Volunteer mentors engage with people who have recently been, or are soon to be, released from prison. The Volunteer mentor and Service User develop a care plan which aims to reduce the service users’ risk of re-offending. .All care plans work towards end goals. The mentor can support the service user for up to six months in the community. At first, meetings can be frequent but typically reducing in frequency as the service user becomes more settled. Volunteers are required to be able to use an online case-management system (training will be given) to report on their progress with a Service User after every meeting, Volunteer mentors will attend a bespoke three-day core training programme, which draws upon an accredited course developed by the Community Chaplaincy Association. This includes training around interviewing skills, appropriate boundaries, data protection and case-management. New mentors will also be given the opportunity to shadow more experienced mentors or staff until they feel ready to take on their own service user. Volunteer mentors will report to a Footprints staff member who will support and supervise them and may have an opportunity to attend other events. We also provide refresher training where volunteers liaise and attend workshops on related topics. The role involves signposting ex-offenders to the relevant specialist services that they require to assist them in rebuilding their lives, acting as advocate when necessary, establishing clear lines of communication, and making referrals to agencies working in the following areas: Housing, employment, education, debt, benefits, substance abuse and dependency, health and family. Volunteers aim towards agreed targets with Service Users, assessing progress along the way. All meetings are recorded and evaluated. The minimum commitment to Footprints is 12 months
Experience of working in an environment supporting vulnerable people, either paid or voluntary, or from personal experience.(and/or friends/family) with statutory services ie, housing, benefits, social services, criminal justice system is desirable.
Empathy – ability to listen impartially and without judgement Negotiation skills – To encourage, motivate and support individuals in making positive life choices. To work within organisational guidelines whilst using own initiative and motivation. To work flexibly and share skills and experience with Fooprints volunteers and staff team. To be pro-active and confident to act on behalf of Footprints mentees depending on need.
Personally Committed to working with prisoners and ex-prisoners Inspiring and encouraging Flexible and resilient Self-starter and persistent A willing commitment to continued learning and development
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
all travel expenses from home and other sundry costs.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 05/04/2018
End Date: 11/06/2020
This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.
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