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Prison Project Lead (22.5-30 HPW)

Prison Project Lead (22.5-30 HPW)

Posted 24 October 2018 by Charlton Associates

We are seeking someone with previous experience of working in a prison environment to lead our work promoting volunteering in prisons across the South West.

We currently work in 5 prisons although this may increase.

  • Dartmoor Category C Closed Male Prison, Devon
  • Eastwood Park Closed Local Female prison Gloucestershire
  • Erlestoke Category C Closed Male Prison Wiltshire
  • Guy’s Marsh Category C Closed Male prison Dorset
  • Leyhill Category D Open Male prison South Gloucestershire

N.B. -You must have current security clearance to work in a prison and your own vehicle.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To develop the Fair Shares Prison project in the South West and plan for long term sustainability

  • To ensure the successful delivery of the Fair Shares prison project in identified prisons. Currently these are HMP Leyhill, HMP Erlestoke, HMP Eastwood Park, HMP Dartmoor and HMP Guys Marsh
  • To manage the Prison Project staff and volunteers
  • To manage the budget and to assist with fundraising and income generation for the project
  • To identify and manage potential/existing risks to the running of the project
  • To build partnerships with prisons and associated staff and organisations
  • To work with prisons and the prison education provider in implementing time banking and the maths mentoring project "Times 2".
  • To support the prisoner co-ordinator post(s) and lead mentor(s) posts within the prisons to facilitate the development of the projects
  • To ensure day to day delivery and monitoring of the prison project in specific prisons
  • To evaluate and monitor the impact of project, collate statistics and provide regular reports to the CEO and funders
  • To develop links with other community organisations in Gloucestershire and near the prisons to support the time banking
  • To promote the project within the prison system and externally
  • To effectively share information within the boundaries of agreed information sharing protocols
  • Abide by health and safety guidelines and share responsibility for own safety and that of prisoners, prison staff, volunteers and colleagues
  • To ensure that standards relating to confidentiality and safeguarding are adhered to at all times in line with Fair Shares and HMPPS policies and procedures.

Our work in prisons is done in a three main ways:

Times2 Maths mentoring: (Erlestoke, Guys Marsh, Leyhill) A member of Fair Shares staff or trained volunteer works with prison and education staff members to support prisoners to run our maths mentoring projects. Offenders with maths qualifications teach and support other inmates to develop their maths skills in their own time e.g. at evening and weekends when the men are not at work or in education.

The Fair Shares worker visits the prison monthly to meet with the Lead Mentor (a prisoner) and also to chair a mentors meeting to ensure that: the project is running smoothly, the mentors have the equipment they need, progress of learners is being recorded and celebrated, that mentors and learners are being recruited and mentors have been inducted, and that mentors have undergone their prison security clearance before being assigned a learner.

Adding value to organised volunteering: (Eastwood Park) A Fair Shares member of staff meets with offenders who already volunteer within the prison on a monthly basis to discuss how the hours that they donate to the 'goodwill pot’ are used in the community to help others. These meetings usually take place in Education or the visits hall but one to one meetings may take place on the wings. The prison volunteers signed up to Fair Shares, add up the hours they spend each month volunteering within the prison and donate these hours to Fair Shares so that we can use our community volunteers to help people in the local community.

Developing a time bank within a prison - recognising informal volunteering: ( Dartmoor) A Fair Shares staff member works once a week with the men in the prison to identify how they help each other in informal ways already and to recognise this volunteering e.g. the man on the wing that helps others answer their legal letters. This work takes place in various

Required skills

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Management Skills
  • Mentoring
  • Patience
  • Diplomacy

Reference: 36443414

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