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Women’s Programmes Lead

Department: The Social Interest Group
Work Location: Brighton & Hove, London and Bedfordshire
Salary: £35,500
Contract: Fixed Term until March 2020
Hours per week: 37.5
Shift pattern: Monday - Friday

Job description:

The Social Interest Group’s (SIG) Women’s Programmes Lead will be responsible for the delivery of the contract recently secured and funded by the Ministry of Justice; to provide gender specific interventions for women at risk of offending or with offending histories within Brighton, Hove, Luton, Bedfordshire and London. As the lead you will have overall responsibility for its design, implementation, development, monitoring and evaluation.

The purpose of the fund is to develop Whole Systems Approach (WSA) models to
provide joined-up, holistic support to address the complex needs of female offenders and other complex needs. It also aims to provide ongoing support throughout her time in the justice system where a woman is prosecuted which can help to reduce the risk of offending and, where progress can be seen, may allow those sentencing to divert her from a short custodial sentence into the community.

The Programmes Lead will have at least two direct reports which will be facilitating courses, group work and one to one sessions specifically targeting women who have experienced trauma, or are high risk groups of offending, within our own services and offering out to partner agencies including probation, mental health and local authority providers. The courses are designed to empower the women who undertake them to be able to better engage with the support available to them within services and avoid offending/re-offending.

This role will act as the SIG specialist for women’s services, which will require them to support and consult with the teams and service users throughout to ensure appropriate access and service delivery is available, along with reporting into the EMT their recommendations and findings from each service.

Experience:

•Extensive experience of supporting women with multiple and complex need in a residential or community setting
•Extensive experience of developing and implementing services and programmes aimed at educating and empowering women who are survivors of trauma.
•Extensive experience of working in a multi-disciplinary capacity, including the chairing of group meetings
•Operational line management experience of individuals and services
•Experience of developing and delivering training and facilitating group work to both service users and staff
•Experience of contract monitoring and developing commissioner relationships, including financial management
•Good understanding of IT and potential assistive technology ideas
•Experience of developing new income streams and new business would also be an advantage

Why work with us?
•Excellent core and on-going training aligned with personal development plan
•25 days annual leave (increasing 1 day per year of service up to 30 days)
•Pension, Eye-care Vouchers
•Growing and forward-thinking organisation

If you wish to work with this challenging yet rewarding client group then this could be a perfect opportunity for you

All successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhances DBS and provide employment references covering 5 years period including one from your most recent employer.

Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the issues relating to equal opportunities in service delivery and provision and to actively promote ways of eradicating racism, sexism, and other forms of negative discrimination though the group’s policies and procedures.

If you feel that this role is for you please complete the below attached application form and send to recruitment@socialinterestgroup.org.uk by the closing date.

Closing date: 03/02/2019

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Support Officer – Luton

Department: Synergy
Work Location: Luton
Salary: £16,262
Contract: Permanent
Hours per week: 37.5
Shift pattern: Monday - Friday

Job description:

About The Service

Our Synergy Service is an integrated support service with emphasis on prevention, early intervention and integration for people who are at risk of losing their independence. The service provides tailored support to clients aged 16+ over a maximum of two years, to improve their opportunity to live successfully in the community. The ethos of the service is to enable, empower and encourage individuals to develop the skills and tools to manage their accommodation, tenancies and health & wellbeing.

Our work with clients takes place at locations to meet individual needs; within our Victoria House resource centre in Luton, at their homes, in other agencies’ premises or in public meeting places.

We pride ourselves on providing accessible and flexible services to residents of Luton through partnership working and community engagement.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES

The post holder will be required to demonstrate strengths in all the indicators set out in the relevant competency requirements. More specifically, the post holder will:
•◦Support the team in delivering all aspects of support as appropriate to the individual needs of the Service User.
◦Support Service Users who self refer to complete the self referral information form
◦Undertaking tasks in the absence of the case holding Support Lead
◦Support Service Users to meet their support plan targets, including practical assistance where they have not yet developed the skills or the confidence to meet them. Help to ensure Service Users are engaged and involved with the services provided.
◦Through coaching and support, build the client’s confidence to carry out tasks for themselves, focussing on the skills that support the individual’s ability to live independently.
◦Motivating and coaching service users to attend appointments/engage in activities
◦Supporting service users to research the variety of resources available to them, specific to their own needs and specific interests
◦Report any observations relating to Service Users welfare.
◦Adhere to all the policies and procedures of the organisation plus those specific to the project including any statutory requirements.
◦Maintain records as required; specifically utilise LBC’s Capita system to maintain full SU records, files and notes.
◦Participate in team meetings/reviews and the general development of the service.
◦Undertake any other duties consistent with the grade and nature of the post as may be reasonably assigned

Why work with us?

•Excellent core and on-going training aligned with personal development plan
•25 days annual leave (increasing 1 day per year of service up to 30 days)
•Pension, Eye-care Vouchers
•Growing and forward-thinking organisation

All successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhances DBS and provide employment references covering 5 years period including one from your most recent employer.

If you wish to work with this challenging yet rewarding client group then this could be a perfect opportunity for you please see attached Job Description Support Officer JD and attached Penrose-Application-Form, once completed please send to recruitment@socialinterestgroup.org.uk by the closing date.

Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the issues relating to equal opportunities in service delivery and provision and to actively promote ways of eradicating racism, sexism, and other forms of negative discrimination though the group’s policies and procedures.

Closing date: 04/02/2019

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Bank Worker – Hove

Department: Community Base, Brighton
Work Location: Hove
Salary: £10.76 per hour
Contract: Bank Work
Hours per week: Bank work – Ad Hoc
Shift pattern: Shifts include late and early shifts. 8am-4pm and 2pm-10pm. Weekends and evenings included also.

Job description:

About The Service

Brighton Women’s Service launched on 1st November 2017 – The project is residential and provides 12 high / complex needs beds and 8 medium and lower needs beds. The service has a trauma informed approach using a PIE model. As a Recovery Worker, you will have responsibility for providing high quality support services in line with the Equinox Mission, Values and Strategy. The successful candidate will have experience of working with adults who are vulnerable and have multiple and complex needs. You must be willing to work flexibly, which includes weekday hours, evenings and weekend working.

Purpose Of The role

To support Service Users to achieve their personal goals and positive outcomes by offering a flexible, recovery focused accommodation service for Women with Multiple and Complex Needs.

To support Service Users to establish a weekly routine, develop their life skills and become more self-reliant, so that they can move on to independent living within agreed timeframes.

To work with Service users and colleagues to create a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) that promotes health and wellbeing.

Main Responsibilities

•Implement the service’s policies and procedures in order to deliver the overall programme using a recovery focused approach.
•Provide key work and support planning for Service Users, with relevant interventions such as life skills support, to help successful recovery in line with Service Users’ personal goals.
•Encourage Service Users to develop social networks and undertake meaningful activities to assist them to develop positive coping mechanisms and reintegrate into the wider community.
•Explore resettlement options for Service Users and assist them to move on successfully to appropriate housing options.
•Maintain a standard of service as required by Commissioners and Equinox to deliver a safe and effective service.
•Responsible for the maintenance of a healthy, safe and psychologically informed environment that includes the security of the building, fabric and grounds.
•Ensure that information is shared appropriately within the team and with other professionals and that all Service User and service records are accurate and up to date.
•To complete reports, including support plans, case notes and other documentation for managers as required in a timely and accurate manner.
•Liaise with relevant and appropriate agencies and services to provide information, advice, support and treatment where necessary in relation to physical and mental health, substance misuse, education, employment and training, life skills and any other identified support needs.
•Encourage and support Service Users to participate in the running and development of the service and activities/interventions that support self-management and independent living.
•Ensure the consistent and effective implementation of the Equinox Equal Opportunities Policy and Procedures.
•Participate in reflective learning sessions within the framework of a Psychologically informed Environment, team meetings and on-going training and development as identified by Equinox and in on-going lien management and annual appraisals

Why work with us?

•Excellent core and on-going training aligned with personal development plan
•25 days annual leave (increasing 1 day per year of service up to 30 days)
•Pension, Eye-care Vouchers
•Growing and forward-thinking organisation

If you wish to work with this challenging yet rewarding client group then this could be a perfect opportunity for you

All successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhances DBS and provide employment references covering 5 years period including one from your most recent employer.

Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the issues relating to equal opportunities in service delivery and provision and to actively promote ways of eradicating racism, sexism, and other forms of negative discrimination though the group’s policies and procedures.

If you feel that this role is for you please complete the attached application form and send to recruitment@socialinterestgroup.org.uk by the closing date.

Closing date: 08/02/2019

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Recovery Worker – Hove

Department: Community Base, Brighton
Work Location: Hove
Salary: £20,059.86
Contract: Permanent
Hours per week: 37.5
Shift pattern: Working on a rota. Shifts include late and early shifts. 8am-4pm and 2pm-10pm. Weekends and evenings included also.

Job description:

About The Service

Brighton Women’s Service launched on 1st November 2017 – The project is residential and provides 12 high / complex needs beds and 8 medium and lower needs beds. The service has a trauma informed approach using a PIE model. As a Recovery Worker, you will have responsibility for providing high quality support services in line with the Equinox Mission, Values and Strategy. The successful candidate will have experience of working with adults who are vulnerable and have multiple and complex needs. You must be willing to work flexibly, which includes weekday hours, evenings and weekend working.

Main Responsibilities

•Implement the service’s policies and procedures in order to deliver the overall programme using a recovery focused approach.
•Provide key work and support planning for Service Users, with relevant interventions such as life skills support, to help successful recovery in line with Service Users’ personal goals.
•Encourage Service Users to develop social networks and undertake meaningful activities to assist them to develop positive coping mechanisms and reintegrate into the wider community.
•Explore resettlement options for Service Users and assist them to move on successfully to appropriate housing options.
•Maintain a standard of service as required by Commissioners and Equinox to deliver a safe and effective service.
•Responsible for the maintenance of a healthy, safe and psychologically informed environment that includes the security of the building, fabric and grounds.
•Ensure that information is shared appropriately within the team and with other professionals and that all Service User and service records are accurate and up to date.
•To complete reports, including support plans, case notes and other documentation for managers as required in a timely and accurate manner.
•Liaise with relevant and appropriate agencies and services to provide information, advice, support and treatment where necessary in relation to physical and mental health, substance misuse, education, employment and training, life skills and any other identified support needs.
•Encourage and support Service Users to participate in the running and development of the service and activities/interventions that support self-management and independent living.
•Ensure the consistent and effective implementation of the Equinox Equal Opportunities Policy and Procedures.
•Participate in reflective learning sessions within the framework of a Psychologically informed Environment, team meetings and ongoing training and development as identified by Equinox and in ongoing lien management and annual appraisals

Why work with us?
•Excellent core and on-going training aligned with personal development plan
•25 days annual leave (increasing 1 day per year of service up to 30 days)
•Pension, Childcare Vouchers, Eye-care Vouchers
•Growing and forward-thinking organisation

If you wish to work with this challenging yet rewarding client group then this could be a perfect opportunity for you

All successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhances DBS and provide employment references covering 5 years period including one from your most recent employer.

Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the issues relating to equal opportunities in service delivery and provision and to actively promote ways of eradicating racism, sexism, and other forms of negative discrimination though the group’s policies and procedures.

If you feel that this role is for you please complete the attached application form and send to recruitment@socialinterestgroup.org.uk by the closing date.

Closing date: 08/02/2019

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Head of Community Services

Department: Penrose Criminal Justice Services
Work Location: Head Office – Pan-London
Salary: £40,000 - £45,000 pa
Contract: Permanent
Hours per week: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Shift pattern: Monday - Friday - Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

Job description:

We are looking for a talented, passionate and ambitious Head of Community Services to join our Criminal Justice division and provide leadership across our community work by ensuring that we:

1.Continue to support our clients towards meaningful change, healthy lives and desistance from crime
2.Utilise and enhance evidence-based approaches and best practice to drive continuous improvement
3.Deliver excellent outcomes and value for money for our commissioners
4.Create a working environment with an emphasis on coaching in which all staff can fulfil their potential
5.Continue to grow by identifying and securing new business

Penrose Criminal Justice Services (Penrose CJS) deliver a wide array of services across London. In custody, we deliver immediate needs and resettlement support for men in four London prisons. The Head of Community Services role will oversee all of our criminal justice projects outside of prison, which include:

1.Our Post Sentence Supervision service, supporting over 2,000 adult men per year as part of our contract with London Community Rehabilitation Company (LCRC)
2.Our employment support service, including organising quarterly Job Fairs and continuing to develop our network of ‘offender-friendly’ employers
3.Aspire (Sutton) – an 8-bedroom property for male service users and a further 10 independent living properties for men and women dispersed across the Borough
4.A ‘through the gate’ mentoring pilot for vulnerable men across 5 London boroughs and 2 prisons

The role will lead a staff team spread across London, including frontline Responsible Officers and Resettlement Workers, Team Coordinators, Service Managers and Data Officers. The role currently has two direct reports (Service Manager and Pilot Project Lead), although may have up to seven reports as the business grows. This role will report to the Deputy Director of Penrose CJS.

You will be responsible for contract compliance, standards and leading each of your services, supporting your managers to ensure they meet or exceed performance targets and achieve positive outcomes for their service users. You will be responsible for reporting our performance to our commissioners and executive team in a clear and timely fashion and taking swift action to address any areas of underperformance. You will also be required to contribute to reports to Penrose’s Board of Trustees.

You will be a subject matter expert in criminal justice, keeping informed of research and policy developments, assessing their impacts, identifying gaps in provision and using your expertise to develop creative solutions, strengthening and diversifying our offer. You will use your knowledge to hold your services to account, conducting monthly audits and ensuring learning and best practice is cascaded to managers and frontline staff.

You will support your Service Managers to make sure each service is adequately staffed, and maintain a culture of learning and development through supervisions, appraisals and continuing professional development processes. You will ensure a coaching approach to line management is implemented throughout your services and adopted by frontline staff when supporting service users.

The role will also be responsible for delivering each service within its budget so an understanding of financial management and budgeting processes will be necessary.

Knowledge of the Criminal Justice System, excellent communication skills and being able to develop strong working relationships with your teams, commissioners and other key stakeholders will be vital to the role. You will have some experience of business development and will support Penrose CJS to identify and secure new sources of income, as well as helping us to position ourselves for the upcoming tenders for probation services.

You will have a passion for working with people with experience of the criminal justice system and/or with other marginalised groups, and a belief that everyone can turn their life around regardless of past or present circumstances. You will have some previous management experience, an ability to motivate and inspire, and a keen eye for detail.

If you would like to find out more about the role, please contact Adam Moll, Deputy Director of Penrose CJS, for an informal discussion on 07805 739123 or at adam.moll@penrose.org.uk

To apply we require your CV along with Supporting Statement (no more than 2 sides of A4) detailing your knowledge and experience against the Key Areas of Responsibility for the Head of Community Services, this can be found on the attached Job Description an send to recruitment@socialinterestgroup.org.uk by the closing date.

Why work with us?

•Excellent core and on-going training aligned with personal development plan
•25 days annual leave (increasing 1 day per year of service up to 30 days)
•Pension, Eye-care Vouchers
•Growing and forward-thinking organisation

All successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhances DBS and provide employment references covering 5 years period including one from your most recent employer.

Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the issues relating to equal opportunities in service delivery and provision and to actively promote ways of eradicating racism, sexism, and other forms of negative discrimination though the group’s policies and procedures.

Closing date: 10th January 2019

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