Volunteer Link Worker Vacancy!

JOB ADVERTISEMENT:

Way4ward

Way4ward has an urgent need for a volunteer to train for the position of ‘Volunteer Link Worker’.

Do you have a compassion for people who are/have been in the Criminal Justice System and – their families? Would you like to be part of helping them and their families?

This is a key position within the way4ward team.

Way4ward is a pioneering ministry, so this post is unsalaried.

It is envisaged this voluntary post would suit someone who will commit to:

  • 1 working designated day a week[1] 10:00am to 4.00pm based at Raleigh Park Baptist Church, Arodene Road, Brixton.
  • attend the 2 Friday services[2] a month 7:30pm – 9.00pm held at Raleigh Park Baptist Church, Arodene Road, Brixton.
  • attend the Quarterly Way4ward Networking Meeting 7:30pm – 9.00pm held at Raleigh Park Baptist Church,

The person must be committed to the Way4ward@raleighpark vision* and its spiritual oversight*

The person for this post will need to possess: –

  • A compassion for people who are/have been in the Criminal Justice System – and their families
  • Excellent/professional phone manner/communication skills which include exceptional listening skills and diplomacy
  • The ability to work in multi-agency situations (preferably with experience of this)
  • The capacity to be self-motivating as well as a good team worker

[1] Thursdays at present; this is likely to change

[2] The aim of these Friday meetings is to create a worship community that is welcoming to ex-offenders; currently held at Raleigh Park Church on the first and third Mondays of the month.

To express and interest call or email

Rev. Angela Bacon 07824 425193 or email angelambacon@yahoo.co.uk

or

Steve Rawlins 07870 180241 steve.rawlins@way4ward.org

First day of outreach into the community 21/10/2016

Our plans were to have 2 teams, one to go onto Tulse Hill estate and the other to go into Brixton (Windrush Sq). We had 6 attend so we had one team go onto Tulse Hill.

When we arrived a group of about 20 young people (between and ages of 12-14) had just finished football training. We said that we were from a local Church and we asked them what they thought could be improved on the estate. They started to talk about the football pitch, which they said was dangerous and said, that many of them had injured themselves playing on it. They told us about the potholes and the gravel. Then another young person said, ‘we always get people asking us what we want and nothing changes. There have been other Churches speak to us and we even spoke to the local MP. We said we wanted astroturf and floodlights because the football pitch is dangerous, but they never come back. All the other estates in Brixton have astroturf. They only help the bad people, no-one listen to us and nothing ever changes.’

We could sense their feeling of distrust and sense of invisibility. We told them we would be back and would do what we could. I asked if we could get another meeting with the MP would they be interested and they said yes.

We decided to look out for some of the older boys to get their views. We spoke to three boys one who was 16 and two who were 18 and asked them what they saw as the needs for the estate. They said the youth club is always closed and the football pitch needs astroturf and floodlight because that would keep the young people out of trouble!

We asked those older boys about themselves and if they were working or studying. One said he had a job; the other 18-year old said he is out of work and was looking for work in retail. We asked if he had a CV and if he needed support looking for work and he said he hasn’t got a CV and would like some help. We took his number and said we would call him to draft a CV for him and support him with job searching. The 16-year-old said that he wanted to go to college but missed the chance to enrol at college. He said he wanted to be a motorcycle mechanic. We will search to see if there is an apprenticeship he can apply for.

We will be inviting the boys to the Church for support.

We sent an email to the local MP and awaiting a response.

Keep us in your prayers

Invitation to London Christian Police Association Annual Event 18/10/2016

Steve was invited to testify to the power of Christ to transform lives at the Christian Police Association Annual Celebration. Steve encourage them by stating that the police often get a bad press but they should be commended for the work they do to keep us safe and the risk they put themselves in to do so. Steve also prayed for the Ambassadors. Balham Baptist Church lead the worship.

Invitation to the Conservative Party Conference 04/10/2016

Steve Rawlins was invited to speak at the Christians Conservative Fellowship supporters supper in Birmingham (https://www.christian-conservatives.org.uk/ccf-supporter-supper) Tue 4th October.

Steve spoke with Andrew Selous MP – Former Minister for Prison, Probation and Rehabilitation.

 

Way4ward have engaged over 100 people in the last year.

Way4ward has considerable expertise of working with gang members, prisoners, ex-prisoners, families and young people with complex needs, people with mental illness and recovering from addiction. In the past 12 months we have engaged over 72 people in prison, 46 through the prison gate, 25 offenders in the community and 14 families.  We have also engaged 20 young people in the community who were either at risk of exclusion from school or NEET, on our high intervention-mentoring programme. This does not include the 70 plus young people we engaged in summer school sports activities and this half term. Our work also involves meeting with families, social workers, carers and schools to provide assessments, action plans, mediation, confidence building and raising aspirations. 37 of our participants progressed to employment, apprenticeships or further training.   We worked with eight of the most challenging young people from Southwark Pupil Referral Unit (PRU).  Seven completed their Sports Leaders Level 2, five went on to complete a Food and Hygiene course and six of them completed their GCSE’s and are awaiting their results. This is a fantastic achievement as none of them where expected to sit for GCSE’s before they came to us.  We are providing high intervention specialist mentoring for three young people in care who are between the ages 14-16. We provide in-depth assessments, develop action plans, reviewing and assessing the impact of the interventions, making recommendations and write reports for social workers, local authorities, special educational needs workers, and other professionals working with the young person. We also involve parents and/or carers in this process.