Sessional Support Worker(s)

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 24th March 2023

  • Advertised from 6th March 2023
  • Hourly rate £11.90. Paid Monthly. Variable Hours including weekend 10.30-15.30, weekdays 10.00-18.00 & 12.00-20.00.
  • Hourly rate £11.90


Are you interested in supporting and making a difference to people visiting a loved one in prison?

Do you understand the need to empathy, compassion and providing a non-judgemental listening ear, whilst people deal with what can be the most difficult time in their lives?

The Croft (visitors centre) is a charitable organisation which has been supporting families affected by imprisonment since 2021, based in HMP Barlinnie in North Glasgow. We are looking for people to join our team on a sessional basis.

The role involves working in the public areas of the prison, creating a welcoming environment, providing people with information, advice and practical support. Ideally you will have experience working in a Prison Visitors’ Centre or in a similar front line setting supporting members of the public. People with lived experience of the community justice system are also welcome to apply, this can be personally or through family/friends.

You will be working with children, young people vulnerable adults and families who are experiencing a difficult time in their life so an awareness of, and interest in, the impact of imprisonment of families/loved ones would be beneficial. A qualification in a relevant discipline such as social care; advice provision; social work, community development or counselling is desirable however, full training will be provided with aptitude and experience being as important as qualifications.

Please note This role focuses on work with the friends and family of prisoners in the public areas of HMP Barlinnie, it does not include direct work with prisoners or work within the secure areas of the prison

Key attributes we are looking for include -

  • Good listening skills with an empathetic and non-judgemental aptitude
  • The ability to establish rapport and build trust with visitors
  • Ability to work in a small team, including volunteers, and to work on your own initiative
  • Experience of partnership working with both voluntary and statutory agencies
  • Administrative skills, including use of computers, email and internet
  • A “can do” attitude, willing to take on any aspect of the role and be proactive in your approach
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and social inclusion

The role is for a sessional support worker to provide additional cover on an ad hoc basis. This role is paid hourly and will include 12-8pm shifts (including an hour’s unpaid lunch break) and some weekend shifts from 10.30am – 3.30pm. Sessional shifts are usually agreed in advance on a monthly rota, with some short notice shifts to cover unexpected staff absence. This post is subject to PVG check or update

Application notes

To apply please send a covering letter outlining why you want the role, the skills and experience you bring and, a copy of your CV to by 5pm on Friday 24th March.

Please note if you do not demonstrate how you meet the role requirements, (this can be from work and life experiences), we will be unable to invite you to interview.

It is proposed interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held the week beginning 27th March.

For more information please visit our website or email Margaret to arrange an informal chat.