Everton in the Community has launched a recruitment drive for an innovative new social inclusion programme targeting young offenders.
The Blues' official charity is looking to find three new employees to deliver a scheme called 'Safe Hands', which will offer up to 150 young offenders the chance to make significant and lasting life changes.
The three new roles: Project Manager, Transitional Support Officer, Support Worker, will support the personal development of children and young adults, both male and female, aged between 15 and 21 based in young offenders' institutions and secure units across Merseyside.
Denise Barrett-Baxendale, CEO EITC said: 'This project will enable us to enhance and enrich the work we do as part of our social inclusion programme. We have in the past had great success using the power of sport and, more specifically, our iconic brand to engage vulnerable and hard-to-reach members of our society.'
'Safe Hands will provide the opportunity for Everton in the Community to work in partnership with experts from arts organisations and young offenders' institutions across Merseyside to focus on the personal needs and aspirations of young people leaving secure care. This project has been designed to prevent the young people from reoffending, offering a diversion from negative social influences and equipping them with better coping strategies and support structures to deal with life events.'
The new scheme will work with young offenders prior to release to identify their hopes and fears and an individual support package will be implemented to prepare them for release.
Once released, the participants will undertake an extensive programme of activities tailored towards their individual needs to help them get 'back on their feet' and build positive relationships with their communities.
At the end of the programme cycle, it is hoped each participant will be supported into either employment, further education or the Safe Hands Peer Mentoring Programme.
For candidates interested in any of the roles, previous experience of supporting young offenders, or those at risk of offending, is essential, as is the ability to display empathy, patience and a positive attitude at all times. Qualifications in Social Work or other relevant skills would enhance your application.
The closing date for applications is Monday 23rd January 2012 at 12 Noon.
Please note: These positions will involve training, supervising, working closely with and/or being in sole charge of children, young people under the age of 18 years, or vulnerable adults. The successful applicant will therefore be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). The Disclosure will not be applied for until you have been offered the post, although the application form will be completed during the assessment process.
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