Solas Project: Youth Worker - Compass (Prison Programme)

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Youth Worker - Compass (Prison Programme)

The Youth Worker (known in Solas Project as a Youth Cultivator) will work within the spirit of Solas Project, the vision of which is an Ireland where all children and young people truly know their self-worth and can take full advantage of their potential. We are achieving this through providing a range of innovative interventions that equip and empower young people to reach their full potential, live life to the full and participate fully in society. Through programmes of learning, mentoring, personal and social development we support young people to create a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

The aim of Compass is to “love every young prisoner in Ireland away from re-offending and towards a new life”. This is achieved by running meaningful activities in the prison which then enables relationships to be built and continued in a mentoring capacity in the community. The Youth Cultivator will work as part of the Compass team to co-ordinate and run in-prison activities as well as to provide community mentoring for young people upon their release from prison. We invite appropriately qualified individuals to apply who are committed to the healthy development of young people, have a creative approach to working with our target group (Young people within the justice system aged 16-24), and are enthusiastic about working within a demanding youth work environment.

Job Title: Youth Cultivator – Compass (Prison Programme)
Duration: 12 months initial contract
Hours of Work: 35 hrs a week with occasional weekend and evening work required
Start Date: March 2019

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum of two years’ experience of working with young people in a disadvantaged context
  • A recognised qualification in one: Youth Work, Social Work, Education or related discipline.
  • Extensive experience of the not for profit sector in a disadvantaged context
  • Proven track record of ability to attract, motivate and manage volunteers
  • Innovative spirit with the ability to identify and develop new and fresh ways to expand the programme that will further the Project’s mission.
  • Clean driving licence and use of own car
  • Broad understanding of the criminal justice system
  • Experience working in the Prison system would be an advantage
  • Appreciation and support of the ethos and values of Solas Project
  • This role is dependent on Garda Vetting and the candidate’s ability to receive prison clearance.

Required Attributes and Skills:

Compassion, Patience, Organisational Astuteness, High Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, Process Improvement, Reporting Skills, Change Management, Coaching, Supports Innovation, Developing Standards, Administrative Writing Skills and People Skills.

Role Description

The person will have specific responsibility for the running and development of Compass’ in prison activities and relationships as well as supporting the community work of Compass.

Programme Delivery and Development

In Prison:

  • Develop and implement prison based meaningful activities that will engage and attract participants.
  • Collaborate with other agencies and/or individuals in the development of meaningful activities within the prison.
  • Build trusting relationships with young people in prison to enable the team to continue supporting them upon release.
  • Initiate, manage and develop pre-release tailored care plans with participants who have engaged with the programme and who are willing to be supported in the community on release.
  • Identify, engage and liaise with all necessary and required third parties to properly assess the needs of participants on release.
  • Manage and support a team of volunteers for the in-prison activities.


  • Provide intense mentoring support to young people in the community on their release as per the standard community support care plan.
  • Building sustainable and effective relationships with young people and motivating them to work towards achieving their potential and supporting them to make positive lifestyle choices which will address the complex issues impacting on their lives.
  • Build relationships with key statutory and community services that can provide further support to the young people (eg. Homeless services, social welfare, addiction services)
  • Continuously assessing and responding to the needs to the young people and updating their support plan as required.
  • Enlist the support of family members, community groups and others to engage effectively with each young person.


  • As required assist with the running of any of the other project’s programmes or activities.
  • Completing accurately and submitting on time any administrative tasks including regular reports, expenses, annual plans etc.
  • Operating efficient office procedures in line with data protection requirements e.g. filing, keeping records etc.
  • Participating actively in the Justice team and the wider Solas Project team, including attending team meetings/training, and preparing written reports as required by management and Funders
  • Be familiar with and abide by the project’s policies and procedures, including child protection and health and safety guidelines for workers and volunteers.
  • Work with and respond to queries from any 3rd parties requesting information on the programme.
  • Ensure that the values and ethos of the project are reflected in a consistent manner in all activities.

To apply please send a CV and cover letter to: Ashling Golden, Solas Project 40 Marrowbone Lane, Dublin 8 by Monday 18th February.

Please note interviews will take place from 21st, 22nd and 25th February.


Dublin 8

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