Area Coordinator

Support an area volunteer team.

Area Coordinators support and coordinate a team of volunteer Local Prison Representatives. 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 the Reading Plan in prisons in your area.
  • Taking part in recruiting new volunteers and supporting their induction into their prison.
  • Supporting Local Prison Representatives build and maintain the Reading Plan 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 Local Prison Representative for example by delivering Mentor training.
  • Encouraging monthly data returns and good news stories that enable us to evaluate the Reading Plan'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 

Area Coordinators typically give at least 30 hours a month to the role. Many of the tasks can be carried out from your home but you will need to visit prisons within your area, attend area meetings and attend meetings held centrally. 

Training, induction and support

You'll attend 2 one-day workshops. The first, Induction, will introduce you to Shannon Trust, how our Reading Plan works 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
  • North West
  • Wales
  • West Midlands South
  • Yorkshire (North and West)

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
10 December, 2019 - location to be confirmed.
How to Train Mentors Workshop
7 January, 2020 - location to be confirmed.
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