Are you looking for a dynamic and rewarding role working for an organisation with the feminist agenda at the core of its ethos? Do you believe in our values; to listen and support, to empower and respect, collaborate, innovate, and take accountability?
Then Advance Charity could be the career choice for you!
What we can offer you - Employee Benefits:
- 30 days holiday plus public holidays (pro rata for part time positions)
- Additional days off to celebrate International Women’s Day, and for religious observance and moving home
- Perkbox - an employee discount platform where you can receive free rewards as well as take advantage of savings on clothes, groceries, travel, leisure and more
- Pension scheme
- Enhanced maternity/adoption provision
- Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
- Access to Yoga/Meditation and many more activities on our wellbeing online platform
- Employee eye-care scheme
- Clinical supervision for front line staff and first line management roles
- Refer a Friend Scheme - £250 for each referral who passes probation
- Organisation wide away days
- Thorough induction and training
- Career development pathways
Advance Charity is a well-respected, award-winning, and innovative women-only organisation, established in 1998, providing emotional and practical support to women experiencing domestic abuse, and supporting women with short-term sentences to reduce offending.
About the role:
We are recruiting for a Community Keyworker to work with our Minerva team on the delivery of our new service across Kent. You will be working in a team of supportive and experienced Community Keyworkers in the Kent region and will be co-located with partner organisations in their region. You will be working with women being released from prison as part of their Post Sentence Supervision; providing some in-reach and 'Through the Gate' support. As a Community Keyworker you will provide one-to-one community support to women with a variety of needs simultaneously, including one-to-one advocacy and specialist work, as well as workshops and group activities delivered by Advance in partnership with voluntary organisations.
Please note this role is community based, offering 1:1 advocacy for women in safe spaces. The role also requires travel to probation offices and through the gate prison visits prior to women being released into the community. We are operating a hybrid working model - this role cannot be conducted fully remotely.
- Attend organisational meetings and training as and when required in Advance's Head Office in London. You will need a full British driving licence and able to drive with access to a vehicle (mileage will be compensated)
- Travel to Advance’s Head office in London for organisational meetings and training
- Providing an in-reach service to women in prison via video call/telephone and face to face in the 12 weeks prior to leaving custody to assist in preparing them for release
- Front-line work with women experiencing issues related to offending (e.g. homelessness, substance misuse, domestic violence, mental health or other relevant work area), preferably within a criminal justice setting
- Conducting needs and risk assessments, and managing risk
- Demonstrate alertness and be responsive to behaviour, information or other changes which could indicate a change in risk of serious harm
- Crisis management - ability to cope in stressful situations
To be successful as the Community Keyworker – Minerva Kent, you will have in-depth knowledge of issues facing women offenders and those at risk of offending; both in and out of the Criminal Justice System. You’ll need to have a thorough understanding of violence against women and girls, and its links to women in the criminal justice system. You’ll need to demonstrate passion and drive to motivate others and enable change, and have a track-record of engaging “hard to reach” service users. You’ll be experienced in facilitating conversations that emphasise future orientation and self-efficacy, with the ability to network, advocate, influence, problem solve, overcome barriers and apply solution focused approaches.
Ability to challenge appropriately, develop and monitor agreements and support plans with service users is a must.
*This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.
Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunities
We value diversity and believe the variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences it brings creates an effective environment in which talents can be fully utilised to achieve our goals.
We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and actively seek to recruit people from groups underrepresented in our current team. We have policies and processes in place to ensure that all employees are offered an equal opportunity in recruitment and selection, promotion, training, pay and benefits.