The successful candidate will be excellent at engaging with, and motivating difficult and vulnerable young people. Communication and interpersonal skills are paramount as we need an individual who will be able to work confidently with a range of stakeholders and young people to deliver this programme. One to one mentoring and support, group work and outreach are essential to the role and it is key that this is done in creative and innovative ways that young people will enjoy.
As an IAF Mentor who is focusing on the outreach, youth work and first stages of interaction with our young people, you will be responsible for engaging with young people facing multiple and complex barriers, many of whom will be offenders and prison leavers. You will be responsible for managing a challenging caseload, with the aim of helping the young people integrate into the community and reducing their risk of reoffending.
You will work closely and collaboratively with the Prison Service, National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs), Local Authorities, the Police, and a wide range of community and voluntary organisations.
As part of the role, you will be required to work within a prison meeting young people prior to their release. You will also be expected to meet young people at the prison gate, providing intensive mentoring support and diversionary activities to reduce the risk of reoffending. You will also be required to work in other front line situations such as Police custody suites or street outreach.
Your role in these situations will be to successfully engage with young people, assess their motivation to make positive changes and to start an action plan to prevent them from re-offending and to help them progress into education, employment and training.
IAF pride themselves on working outside the ‘boxes’ and the usual constraints of publicly funded programmes so we will expect mentors to think innovatively and creatively about how we can help each young person and then be prepared to make it happen. Naturally this creates a lot of variety within a working day so we are looking for trustworthy and hard-working individuals who thrive off new challenges, out of office working, and who have the confidence to work alone and in community settings, with challenging young people.
This is an exciting and challenging role for a highly motivated, dynamic and creative individual who is passionate about helping young people make positive changes in their lives. IAF are looking for an enthusiastic and driven professional who will relish challenges laid at their feet, have the ability to gain the respect of the young people we are looking to help, and also have the ability to complete relevant paperwork. IAF’s key factor when recruiting is passion for helping young people, and in this particular instance a passion for supporting young people who may be offenders, addicts, or involved with gangs/knifecrime.
Lived experience, the ability to connect with young people and passion is valued over and above formal qualifications in this instance, however experience of working (or volunteering) with this client group is essential for any applicant. IAF welcomes applications from people with first-hand experience of the issues we are tackling in this role, although as we are working with vulnerable young people we would appreciate total honesty and we would be interested in understanding your particular journey. Please note having first-hand experience is not a requirement!
The successful candidate will also be a creative thinker and a problem solver, as they will need to find solutions to operational challenges on a daily basis. The successful candidate will have an excellent knowledge of what makes young people ‘tick’ and will be able to instantly gain the respect of young people whilst enforcing boundaries and expectations. IAF’s client group can, at times, show very challenging behaviours so the successful candidate should have experience of, and be able to confidently deal with, challenging behaviour.
The post is fixed term and carries a commitment of 40 hours per week. Due to the delivery nature of the role, some flexible working will be required. The post holder also requires regular use of a vehicle due to the nature of the role. Enhanced DBS check will be required.
Finally, and fundamentally, the successful candidate must feel passionately about helping others within society, and must believe in the work that IAF do.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Overall delivery and co-ordination of mentoring and intensive mentoring programmes in the community. This includes but is not limited to:
- Recruitment and Outreach (including leafleting if required)
- Attending resettlement days in prisons
- Sourcing referrals and working with partner agencies to identify beneficiaries
- Mentoring and Intensive mentoring with ex-offenders and high need individuals
- Identifying need and how to best respond to that need
- Writing comprehensive support plans and action plans for young people
- Providing IAG to young people as required
- Home/prison visits as required
- Encouraging young people to actively address their support needs
- To assess clients, prepare individual plans and motivate service users to actively engage.
- To deliver projects in accordance with funding contract terms and conditions, and meet required outcomes/ outputs.
- To deliver IAF community outreach programmes as and when required. This includes but is not limited to:
- Recruitment and Outreach (including leafleting if required)
- Session delivery
- Organising and attending reward trips
- Organising transport/ driving the minibus
- IAG/Signposting as required
- Organising venues and coaching staff as required
- Managing volunteers and visitors as required
To deliver other IAF activity as required. This includes but is not limited to:
- Operational lead on outreach and recruitment across IAF projects,
- Life skills workshops/ activity,
- Employability workshops/ activity as required,
- Motivational speaking and drugs talks as required
- Sourcing/organising work experience and volunteering opportunities
- Sourcing/organising community projects
- To support all IAF activity including Training Programmes as and when required
- To support the delivery of the Prince’s Trust Programme as required.
- To support the delivery of the Communi-Tea outreach programme and tasks associated with the Young Persons Board
- Develop and maintain professional relationships and strategic partnerships with local partners such as colleges, training providers and other referral agencies
- Attend meetings as required with stakeholders, partners, funders, and businesses
- Develop positive working relationships with employers in the local area and encourage operational level linkages, such as work experience placements
Governance, Quality, Paperwork and Policy:
- To follow IAF policies and procedures to enable activity to be delivered effectively, within health, safety and legal guidelines.
- To ensure delivery and associated paperwork is correctly completed and compliant with legal requirements such as safeguarding, health and safety, risk assessments, data protection, equal opportunities, and employment law.
- To activity implement safeguarding policy and procedure on behalf of the charity.
- To uphold quality of provision and integrity of the service delivered to young people.
- To gather monitoring data and feedback across the charity as required.
- Maintain accurate and up to date records, as required by IAF or external funding contracts. These records must be managed in line with IAF’s data protection policy.
- Track the journey of each young person ensuring case notes and tracking systems are updated correctly
- To manage petty cash in accordance with IAF financial procedures and guidelines.
- Help with the management and supervision of volunteers as required.
- Assist with the induction of new IAF staff as required.
- To uphold the charity values and be part of an engaged, pro-active and unified working culture.
- To present and promote an appropriate public image in representing the Foundation.
- To act as a positive role model for young people on programme at all times
- To undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required commensurate with the post.
- Keep up to date, so far as necessary for the efficient executing of your job, with new legislation, procedures and techniques.
- To maintain strict confidentiality and discretion at all times.
- To supply information as required by IAF
- To attend the weekly team meeting
The post carries a commitment of 40 hours per week. Expected working hours are 8:30am – 5pm, which includes 30 minutes for lunch and breaks throughout the day. Some flexibility on working pattern may be required. Please note that a DBS check will be required.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.