Area coordinator

Support an area volunteer team.

Area coordinators support and coordinate a team of prison volunteers. They help recruit and induct new volunteers and are the first point of contact for advice and support for them. They build and promote a solution-focused ethos within their team and they regularly contribute to new developments within the charity. It's a substantial role which suits someone experienced in managing people, confident delivering presentations and with good communication and interpersonal skills. 

It can take several months to complete Shannon Trust training and prison security clearance so we're looking for volunteers who are able to stay with us for a while, ideally a couple of years.

What you'll be doing

  • Establishing and coordinating best practice delivery of Shannon Trust in prisons in your area.
  • Taking part in recruiting new volunteers and supporting their induction into their prison.
  • Supporting volunteers build and maintain Shannon Trust including being their first point of contact and attending strategic meetings and agreeing plans with them.
  • Planning team activities with the regional manager and keeping an overview of team progress and key issues. 
  • Troubleshooting in prisons where support is needed or where there's no volunteer for example by delivering mentor training.
  • Encouraging monthly data returns and good news stories that enable us to evaluate Shannon Trust's impact. 
  • Organising and chairing at least three area team meetings a year to enhance skills, motivate and share best practice.
  • Attending quarterly area coordinator meetings.
  • Taking part in annual regional meetings organised by your regional manager.
  • Accompanying your regional manager to relevant strategic meetings involving prison service managers. 
  • Keeping up to date with developments at HM Prison and Probation service and Shannon Trust. 

Who we're looking for 

You don't need any formal qualifications to join the team. We're looking for people who:

  • Have a commitment to providing non-judgemental support to people in prison. 
  • Can inspire and support volunteers.
  • Are able to present at meetings and events.
  • Can manage their own time and workload.
  • Are able to use email, the internet and Microsoft word (or equivalent).

Time commitment 

The time you give us each month may vary, but the role requires you to be able to commit enough time to:

  • Effectively support your team of prison volunteers with regular check-ins.
  • Chair quarterly area meetings and attend quarterly area coordinator meetings.
  • Work with your regional manager to plan for the prisons in your area.
  • Carry out occasional visits to prisons to support the delivery of the scheme, induct new volunteers or problem solve as required.

Please note you're likely to be asked to attend morning meetings. This often means you'll be required to be at a prison by 8am.

Training, induction and support

You'll attend 2 one-day workshops. The first, Induction, will introduce you to Shannon Trust, we work and to volunteering in prisons. The second, How to Train Mentors, will get you ready to train mentors. You'll have a specific area coordinator session with your regional manager who will also provide you with ongoing support. You'll have administrative support from a volunteer area secretary. 

Benefits to you

You'll be helping unlock the power of reading for people in prison, have the chance to gain new skills and experiences or use your existing ones, and you'll be part of a great volunteer team.

Expenses and Insurance 

You'll be able to claim back all reasonable expenses and you'll be covered by our Public Liability insurance. If you use your own vehicle for Shannon Trust activity, you'll need to check that you have the correct insurance cover.

Current vacancies
  • Wales
  • North East
  • West Midlands North

Ready to start your application? Before you click on the 'apply now' button, please take a moment to check you're able to make both the Induction and How to train mentors workshops - dates below.

Next Training Dates
Induction Workshop
Date to be agreed.
How to Train Mentors Workshop
Dates to be agreed.
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