Mentoring - Thames Valley
Mentoring - Thames Valley
About this service
The Mentoring project (funded by HMPPS CFO3 and ESF) is currently delivering in the Thames Valley Community. Our service is designed to provide support to people released from prison through mentoring to encourage full integration and to promote social inclusion. The project provides 1 to 1 support to prisoners in order to access support from other organisations, hence raising awareness around the specific needs of women and their families.
Purpose of this role
We are looking for volunteers to support prisoners resettling back through
practical and emotional support. Volunteers will be working in prison
before release, then after release in the community to continue
engagement with services.
Time commitment & location
Location: Thames Valley
Hours of work: Mentoring opportunities take place Monday-Friday only, between 9am and 5pm.
A minimum of 4 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months is required.
What you will be doing
- Supporting and accompanying people released from prison to appointments and meetings
- To acknowledge positive qualities and skills
- Researching and developing links with local services
- Meeting with prisoners in custody before release from prison
- Working to meet the needs identified between the offender and their Offender Manager
- Completing exit surveys/interviews
- Completing a 2 day Foundation training course
- Recording information including behaviour, compliance and engagement
The type of person we are looking for
Skills / Abilities
No experience necessary
To be able to type up clear and concise case notes
Confidence to communicate with potentially difficult service users
Non-judgemental attitude towards prisoners and their families
Being friendly and approachable
Willingness to help others
What we offer
This post is subject to an initial interview, 2 day training, 2nd Interview, DBS checks and satisfactory references.
Travel costs, via public transport or private car (mileage) will be reimbursed including travel to attend training. Subsistence, i.e. lunch may also be reimbursed, according to our expenses policy.
This role is subject to:
- 2 references
- DBS check (Disclosure & Barring Service)
- Security Vetting by Her Majesty’s Prison Service.
Please be aware that these necessary checks can take a number of weeks to process.
Support and Supervision
We will provide a full induction and regular supervision to support you in the role.
Benefits to you
- You’ll be helping Pact in reducing re-offending
- Ongoing support, Supervisions and training
- Gain valuable hands on experience
- CV building and Character reference after 6 months
- Being a part of a fun, dedicated and enthusiastic growing team
- Networking with a range of services
- Basic Travel expenses reimbursed