The Homelessness Transitions for Offenders (HTO) service is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and works with people who have an offending history, including both offenders in custody and in the community, who disclose they are of no Fixed Abode or that they will be street homeless upon release. The programme, working with the Prison Resettlement Teams, will strengthen the pathway, and offer earlier interventions, to prisoners who are due for release with No Fixed Abode, and will therefore reduce the flow of rough sleepers to the street.
The HTO service will be operational across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland and prisons which services these areas.
The role of the HTO Mediator is to support adults, with an offending history, who are experiencing family conflict, poor emotional wellbeing, poor mental health and social exclusion. The post holder will undertake a diverse role within our Mediation Service which focuses on early prevention and intervention in order to prevent/relieve homelessness and improve the mental wellbeing of offenders. You will be required to process referrals that are received and contact clients and other professionals where appropriate.
You will work with offenders and their families by providing individual and joint mediation appointments to explore issues, problems and conflicts and support and empower them to identify realistic and achievable ways of moving forward and making change. You will work holistically and creatively adapting the way that you work to meet the needs of vulnerable client groups.