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Participation and Engagement Manager


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This is a new role for Spark Inside and is essential to deliver our new strategy and future goals. The Participation and Engagement Manager role is designed to build trust and strengthen the relationships with the young people in and out of prison, supporting them to engage with our work and express their views safely, in order to embed a culture of listening. The purpose of the role is to ensure we deliver work that is truly co-produced with young people with lived experience of the criminal justice system and helps to create real change.

You will work directly with the young people and will coordinate and embed our In-Prison Advisory Boards, as well as build a group/​board of young service users in the community. You will plan and deliver the most effective ways to engage young people so that their views and experiences shape our influencing activity and our organisational development and strategies.


Lead our In-Prison Advisory Boards (IPABs), working in prisons and youth offending institutes and use the learning from the IPAB pilot and future evaluations to engage young people in prisons/YOIs.
Set up and coordinate a group of young people in the community that have participated in our coaching programmes and/or have had contact with the criminal justice system (CJS), to be our ‘Champions’. Including developing an effective structure that will feed the views of the young people directly into our influencing priorities, so that our policy, advocacy and communications campaigns are initiated and/or co-designed by young people.
Engage the young people in opportunities to publicly address, champion and advocate for: rehabilitation; culture change in prisons; the transformational power of coaching in prisons; challenging systemic racism, and other related areas.
Collate the findings from the young people sensitively and thoroughly; analyse and present the results in an accessible format to funders, the team and Trustees and other stakeholders.
In addition to influencing priorities, develop a framework that ensures the wider Spark Inside team can engage the young people in the development of our strategy, programmes and other charity objectives. This includes the CEO, Board of Trustees, and the Programmes Team.


Nurture and develop these young people including training and skill development.
Work with the Communications Team to ensure young people’s ideas and experiences are reflected in the wider comms work, including our website, social media, events, policy positions and recommendations, imagery, video and marketing materials, designing and delivering all public-facing campaigns.
Proactively gather views and ideas from young Black men, with a view to shining a light on their specific experiences of the CJS.
Support and empower the IPAB members and ‘Champions’ to identify campaigning and media opportunities they would like to participate in; and support their involvement appropriately, ensuring that the young people are willing and happy participants at every stage.
Build a mechanism to close the feedback loop with the young people, reporting back on campaign coverage and impact.

When applying, please also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form: https://​www​.sur​vey​mon​key​.co​.uk/​r​/​S​p​a​r​k​I​n​s​i​d​e​-​E​O​MForm 

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