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Criminal Justice Group Lead (Plymouth)

This role offers a unique opportunity to merge a passion for literature with a commitment to breaking down barriers for individuals within the criminal justice system. At The Reader, we believe in the transformative power of Shared Reading, a practice where a trained Reader Leader guides a group through the exploration of great literature, fostering deep discussions along the way. At The Reader we call this ‘Shared Reading’. Shared Reading is a tool through which human life can be explored safely and - crucially deeply. 

As part of our Criminal Justice Team, you'll be trained to lead Shared Reading sessions with individuals navigating the justice system. Your role will involve not only facilitating these sessions but also reaching out to those who may be hesitant to participate. By embedding Shared Reading into these environments, you'll create spaces where everyone feels welcome and valued, enabling individuals to engage in meaningful dialogue and personal exploration through literature. This represents a chance to contribute to a nationwide movement dedicated to providing access to the enriching experience of Shared Reading, particularly for those who may have limited exposure to such opportunities.

How to apply

  1. Take a look at our candidate recruitment pack to find out more about The Reader and what it’s like to work with us and to see a full job description for details about what responsibilities, skills and experience are required.
  2. Complete your application form and personal details form and send it to us before the closing date.

(vacancy reference code: CO_100524)

Based at



8.75 hours / 0.25 FTE

Rate of pay

£22,145 per annum (pro rata)


Fixed Term (Until March 2026 with possibility for extension)

Reporting to

Criminal Justice People and Projects Manager


9am, Friday 10th May 2024