St Giles Trust
West Yorkshire
£22,526 - £26,501 p/a (depending on experience)
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Fixed Term Contract until 31 March 2022

Ref code: SCW-193

Are you a driven, engaging and compassionate individual with proven track record of working with vulnerable people? Do you have experience of supporting ex-offenders and those involved with the criminal justice system?

If so, join St Giles Trust as a Senior Caseworker working on a new three-year project to strengthen prisoners’ family ties. This vital project aims to prevent individuals from reoffending and reducing the negative impact on families of having a family member in prison.

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. 

About this exciting opportunity

Working with a Trainee Family Support Worker and volunteer Peer Advisors, you will focus on providing empowering support to 50 prisoners and their families each year based in Leeds, Bradford or Wakefield. This will involve providing a client-led support service that responds to individual families’ needs, including helping with housing, debt, benefits, and parenting. You will also offer support and advocacy to prisoners to help them engage with activities that support their rehabilitation and being an involved family member.

You will support clients to develop individual action plans that will help them with practical activities and access the support they need, ensuring you regularly review action to assess progress. Developing strong relationships with all stakeholders, in prison and in the community, is also a key aspect of this role.

What we are looking for:

  • Proven ability of assessing needs and providing support that brings about improvements in people’s lives
  • An excellent track record of engaging, motivating and advising vulnerable people
  • Strong understanding of the issues affecting prisoners and their families and how these can be successfully addressed
  • Experience of supporting ex-offenders and those involved with criminal justice system
  • Sound knowledge of housing, benefits, social care, health, education, rehabilitation and family support
  • Excellent communication and IT skills, particularly MS Office

In return, you can expect a competitive salary, generous leave allowance, staff pension, flexible working, a mentoring programme, an advice and counselling service, season ticket loan and much more.

For further information, or to apply, please visit our website.

Closing date: 11pm, 17th September 2019.  Interviews: 23rd September 2019

Posted on: 02 September 2019
Closed date: 17 September 2019
Tags: Volunteer Management, Social Work