Through the Gate Mentor (x2 vacancies)

Through the Gate Mentor

Location – HMYOI Cookham Wood (plus Outreach in London)
Hours – 22.5 hours per week
Working Pattern – to be discussed at interview
Salary / Band – £24,000 pro rata per annum
Fixed Term Contract for 14 months (2 vacancies)
Closing date – 24th January 2022

This role is to support the delivery of a new pilot project commissioned by The Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC) titled – Victimisation of Offender Pilot – Through the Gate Mentorship.

This pilot has been designed to work with young people who are either on remand or have been sentenced at HMYOI Cookham Wood. The overall aim of the Through the Gate Mentors is to address the young person’s individual experience of victimisation, to help them cope and recover, by introducing links to victim services, increasing the wellbeing of the young person and ultimately improve their life chances.

What you’ll be doing
The successful candidate will be required to deliver the service using a trauma informed approach, based on the ‘Trauma Recovery Model’. They will be expected to work empathetically with the young person to help them to identify and understand how the effects of trauma have manifested and affected the young person’s behaviour.
This is an exciting role with the opportunity for you to really make a difference in a young person’s life and be the lynch pin to supporting them to move on in a positive way and break the cycle of victimisation and offending.

What it’s like to work for Open Road
Open Road provides drug and alcohol treatment services and offender support services across Essex & Kent including a range of interventions that deliver mentoring, advice and information programmes. Accredited with Investing In Volunteers, our mission is to empower a diverse range of individuals, families and communities to lead healthy and more meaningful lives, free from addiction, offending behaviour and disadvantage, to ensure healthier, happier lifestyles.

Benefits to you
– £24,000 pro rata per annum (14 month contract)
– 22 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays pro rata
– Royal London Pension and Death in Service benefit
– Access to our in-house Organisational Training Plan, and full training tailored to your development needs

Open Road has a comprehensive benefits package. To see our full offer please click here – Working for Open Road – Benefits

What you need
– Experience in this field would be an advantage but not essential if you can demonstrate the right skills and knowledge.
– To have experience in delivering assessments and developing and implementing care plans with young people.
– Understanding of issues relating to young offenders and the principles of understanding how victimisation can contribute to a young person behaviour and offending
– To demonstrate the ability to network and build professional working relationships and foster partnership working

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly those from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, who are currently under-represented in this area of the organisation.

This position is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service at Enhanced Adult and Child level.


Please use the following link to complete our online application form.  Prior to starting please ensure you have all of the relevant information to hand.  Take time to review the job pack below as the shortlisting will be carried out with the Job Description and Person Specification in mind.

Open Road Application Form (online form)

Open Road Equal Opportunities Form (online form) 

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Open Road values and respects the diversity and individual differences of our services users, staff and our volunteers.

Job Pack

Job Description

Person Specification