Position: Regional Lead (Engaging with People on Probation)
Salary: Inside M25: £32,546 – £37,883 p/a; Outside M25: £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. We are currently recruiting for the below locations; please indicate on your application which Region you’re applying for.
Region 1: South Central and London
Region 2: Wales & South West England
Region 3: East of England and Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Are you a dynamic, compassionate and proactive individual with a strong understanding of the barriers faced by people on probation, including the challenges they face when engaging with criminal justice agencies? Are you looking for an exciting new career opportunity?
If so, join St Giles as a Regional Lead on our vital Engaging with People on Probation (EPOP) project, where you will coordinate the regional delivery of contract activities, and manage the implementation of self-assessment tool and action planning and peer-led (lived experience-led) consultancy with the National Probation Service.
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.
There are 12 regional hubs across England and Wales, and we are looking for Regional Leads who will be responsible for managing and co-ordinating a range of activities across their allocated NPS regions.
The role will involve engaging with people on probation, NPS staff and/or a combination of both. It would be beneficial if you had an understanding and knowledge of the barriers faced by people on probation including the challenges and obstacles they face when engaging with criminal justice agencies.
What we are looking for
- Strong practical understanding of the value of lived experience in local service design, delivery, and evaluation
- Experience of managing and coordinating a team to deliver a range of activities
- Developing and delivering against action plans, including tracking progress, monitoring and reporting
- Experience of supporting people with lived experience to gain new skills
- Knowledge and understanding of how the Criminal Justice System works
- Ability to collate information and communicate via written reports, presentations and briefings
- Passionate about listening to and helping others have their voices heard
- Impressive interpersonal, relationship-building and 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.