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Group Lead – Criminal Justice Settings

The Reader currently works in 35 criminal justice settings across the UK. Some of our work is positioned in specialist units, which aim to give residents space to put new ways of thinking into practice in ordinary situations. All of our work necessitates the ability to cultivate good, professional relationships, create meaningful interactions, whilst paying attention to specific interpersonal difficulties (for example, issues indicated by a diagnosis of personality disorder).

Taking up this advertised role would require you to:

  • Lead weekly Shared Reading groups in criminal justice settings; to aid the people in those environments with their personal growth, as well as, more generally, fostering reading for pleasure, wellbeing and good mental health.
  • Work closely with host organisation staff to plan delivery of Shared Reading groups, engaging with setting staff at all levels to build relationships with them, and together embed Shared Reading within the environment's culture and routine.
  • Build good relationships with prison and approved premises residents; the ability to meaningfully connect with people from all backgrounds will be needed.
  • Select and work with a wide range of reading material, including poetry, in order to stimulate deep reflection and free-flowing conversation, striking a balance between accessibility, complexity, and appropriateness along with sensitivity to group members.

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Based at

Yorkshire, Lancashire


Full or part time opportunities available

Rate of pay



Fixed Term Contract, ending 31st March 2022

Reporting to

Criminal Justice People and Projects Manager


5pm, Wednesday 27th January