This is an exciting role to lead on Safe Ground's programme delivery, including content creation and producing, with a strategic direction!

SIG Safe Ground is an award-winning charity which delivers high-quality, group work interventions to people in prison and community settings. 

Our arts-based therapeutic group work focuses on relationships and identity, particularly in reclaiming and reframing imposed identities while offering access to new perspectives, creating opportunities for discussion and debate, and inviting participants to take risks, experiencing themselves and each other in new ways.

You will report to the Head of Criminal Justice Services and line manage the programmes coordinator, as well as work closely with our services based within HMP Lowdham Grange and HMP Altcourse. You will lead on the development of new creative work, identifying gaps and opportunities, working alongside various teams to open new business opportunities to secure funding, and facilitate the programmes we deliver, mainly in prisons and community settings. We are looking for someone to bring a new creative outlook, able to be agile and think of new ways to promote Safe Ground, and develop our resources, this could include delivering theatre productions, films, and podcasts. 

Working Pattern: Monday to Friday 9 - 5 although you may need to work outside these hours as required. The role will be hybrid, working from home, our central office in Islington, and able to visit various sites across London, Nottingham, Liverpool, and additional locations as required. 

Please note: This role will include the need to undertake additional prison vetting as part of the onboarding process as occasional service delivery in prisons forms part of this position. 

Benefits, including Non-Contractual Perks

  • 25 days annual leave, increasing with the length of service
  • Training and Development, including access to courses, upskilling, and progression plans
  • Medicash includes discount gym memberships, routine optometry care, dental treatments, and physiotherapy treatments
  • Employee Assistance Programme, including counselling
  • Reflective 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 in people's lives, challenge stigma and make our communities safer, we would love to hear from you!


We are looking for someone creative, ambitious and passionate about supporting people who have experienced disadvantage and social exclusion, particularly in the criminal justice and prison setting! If this sounds like you, then this might be the right job!

We are looking for a thorough understanding of arts-base interventions, able to apply this to the given setting, with experience in developing and delivering creative programmes and productions. 
Team leader, proactive, adaptable, able to use your initiative to resolve challenges, with a compassionate, supporting, and empowering way in working is what we are looking for!



  • Manage a network of delivery sites and ensure contractual compliance, in locations which include but is not limited to prisons and community settings.
  • Oversee the development of additional creative content including but not limited to theatre productions, short films, events, and other media products.
  • Co-facilitate group work programmes, working in partnership with relevant colleagues, and external stakeholders.
  • Work closely with teams to monitor and gain feedback, evaluate, and develop programmes to ensure they are fit for purpose and drive engagement. Ensure revisions are implemented and coordinated organisation wide.


  • Create and deliver engaging high-quality programmes which support rehabilitation, reintegration, and reablement for participants in various stages of their personal journey which can be used as the core curriculum for various delivery teams.
  • Design and deliver high quality training and quality assurance support to management and delivery teams across the SIG network.
  • Support with the creation and dissemination of social media content and other content to enhance SIG Safe Ground’s reputation and brand.


  • Provide strategic operational leadership and direction for Safe Ground, support with the continuation of finding new and existing opportunities working alongside various leadership teams.
  • Lead on new contracts, supporting teams to ensure new contracts are implemented to a high standard following correct processes and policy.
  • Coordinate aspects of promotion, recruitment, and evaluation of Safe Ground’s programmes.
  • Build and maintain a positive reputation for SIG and Safe Ground, represent the group at wider meetings which could include networking meetings, events, delivering various presentations, new business meetings, and other relevant places.


  • Provide high quality support, leadership, and line management to staff, offering guidance, support, and advice to the team to support them to perform to the best of their abilities.
  • Provide leadership to employees throughout the employee life cycle. This includes but is not limited to; Recruitment, onboarding, inductions, probation reviews, support and supervision, employee relations, performance, learning and development, staff wellbeing and support, grievances, sickness, disciplinaries, retention and other areas which fall within the employee lifecycle.
  • Proactively embed a culture of learning, development, reflection, and evaluation in a psychologically informed environment.

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:

  • Understanding and/or experience of working with people of complex backgrounds, ex-offenders, mental health, substance misuse, challenging behaviours
  • Previous experience in contract management and reporting of projects or programmes
  • Previous experience in facilitation of programmes and/or training for various groups
  • Previous experience in people management and development
  • IT Proficiency, including Microsoft Office, and the ability to navigate and learn new case management systems and other types of organisational software
  • Ability to create, develop, and deliver new programmes and/or creative content in various settings such as prisons, communities, and wider criminal justice settings
  • Ability to promote the service and provide outreach-based provision, with an ability to liaise and work effectively in partnership with stakeholders
  • Ability and willingness to travel to various services and work within the prison setting

What we would like, but not essential:

  • Relevant professional qualification in applied theatre, drama, or a field related to programme delivery or health and social care in criminal justice system
  • Previous experience in developing, producing, and/or performing professional productions for example film, television, or theatre productions
  • Previous experience with commissioners, supporting or contributing to research and evaluation projects
  • Previous experience in supporting winning new contracts for example in bid writing or fundraising activities
  • Financial Management experience: Budget setting, analysis, and cost reduction

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



Social Interest Group (SIG) believes good care and support improve 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 residential, drop-in centres, community floating support settings (including people's own homes), probation settings, and hospitals awaiting discharge. We 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

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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