POST:                                                      Development Worker

SALARY:                                            £25,481 pro rata per annum

HOURS:                                             4 Days a week (Mon – Thurs)

CONTRACT:                                      3 Years starting 16.08.2021

HOLIDAYS:                                       26 days plus BH’s (pro-rata)

BASE:                                                 As we continue to navigate the COVID pandemic the Development Worker will be able to enjoy the flexibility of a combined WFH/office based/external working environment depending on the task in hand.  A full WFH Risk Assessment will be undertaken.

Background of developmentplus:

Working with over 250 beneficiaries a year developmentplus runs six projects including “Step to Work”, a one-to-one coaching and mentoring programme, Bridging the Gap, a Reducing Reoffending Project, Better Together, a collaboration project, a Neighbourhood Working project, Sincil STEPS and our newest homelessness advocacy support project “Project Compass”.  Our projects are supported by a team of dedicated development workers who bring an array of skills to their roles and are all passionate about supporting people from all backgrounds in moving forward with their lives.

developmentplus has 24 years’ experience of working alongside disadvantaged and vulnerable people to help them identify issues which have a detrimental effect on their lives and then to develop solutions focussed pathways for moving forwards. We work alongside people in their community, facilitating their involvement in decisions that affect their lives, supporting them to identify and develop initiatives that they feel will improve their quality of life.  

In most recent years, our core delivery has been based around 1-1 coaching and mentoring programmes as outlined above working with beneficiaries from a broad background including individuals with poor mental health, ex-offenders, individuals furthest from the employment market and rough sleepers.

Project Overview:

“Bridging the Gap” is a ‘through the gate’ reducing re-offending project, providing mentoring services and group sessions to people released from prison into Lincoln and surrounding areas (within a 35mile radius). We aim to support clients through any issues they have, and to empower them to make positive changes which will impact themselves, their families, and the community around them. We hope that through the encouragement, guidance and often intensive support provided by the mentor, the clients will not reoffend within the first 6 months after release.  The project focusses on three referral pathways:

  • Men released from HMP Lincoln into the City and the surrounding areas (35-mile radius of the City).
  • Men released from other prisons into Lincoln.
  • Men & women who have been in custody within the last 2 years who are either working with an agency that is able to refer them on to the programme or through self-referral.

Key Tasks

Mentoring of ex-offenders

  • In collaboration with partners including the Offender Management Unit, Prison Chaplaincy and Probation, make contact and identify people who may benefit from the Project who are currently in the Criminal Justice System.
  • Contribute to the multi-disciplinary assessment of client’s needs, formulate and deliver an appropriate support plan.
  • Support the rehabilitation of people leaving prison, by offering practical support and guidance on a flexible basis matched to the person’s needs. 
  • Adhere to policies and procedures to assess risk in connection with the work.
  • Maintain contact with clients/beneficiaries to ensure ongoing progression.

Project Development

  • Develop, alongside the CEO and Bridging the Gap Team Members, a strategic relationship with the Governor and Senior Management Team in order to deliver the Service Level Agreement.
  • In partnership with Bridging the Gap Team Member, develop and deliver new group sessions.

Community Liaison

  • Establish and maintain working relationships with Police, Probation Service, Social Services, Health and other statutory agencies in the Lincolnshire area.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with all relevant voluntary agencies providing employment, training, education, information services, drug and alcohol advice, and victim support.
  • Encourage local communities to respond to the needs of people at risk of (re)offending.

Project Monitoring

  • Provide a regular report and assessment of the Project to the Line Manager, Trustees, and external funders.
  • Attend monthly reducing reoffending meetings within HMP Lincoln (once appropriate vetting checks have taken place)
  • Work towards set outcomes outlined within the funding bid.

General and Personal responsibilities:

  • Work as part of the developmentplus team.
  • Undertake regular personal supervision with the Line Manager and external Clinical supervision.
  • Undertake training as identified by developmentplus/yourself.
  • Undertake other duties as agreed with the Line Manager for the effective delivery of the project aims.

Person Specification

2 years’ experience of community development workExperience of working with a similar client groupExperience of working within a Prison setting  Comprehensive experience of I T packagesExperience of working as part of a team  X X   X  X     X
Literate & numerate A Mentoring Qualification/Experience OfICT Qualifications/knowledge (essential)X X    X
Skills & KnowledgeEssentialDesirable
Ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writingCounselling skills Ability to work on own initiative, being responsive, pro-active and versatileOrganisational skillsCommunication skillsI T skills – word processing, internet / email/WordPress  X X X   X X X   
Vacancy: Development Worker – Developmentplus