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WO004 – Specialist Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead

Based in Newcastle working across Wearside, Tyneside and Northumberland

Band 6: £26000 – £28665 per annum (actual £13000 – £14332.50)

18.5 hours per week

Closing Date – 2nd May 2021

About you

Do you have experience of working with people from minority backgrounds and knowledge of the barriers they can face in terms of the Criminal Justice System? Do you have experience of influencing and facilitating networks, groups and organisations to work effectively?

Do you have experience of developing ways of working and interventions that enable people to build upon their strengths in order to progress? Do you have experience of developing and maintaining partnerships and professional relationships with agencies in voluntary, private and public sectors?

Do you have experience of working to set policies and procedures? Do you have experience of working in an environment that requires confidentiality? Do you have experience of working in an environment that is health and safety conscious?

If so, the role of Specialist Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead could be for you

About us

Changing Lives began in 1970, when four people set up Tyneside Cyrenians, offering food and shelter to people experiencing homelessness in the North East. Since then, services have grown and developed to support people experiencing a wide range of personal challenges, including addiction and recovery programmes, employment guidance, help for people in prison or on probation, and support for people experiencing sexual exploitation or domestic abuse.

Today our charity employs over 600 staff, has 400 volunteers and operates from Berwick to London giving people hope and aspiration that their lives can change. We listen carefully to the experiences of people with lived experience and 20% of staff at Changing Lives have previously used services.

At Changing Lives, we believe that everyone deserves a safe home, a rewarding job and a life free from addiction or abuse. We also believe that, given the right support, anyone can change their life for the better. By focusing on their strengths, potential and opportunities, we help over 14,000 people overcome their problems and live safe, successful, independent lives each year.

We’re looking for committed and compassionate professionals who share our enthusiasm for changing lives.

About the job

In the North East Changing Lives have been providing gender specific services to women involved in the Criminal Justice System for 12 years.

Women become involved in the Criminal Justice System for a complex range of reasons. In our gender specific services we provide holistic support to women by women, providing one-stop-shop models of interventions via Community Hubs to help women to overcome challenges and address needs, enabling them to successfully move-on from services and live fulfilling, crime free flourishing lives.

We work closely with local community organisations to encourage people identifying as female to access existing resources as well as working to build new opportunities. We support individuals to build upon their strengths and work through any barriers that are preventing them from progressing and achieving their potential.

To ensure that we are providing a service that is fully accessible, inclusive and responsive to the needs of the people using the service we are looking to recruit a responsive, positive and pro-active individual who can take the service forward with enthusiasm. The post-holder will lead on the co-ordination of the service offer of the programme to ensure the full inclusion and progression of participants with diverse needs, including but not limited to those with:

  • disability
  • additional learning support
  • gender identity and gender expression
  • Cultural and religious
  • Cultural and religious

We are looking for candidates who can use their initiative and creativity to work with people and organisations in an empowering way. As well as holding a small caseload, the post holder will be required to work effectively with staff across the service offer so that this delivers the desired outcomes in the most effective manner. The post-holder will also be required to provide support, advice and guidance to the programme management team to ensure that we remain up to date with legislation and best practice.

Changing Lives and are passionate about creating a diverse workforce that appropriately reflects the communities we work in. Therefore, we positively encourage applications from individuals within under-represented communities.

A flexible approach must be adopted at all times and the ability to cover a range of tasks is essential.

These roles are agile working which will include being office based, delivering within community venues and with the possibility of some home working, therefore you will need to be able to  work effectively independently, and as a virtual team, under pressure to meet challenging deadlines.

Apply for the job

Want to know more about this extremely exciting and rewarding opportunity? Download the full job description and application form from https://www.changing-lives.org.uk/careers/vacancies/

We are passionate about creating a diverse workforce and positively encourage applications from under-represented communities. 

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