Please note successful candidates should expect to be appointed at the starting point of the salary scale and consideration may be given to a higher salary depending on the experience of the individual.
Fixed Term Contract ending 31st March 2021
Central Bedfordshire, with frequent travel locally and occasionally to London (needs to be able to work from home as required).
Ref Code: -GMG-201
Are you a confident and resilient individual with professional integrity with the ability to hit the ground running and both support young people at risk of violence and exploitation through 1:1 mentoring, whilst also able to deliver key messages to large groups of people?
If so, St Giles Trust is looking for a Gangs Mentor & Facilitator to join our SOS+ team and positively engage and support young people.
About St Giles Trust
An ambitious, well-established charity that helps people facing adversity to find jobs, homes and the right support they need. Central to our ethos is our belief that people with first-hand experience of successfully overcoming issues such as an offending background, homelessness, addictions and gang involvement, hold the key to positive change in others.
Our award-winning SOS+ Service works with young people in a variety of settings by delivering sessions and workshops in schools, Pupil Referral Units, Community Centres and to Youth Offender Teams. The mission of SOS+ is to prevent children and young people becoming involved in gangs and youth violence by equipping them with tools, knowledge and support delivered by experts with lived experience.
About this vital role
Drawing on your own personal experience, you will provide a support service to young people aged 8-18 who are at risk of involvement in serious youth violence or gang related activity. This will include delivering SOS+ sessions to small and large groups of young people, providing mentoring support to these young people and working closely and supporting the SOS+ Regional team to develop sessions and disseminate information to professionals.
In addition you will help to develop and promote the service and work alongside the SOS+ Team Leader to ensure all data from sessions delivered is collated and reflected properly in monthly reports.
What we are looking for:
• To have lived, personal experience of the Criminal Justice System, and/or being involved in a gang or knife crime
• A confident public speaker/mentor with experience of partnership working
• Someone who is comfortable working alongside a variety of professionals in a school setting
• Experience of working positively with socially excluded children, young people or adults, able to engage successfully despite ‘challenging’ behaviour
• Strong IT skills and the ability to use monitoring systems to record all aspects of work
• A full current driving license and willingness to travel across Bedfordshire and London
In return, you can expect a competitive salary, generous leave allowance, access to clinical supervision, staff pension, flexible working, a mentoring programme, an advice and counselling service, season ticket loan and much more.
St Giles will guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria set out in the Job Description for the vacancy.
For further information, or to apply, please visit our website.
Closing date: 11pm, 18th October 2020. Interviews: 23rd October (likely via video).