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Prison Time Bank Project Worker (22.5-30 HPW)

Prison Time Bank Project Worker (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 deliver 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 time banking and Times2 maths mentoring opportunities in identified South West prisons

  • To develop and support the Fair Shares prison project in identified prisons. The project currently runs in HMP Leyhill, HMP Erlestoke, HMP Eastwood Park, HMP Dartmoor and HMP Guys Marsh. This role would be to work in 3-4 of the prisons
  • To support the prisoner co-ordinator post(s) and lead mentor(s) posts within the prisons to facilitate the development of the projects
  • To meet with prisoners in identified South West prisons and to introduce them to the principles of Time Banking and to encourage them to become participants and/or Maths mentors.
  • To meet with prison staff and voluntary organisations to encourage them to sign up to Fair Shares Timebank projects
  • To facilitate matches between participants and support the assignments as appropriate.
  • To develop and circulate materials promoting the work of the Time Bank / Maths mentoring projects.
  • To ensure that all new participant details and transactions are recorded.
  • To work with local community organisations and time banks to promote opportunities for the hours banked within the prison to be used to benefit prisoners’ families and / or the local community.
  • To work with Fair Shares and prison staff to ensure that all safety checks/risk assessments are carried out in relation to our prison work and permission is given prior to communicating with offenders families to arrange exchanges.
  • To ensure the collection of data, feedback and case studies and run focus groups
  • To monitor and review the activities of the Time Bank and support the preparation of reports to funders and other interested parties.
  • 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
  • Mentoring
  • Patience
  • Diplomacy

Reference: 36443464

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