The Reader currently works in 35 criminal justice settings across the UK. Some of our work is positioned in specialist units, which aim to give residents space to put new ways of thinking into practice in ordinary situations. All of our work necessitates the ability to cultivate good, professional relationships, create meaningful interactions, whilst paying attention to specific interpersonal difficulties (for example, issues indicated by a diagnosis of personality disorder).
Taking up the advertised role would require you to:
- Lead weekly Shared Reading groups in criminal justice settings: to aid the people in those environments with their personal growth, as well as, more generally, fostering reading for pleasure, wellbeing and good mental health
- Work closely with host organisation staff to plan delivery of Shared Reading groups, engaging with setting staff at all levels to build relationships with them, and together embed Shared Reading within the environment’s culture and routine
- Build and maintain good relationships with prison and approved premises residents; the ability to meaningfully connect with people from all backgrounds will be needed
- Select and work with a wide range of reading material, including poetry, in order to stimulate deep reflection and free-flowing conversation, striking a balance between accessibility, complexity, and appropriateness along with sensitivity to group members
- Demonstrate the impact of Shared Reading to setting staff, including security personnel, administrators, and clinicians
- Record details of your groups and take an active role in our annual organisation-wide evaluation process will also be involved
- Feedback to key staff within the host setting and your line manager at The Reader.
- Provide on-going mentoring for Reader-trained staff in settings, including: the selection, planning and preparation of texts; observation of delivery; and feedback
- Contribute to monthly newsletters to support skills development amongst trained partner organisation staff
- Maintain a commitment to and awareness of both The Reader’s policies and safeguarding requirements and those of our commissioners and funders.
- Hold responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of the children, young people and vulnerable adults you come into contact with
- Attend and contribute to staff meetings, feeding back useful information from your setting
- Work as an effective team member, participating in personal and professional development, wider organisational meetings and, as required,
- make written contributions for newsletters, reports, our website, and wider publications
- Take an active role and interest in the core business of The Reader which includes training others in Shared Reading techniques, communicating the work of The Reader effectively
- Fundraising activities if and as required
- Represent The Reader in public, maintaining relationships with partner agencies and ensuring positive impacts are recorded