We ae looking for a Programmes Coordinator/Facilitator to support the Safe Ground team and lead on the successful set up, delivery, and evaluation of Safe Ground's programmatic work. You will be delivering arts-based interventions to support participants in their personal development, family relationships and rehabilitation. You will be based at HMP Altcourse, developing collaborative partnerships with colleagues at the Visitors' Centre, as well as key prison teams, wing staff, and most importantly, programme participants. 

Rota: Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:30


Safe Ground is an award-winning arts organisation expert in the design and delivery of therapeutic group work programmes. Our work focuses on relationships and identity and uses group work, arts, and drama techniques to support participants to experience alternative perspectives. We have over 25 years’ experience creating spaces in secure and community settings within which transformational change can occur. In November 2022, we became part of the Social Interest Group. 

Benefits, including Non-Contractual Perks

  • 25 days annual leave, increasing with length of service
  • Training and Development including access to courses, upskilling, and progression plans
  • Medicash including discount gym memberships, routine optometry care, dental treatments, and physiotherapy treatments
  • Employee Assistance Programme including counselling
  • Reflect Practice regular sessions with a therapist provided by an external provider to support Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Life Assurance Scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Annual Staff Awards

If you have the passion, creativity, and tenacity to make a real difference to people’s lives, challenge stigma and make our communities safer, we would love to hear from you!


We're looking for someone with a passion for arts-based interventions, you will see relationships as central to personal development and be creative in your approach to positively influence and persuade others. You will be able to use group work, arts, and drama techniques to support participants to rehearse new behaviours and experience alternative perspectives. You will have excellent communication skills, and support skills. 


  • Coordinate all aspects of promotion, recruitment, and evaluation of Safe Ground programmes on site.
  • Co-facilitate group work programmes, working in partnership with colleagues at the visitors centre and supporting families. 
  • Develop and maintain the highest quality standards of programme set up, delivery and evaluation.
  • Take all necessary measures to establish and deliver programmes as the core curriculum at the prison.  
  • Support the team to meet performance targets, and objectives.
  • Attend and contribute to meetings associated with the programme, and convene meetings when required.
  • Coordinate and liaise with the team and participants to seek and maximise opportunities for development and evolution of programmes.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external persons and partners. Such as; the Visitors’ Centre, Governors, Offender Management Units (OMU), Wing Staff, Education Staff, Family Services, Induction, Resettlement and other key components of the HMP and community partners.
  • Work closely within the team to monitor, gain feedback, evaluate and develop the programmes for continuous improvement. 
  • Admin will vary.

Other responsibilities than those described above may be required to be undertaken from time to time and will be expected to be performed to as long as it is within the capability and level of the position. 


What we are looking for:

  • Background in arts education, dramatherapy, applied theatre or education
  • Experience in facilitating group work activities
  • IT proficiency, able to learn new software. Confidence in Microsoft packages
  • Resonance with Safe Ground and Social Interest Group values

What we would like, but not essential:

  • Experience within a prison or other criminal justice setting, and/or within a similar role
  • Understanding/experience working with therapeautic groupwork techniques
  • Ability to positively persuade, empower, and influence others

Please refer to the JDPS attached for more details on the role and our requirements/key criteria.



The Social Interest Group (SIG) believes that good care and support make for better lives. Our values of ambition, empowerment, transparency, and inclusivity drive everything we do. Our mission is to empower people who are marginalised by building powerful partnerships and creative solutions that bridge gaps in provision and aid recovery, reablement and resettlement.

SIG is a not-for-profit organisation, providing thousands of people with good-quality support and care in a range of residential, drop-in centers, community floating support settings (including in peoples own homes), probation settings and people who are in hospital awaiting discharge. We currently do so across London, Brighton, Bedfordshire, Luton, and Kent. We believe in the power of well-planned, well-managed services to make a difference. We work with high standards and external and internal regulatory frameworks.

Want to know how we work? Watch our short Theory of Change video to see how we support people towards a brighter future: Theory of Change - YouTube

Further details can be found on our website here: Theory of Change - Social Interest Group - Social Interest Group 

Our Values

Ambition – Eager to succeed and to accomplish as much as possible for our people

Empowerment – Giving staff and the people we support the tools, training, and information they need to achieve their potential

Transparency – Upfront and visible about our actions and open to scrutiny from stakeholders, service users, and staff

Inclusivity – Listening to, understanding, and including all our stakeholders to ensure we make a difference and get things right


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