Volunteer Caseworker – Footsteps (VCW-171)

London (Greater)
11 Jan 2018
13 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Do you have an empathy with females with mental health issues and a real desire to use your spare time to help others to look forward to a brighter future? Then the role of Volunteer Caseworker within the Footsteps project could be just right for you.

A well-established charity that helps ex-offenders and disadvantaged people to move their lives forward, St. Giles Trust offers support to help people overcome any issue that might be holding them back.

The Footsteps project is female-led and supports disadvantaged females who are involved with or at risk of involvement with the Criminal Justice System and have complex needs. The aim is to improve the lives of our clients through support with mental health issues, reducing the risk of offending/reoffending, accessing healthcare and substance misuse services, and maintaining healthy relationships. The service offers intensive support and works flexibly filling potential gaps, meeting and supporting clients with a service tailored to their individual needs and circumstances.

What you will be doing:

  • Managing your own small caseload while working alongside the team leader and caseworker(s) to support women with mental health needs.
  • Taking part in outreach case work that will require some travel around London; joint-working with external agencies to support our clients; meeting clients on release from prison (HMP Send, Downview and Bronzefield).
  • Helping to develop the service.
  • Having the opportunity to complete a Level 3 IAG course as part of the role (requires a min. 6 month commitment).

And what you will need:

  • Relevant experience in working with disadvantaged adults is essential.
  • An interest in the issues affecting women experiencing disadvantage and those involved in the Criminal Justice System.
  • You must be able to volunteer for a minimum of 2 days a week and for a minimum of 6 months (or a min 3 months if volunteering for 4-5 days per week).
  • A well-organised approach, caring disposition and good communication and relationship building skills.
  • A willingness to travel across London as required as well as occasional travel to the 3 female prisons local to London.

Please note that due to the nature of this role, applications can only be accepted from female applicants.

For further information or to apply please visit our website.