The Scottish Government has granted money which is being distributed through Community Justice Authorities to be used “to support diversion services delivering alternatives to remand and custody for women offenders”. Apex Scotland has been awarded a sum of this money to be used to expand our current Women’s Mentoring Service.
Our Women’s Mentoring Service is a voluntary intensive mentoring service providing both practical and emotional support to women who are at risk of offending, to help themselves to develop their own personal identity, skills, knowledge and abilities. We now require a temporary member of staff to help deliver this service in the Dumfries and Galloway area.
The post is funded until the end of March 2016, with possible extension. The successful candidate will work on a one to one basis with women of all ages who may face multiple barriers to progression, providing advocacy when required and through signposting to specialist agencies.
Experience of working with service users to help maximise their potential and an understanding of the issues facing women are essential. The post will involve working within a prison setting as well as in the community therefore knowledge and experience of working within a prison establishment would also be an advantage. The position is based in Dumfries but a current driving licence or access to a means of transport is essential as the post will cover a significant area. Knowledge of the Scottish Criminal Justice system is desirable but not essential.
In view of the nature of this post, the successful candidates will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure Check in terms of Part V of the Police Act 1997.
Job reference: DUM/WMS
Rate of pay: £19,013 - £21,042 pro rata per annum
Hours of work: 17.5 hours per week
Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 16 November 2015