Peer Trainer/Coordinator (Engaging with People on Probation) North East and West England

Position               Engaging People on Probation (EPOP) Peer Trainer/Coordinator

Location              Home Based but will require regular travel within their designated areas: North East and North West England 

Salary                   £27,577 + excellent benefits

Hours                   35 hours per week (flexible working)

Status                  Fixed Term 31st January 2025

Reference            PTC/EPOP/CJ/74

Closing date        Midday 24 January 2022  

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. 

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.

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 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.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be able to work with others to allow them to overcome ongoing issues affecting their development, progression, and ability to deliver specific interventions.
  • Be able to facilitate group and individual learning and development.
  • Be able to support adults who have experienced disadvantage and/or social exclusion and may have ongoing high or complex needs.
  • Effectively manage volunteers or staff.
  • Have excellent relationship-building and network-creation skills.
  • Be able to communicate concisely, clearly, and authoritatively in person and in writing.
  • Have excellent time-management and prioritisation skills.

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

Please see the role profile for more details.

We care about offering great benefits

The Wise Group provides an inclusive and supportive working environment and an excellent benefits package, which includes the following:

  • Remote First – we actively try to ensure a positive work life balance and we welcome applications from those requiring flexibility.
  • 33 days’ annual leave (including Public Holidays) plus one additional day for every completed year of employment up to a maximum of an additional five days
  • Your birthday off
  • Generous Salary Exchange Pension Scheme
  • Sick pay rising to 26 weeks full pay
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Life Assurance
  • Health Care Plan
  • Cycle Scheme
  • Daily online sessions to encourage positive wellbeing
  • 3 volunteering days
  • Furniture allowance for new starts
  • And more!

How to apply

To apply please upload your most recent CV and a covering letter on our website

Your covering letter should highlight your experience in line with the requirements of the role and the reasons why you are the right person for the team.

The Wise Group is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce and to the equality of opportunity for all. We encourage applications from candidates currently under-represented in our enterprise, so we are keen to hear from people from ethnic minority groups, disabled and/or neuro diverse people and those from a lower socio-economic background.

As a Disability Confident employer, we are committed to offering an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online, please call 0141 303 3131.

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