Gangs Groupwork Facilitator and Mentor

St Giles Trust
£20,000 - £24,999
17 Nov 2019
20 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Part Time
Gangs Groupwork Facilitator and Mentor (Kent) Ref: GFK-191

19,847 - 26,852 pa (to be pro-rated against part time hours)

Part-time (3 days) - Fixed Term Contract to 31 March 2021

Location - East & West Kent for deliveries

Closing date: 11pm, 17th November 2019

Interview dates: 25th November 2019

Do you have the personality and confidence it takes to stand up in front of groups of young people and talk about gang life and serious crime? Are you ready for a working life that's varied and rewarding and provides an opportunity for both personal and professional growth? Then join us as a Gangs Groupwork Facilitator and Mentor and you could soon be putting your experience of positively engaging with young people at risk of exploitation or involved in criminality to excellent use.

About St Giles Trust

An ambitious, well-established charity that helps people facing adversity to find jobs, homes and the right support they need. Central to our ethos is our belief that people with first-hand experience of successfully overcoming issues such as an offending background, homelessness, addictions and gang involvement, hold the key to positive change in others.

About this exciting opportunity

Drawing on your own personal experience, you will provide a support service to young people aged 11-18 who are at risk of involvement in serious youth violence or gang related activity. This will include delivering SOS+ sessions to small and large groups of young people, providing mentoring support to these young people and working closely and supporting the SOS+ Manager to develop sessions and disseminate information to professionals.

In addition you will help to develop and promote the service and work with the SOS+ Manager to ensure all data from sessions delivered is collated and reflected properly in the statistics.

What we are looking for:
  • Lived experience of the Criminal Justice System (or currently serving a sentence within a prison in the area and eligible for ROTL), and being involved in a gang or knife crime.
  • Experience of delivering/facilitating sessions to groups - especially socially excluded young people - and providing them with support, advice and advocacy.
  • Experience of providing 1-2-1 mentoring support to vulnerable young people at risk of exploitation.
  • Knowledge of gangs, county lines drug-smuggling, knife crime and patterns of offending in certain areas, the ability to recognise signs of child sexual exploitation and an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding practices and policies.
  • Strong IT skills and the ability to utilise monitoring systems to record all aspects of a project, including actions, outcomes and referrals.
  • The ability to travel around the Kent frequently (preferably drives).

In return you can expect a competitive salary and generous leave allowance, staff pension scheme, flexible working, a mentoring programme, an advice & counseling service, season ticket loan and much more besides.