Prisons Outreach Worker

Job Title: Offender Outreach Worker

Location: Greater Manchester

Hours: Full time

Grade: B1 – B5, £21,319 - £23,505 dependent on experience

Start date: ASAP

Terms: Permanent

Responsible to: Message in Prisons Manager

Responsible for: Coordinating and delivering The Message Trust’s activities within the region’s Young Offenders’ Institutions (YOI) and prisons Managing a Team of Volunteers

Primary internal working relationships: Message HQ staff, Message in Prisons Outreach Workers

Primary External working relationships: Prisons and Young Offenders’ Institutions, The Probation Service (including Community Resettlement Companies), local churches.

Summary of the Main Purpose of the Job

To be responsible for the development and delivery of The Message Trust’s activities within one of the region’s prisons or young offender institutions (YOIs) in Greater Manchester. You would be responsible for coordinating projects and events, running outreach courses such as Alpha, discipleship groups, structured detached youth work, overseeing volunteers and establishing ongoing positive relationships with young offenders

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To establish a good working relationship with the Prison Chaplaincy Team, Head of Learning and Skills, Head of Resettlement and other Prison staff.
  • To set up and run outreach and discipleship groups working in liaison with the Prison Chaplaincy.
  • To coordinate the delivery of outreach projects and events within the prison or YOI.
  • To develop and deliver faith based, character building courses that have been developed to help young people overcome destructive behaviour.
  • To supervise local volunteers in the delivery of The Message’s activities; maintaining a commitment to their development, training needs and safety.
  • To work alongside other voluntary agencies, probation and youth offending services and co-ordinate the resettlement of ex-offenders into a suitable local church, through local volunteer mentors and other referrals.
  • To consider and make referrals where necessary to other projects or organisations including the Message’s enterprise projects, the Message’s supported discipleship home (The Oaks), assisting ex-offenders to gain employment, volunteering and, where necessary, housing upon release.
  • To establish and cultivate relationships with young offenders as a positive role model ensuring a professional, approachable and mature attitude at all times.
  • To network with other prison ministries and projects, locally.
  • To ensure all activities are run in accordance with the aims of The Message Trust.
  • To oversee the development of The Message Trust’s activities within the YOI. This will involve proactively evaluating the project and the overall effectiveness of its delivery with a view to operational adjustments where necessary.
  • To work as a full member of the Message’s staff team, attending all meetings, training and events as directed by your line manager.

Person Specification


  • The post holder must be a committed Christian who believes in the Lordship of Christ and the authority of scripture, and who wants to see the Christian message communicated effectively to young people. Applicants should have a personal testimony of their Christian faith, and be able to articulate a clear vision for their role within the work of The Message. The doctrinal basis of The Message is that of the Evangelical Alliance.
  • Applicants should be able to articulate a clear vision for their role within the work of The Message, particularly with reference to their ability to function within the framework of its Mission, Vision, Ethos and Values.
  • A high level of dependency on God and a sense of missional calling.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and teamwork abilities.
  • Skills in self-expression, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and under own initiative.
  • Experience or understanding of young people, offenders and young offender institutions or prisons.
  • Relevant youth work or ministry experience.
  • Experience in leading volunteers.
  • Ability to drive with own transport.


  • Related qualification such as youth justice, theology, youthwork, social work, healthcare or teaching.
  • Ability to play a musical instrument
  • To meet regularly with your line manager and engage with other support offered to ensure accountability and pastoral needs are met.
  • To compile and maintain regular records of work completed using The Message in Prisons tracking system.
  • Keep management up to date with events, news and developments.
  • To be committed to continue professional development in areas related to the post and in consultation with your manager.
  • Any other duties as agreed with manager.
  • Identify potential funding sources and actively seek contributions to the ministry from friends, family members and your local church.
  • Enter fully into The Message Trust team life, including morning prayers, monthly prayer days, mission events and evening prayer meetings.
  • Be aware of, and understand (and use where necessary) the organisation’s database, “Raiser’s Edge”.
  • Be aware of, and understand (and use where necessary) the prison’s computer systems.


All Message staff are set a personal fundraising target. We ask that the successful applicant has a minimum of £75 per month of regular financial support before commencing employment, increasing to £125 per month by the end of the three-month probation period and aims to add one supporter a month after that. Training and support will be given to help you achieve this.

Staff are also expected to organise and take part in, at least one fundraising or other sponsored event annually. This job description is not exhaustive and amendments and additions may be required in line with future organisational changes.

The successful candidate for this post will be asked to apply for a DBS check at Enhanced level and the content of that check could affect ability of the Message to extend the offer of employment. Any offer made to the successful candidate will be subject to the completion of security vetting and obtaining clearance through Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS) and other service providers contracted to the Ministry of Justice Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR): This post has been identified as having a GOR to be filled by a Christian under the provisions of the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations 2003 Section 7.2.

How to Apply

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