Peer Trainer: Coordinator (Engaging with People on Probation)

Position: Peer Trainer: Coordinator (Engaging with People on Probation)

Salary: £29,546 – £34,883 p/a (where we believe we have a strong candidate for the role, we will consider appointing at the higher end of the scale)

Hours / Contract: 35 hrs p/w (flexible working) – Fixed Term to 31st January 2025

Location: Flexible in terms of location / base. The role will require regular travel across Southern England and Wales including London, South West, South Central, East of England and Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

 Ref: TCS-211

Are you a proactive, engaging and highly organised individual with a proven record of delivering support to adults who have experienced disadvantage and/or social exclusion and may have complex needs? Do you have extensive experience of establishing networks of partner organisations to work collaboratively towards long-term goals?

 If so, we are looking for a Peer Trainer: Coordinator to join our team, where you will scope, develop, and coordinate the ongoing training of EPOP Peer Consultants.

Who are we?

The Wise Group and St Giles came together 2 years ago to form a partnership with the aim of supporting the Probation Resettlement reforms by offering a high-quality service underpinned by staff who have lived experience and cultural competency. To date we have been awarded 17 contracts to deliver Personal Wellbeing and Women’s Services across England and Wales. These services will involve delivering a range of resettlement support interventions to people on probation either being released from custody or on community sentences

 St Giles is an award-winning social justice charity using expertise and real-life past experiences to empower people who are not getting the help they need. People held back by poverty, exploited, abused, dealing with addiction or mental health problems, caught up in crime or a combination of these issues and others. We show people there is a way to build a better future for themselves and those they care about and help them create this through support, advice, and training. Our peer-led services form the backbone of our work, putting people with lived experience at the centre of delivery, design, and evaluation of support and services across the UK.

 The Wise Group is a leading social enterprise which is proud to be making a difference to people’s lives. We’re proud because we help people to find jobs, provide advice to people struggling to heat their homes and support people to find their feet following time in prison. To do this, the Wise Group works in partnership with everyone from large businesses to national and local government and third sector organisations who provide essential specialist support to our customers. Together, we’re greater than the sum of our parts.

About this exciting opportunity

We have now been awarded a further contract, the Engaging People on Probation (EPOP) project which over the next three years will aim to support the National Probation Service (NPS) to embed a new approach to engaging with service users. This will be an exciting project in which you could be part of a team working closely with the NPS to help facilitate a cultural shift in how people on probation are engaged without the need for externally commissioned support. You will contribute to a project which seeks to enable people on probation to influence and be more effectively involved in service design, development, delivery and review processes all whilst ensuring Probation staff themselves are able to take over primary responsibility for driving and delivering engagement.

The Peer Trainer/Coordinator role will involve developing and establishing ongoing coordination and training of EPOP Peer Consultants. You will be responsible for identifying and recruiting these consultants as well as monitoring their progress and providing ongoing training and support.

You will also be building relationships and buy-in to deliver long-term system change in the NPS. This will be done through influencing and making the case for embedding Peer Consultancy in all aspects of the NPS delivery.

 What we are looking for

  • Oversight/coordination of a project of equivalent size and ambition that had specific data collection, reporting and measurement requirements
  • Experience managing volunteers or staff effectively
  • Proven record of delivering effective group training and facilitation
  • An understanding of issues faced by adults who have experienced disadvantage and/or social exclusion
  • Knowledge of the issues faced by project participants in accessing and sustaining training or employment
  • The ability to work with others to enable them to overcome ongoing issues affecting their development
  • Strong relationship-building, networking and interpersonal abilities
  • Impressive communication skills, both verbal and written

Please see the role profile for more details.

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

Please note, vetting process will be in accordance with Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards (BPSS) and will include Enhanced DBS check

Closing date: Midday, 24 January 2022. 

St Giles will guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria set out in the Job Description for the vacancy.

To apply please upload your most recent CV and a covering letter on our website https://www.thewisegroup.co.uk/CV-And-Cover-letter-upload.