Switchback Mentors support young men upon their release from prison, shaping the fundamental change they want in their own lives. Supporting this battle for real change is always challenging, frequently frustrating, but hugely rewarding, helping us to continue to bring the chance of reoffending down.

To do this effectively you need to bring both professionalism and commitment. Critically, you also need to have great personal resilience to deal with setbacks, as well as endless patience and perseverance, and a real desire to work with challenging young adults – it is not a job for the faint hearted!

We are not looking for somebody who is driven by quick-fix solutions. Rather we need a self-motivated individual with outstanding skills in empowering and supporting our Trainees through the fundamental life changes they want to make. You will work both independently and as part of a small team and critically need to be open to new ways of working.

The Basics

This is a full-time role with a starting salary of £21,750 – £26,000 per year depending on experience. You will need to have experience of working face to face with people with multiple needs and experience of personal development/ growth through self-reflection (eg: personal therapy, clinical supervision).

To find out more, please check out the Job Description and Person Spec available to download below.
To apply please send an email to  jobs@switchback.org.uk referencing Switchback Mentor in the subject line and including the two documents outlined below:

  1. A completed Personal Statement form (download below)
  2. Your CV (no longer than 2 sides of A4)

Application deadline: 10am on Monday 18th March 2019
First round interviews: Week commencing 25th March 2019

Please note that this role is subject to HMPPS vetting.

Switchback Mentor Joe gave an interview to CharityJob about the role – read about his typical day below, or click here for the whole article:

What’s a typical day like for you?
“There is no such thing as a typical day! Each Switchback Mentor spends at least one day a week working from a prison. We find and talk to guys who show readiness to make a change after release and who want to build a different future. The rest of the week is based at our bright and funky offices in Shoreditch. On any given day I could be meeting a new Trainee who has just been released from prison, showing him around the office and training café where he’ll be completing his shifts as part of the programme. Or I could be doing an action planning session with a Trainee to review how his week has been and to plan for the next one. Other times, I’ll take small groups of Trainees to have new experiences such as visiting a partner employer to see how their business works. We even take Trainees on overnight camping trips to River Cottage in Devon!”

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