Are you passionate about working directly with people from marginalized communities on a 1-to-1 basis? Would you relish the chance to build relationships with young adult prison-leavers as part of an award-winning small charity in East London?
Being a Switchback Mentor is a unique opportunity to build transformative relationships with young prison-leavers, supporting Switchback Trainees to build stable, rewarding lives. You will go into prisons to directly engage young men and continue that intensive support after release with a small caseload in the community. You will receive sector-leading training, professional development and supervision from a leading resettlement charity recognised by the Longford Prize as “a beacon of hope at a time of chaos”.
If you have at least one year’s experience of working directly with people with complex needs and are looking for a unique opportunity to work in a truly person-centred way (no tick-boxes here!), we want to hear from you.
Switchback is committed to diversity and strongly encourages applications from every part of the communities we serve, particularly people from BAME backgrounds and those with lived experience of the criminal justice system. All appointments are made on merit.
Switchback is an award-winning charity helping young Londoners to find a way out of the justice system and build a stable, rewarding life they can be proud of.
We provide intensive one-to-one support on both sides of the prison gate alongside real-work training after release, supporting 18-30 year-old men (Switchback Trainees) to make real, lasting change. Our long-term approach means that Switchback Trainees are five times less likely to return to custody. Switchback is growing fast and setting our sights higher than ever, aiming to reach even more prison-leavers while inspiring change across the system. To do so we need more amazing people to become Switchback Mentors supporting young men through-the-gate. That’s where you come in.
We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals, brilliant at working with people and keen for the chance to be autonomous, with support. You will be able to expect the unexpected, be energetic and have a good sense of self-awareness. With a commitment to learning and furthering your own development, you will also have great attention to detail and a desire for accuracy and consistency. You will be excited about the chance to be part of a cutting-edge charity enabling some of London’s most marginalised young people to make real, lasting change in their lives.
Switchback takes Switchback Mentor development seriously. Switchback Mentors are the drivers of our impact and we will help to build your expertise as a therapeutic practitioner through our in-house training in our unique change model. This is complemented by a comprehensive training and supervision package including: monthly 1:1 clinical supervision; monthly psychologically-informed reflective practice sessions with the world-renowned Tavistock Institute; and an individualized budget to spend on external training in different psychological methods of practice. You will also join a structured progression pathway that provides opportunities to further develop management skills and technical expertise, informed by your own learning goals.