who are subject to social work and/or Police supervision, informing their social worker/PPU Police Officer about our involvement; obtaining a risk assessment, all licence conditions or restrictions and prior approval for any work placements.

The successful candidate will be able to evidence the following experience and attributes:

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Organisational and IT skills relevant to the post including use of Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Ability to work and contribute as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Conveys maturity, confidence and credibility to other professionals.
  • Ability to work and contribute as part of a team.
  • Must be able to drive with a valid UK license and own transport.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Experience of working with marginalised people.
  • Experience of working with young people.
  • Experience in leading volunteers.
  • A relevant degree.

Person Specification:

  • This post has been identified as having a GOR to be filled by an active Christian under the provisions of the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations 2003 (Section 7.2).
  • Both appreciates and models the core principles and values of the organisation (showing personal commitment to a life of Christian faith).
  • Conveys maturity, confidence, and credibility to other professionals.
  • Identifies with the ethos and mission of Junction 42.

This post has the following special circumstances:

  • For safeguarding reasons, the candidate will be screened through an Enhanced DBS check.
  • The post holder will be expected to attend all Junction 42 training, team days and conferences as requested by the Director.


Any information acquired in the course of duty must be treated in strictest confidence and must be discussed only within the confines of the work setting with the appropriate members of staff.


This job description is not exhaustive and amendments and additions may be required in line with future organisational changes.
The post holder will be expected to attend Junction 42 training, team days and conferences as requested by their line manager.

  • Although a full salary is guaranteed, each member of staff at Junction 42 has a financial target that they commit to raise for their role through personal donors from their faith communities. This is to sustain the missional aspect of our work. In some organisations, this is known as personal support. Prior to starting in this role, you would need to demonstrate a commitment to raising personal support..
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Junction 42

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Refreshed on: 15 October 2021
Closed date: 17 October 2021
Job ref: Ref: Community Outreach Worker Scotland
Tags: Christian, Support Worker

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