Work with us

For Jimmy’s head office in PLACE/Ladywell is an exciting and dynamic workplace environment, and a central hub from which we work both across the borough of Lewisham and nationally. The creativity, commitment and collaboration within the team makes working at For Jimmy an incredibly fulfilling experience, and we look forward to welcoming new team members and new skills. Any current vacancies will be listed below.

Peer Mentor

£8 per hour
Lewisham, London, Greater London

About us

Following the murder of 16-year-old Jimmy Mizen in May 2008, the Mizen family has been determined to focus on two outcomes; they will not be beaten by his death, and something good will come from it. Since the charity was founded, For Jimmy has worked tirelessly to create a legacy of peace in Jimmy’s name; inspiring and equipping others to build the safest communities for young people to grow up in.

The role

We run several programmes in the borough of Lewisham to achieve our vision, one of which is the Safe Havens Programme. We run the Safe Havens Programme across six weekly morning sessions in both primary and secondary schools, working with young people aged 9 – 13. Our Schools Manager delivers the programme with the support of four or five Mentors. At several points during each session, the class will break out into smaller groups and each Mentor will facilitate activities and discussion with their small group, gradually building a productive relationship over the course of the six weeks.

The programme inspires young people to reflect on their own actions towards others, taking individual responsibility, and especially focusing on expressing emotions in a healthy way. It also aims to develop understanding of difference and empathy through bringing different people together, both in the classroom and in the community. Finally, the team takes young people out to their local high street, engaging with shopkeepers to develop relationships and to sign them up as Safe Havens – spaces that young people can turn to when they feel unsafe.

About you

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about working with young people, and who care about making communities safer in Lewisham and Deptford. You must show a willingness to learn how to:

• Act as a positive role model for young people
• Facilitate discussion and provide a safe space for young people to express their emotions and opinions
• Manage a group of 5 young people between the ages of 9 and 13 (Year 5 to Year 8)
• Be aware of health and safety hazards when taking young people outside of their school

Essential qualities include:

• The ability to quickly build rapport with young people and colleagues
• Good communication skills and the ability to respond well to feedback
• Enthusiasm, patience and resilience when working with, at times, challenging young people
• The ability to use an appropriate tone when speaking to young people, teachers, parents, members of the public and colleagues
• A willingness to commit to the message of individual responsibility and connected communities that inspires For Jimmy’s work

Employment Details

The contract is run on a programme-by-programme basis. Since each programme involves six morning sessions spread across six weeks, and is based on building progressive relationships with the young people, we ask Mentors to commit to all six sessions of each programme they sign up to.

• 1 session per week, 6 sessions in total
• Each session runs for at least 3 hours with paid hours usually from 8:45am – 12:45pm, however, due to the nature of our work these hours may vary
• Mentors must commit to completing a full programme
• Mentors are free to participate in as many programmes as they like, providing they can commit to all sessions
• Programmes are currently scheduled from September to July during school hours
• Mentors will need the flexibility to work in schools across the borough of Lewisham
• Induction, and subsequent training sessions, are usually 4-5 hours long, and are remunerated
• Mentors who work beyond a certain number of hours in the year will also benefit from performance appraisals; any such supervision or debriefing sessions will also be remunerated
• Applicants will need to possess or be willing to apply for an Enhanced DBS certificate
• Applicants will be required to read and adhere to our Safeguarding policy

Recruitment Process

We are currently recruiting for Mentors to begin programme delivery in January, with at least one induction and training session to be held in December.

Candidates are expected to submit a CV, as well as a cover letter (of no more than one A4 side) to sam@forjimmy.org, demonstrating how they meet the person specification and why they are applying for this position. We will be shortlisting and interviewing candidates throughout November and December, so please do submit applications as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.