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Spark Inside

We are interested in welcoming people from a diverse range of backgrounds, who share a passion for Spark Inside’s vision and mission and who have the time to commit to help us open doors, create connections, expand our networks and are comfortable to support our fundraising asks.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

Established in 2012, Spark Inside is an award-winning organisation running coaching programmes in prisons across London and the South East, to encourage rehabilitation and reduce reoffending. Reducing reoffending benefits all of us. It means there is less crime, fewer victims, safer communities.

We are one of the first organisations to take life coaching to 15- to 25-year-old boys and men, and to use systems coaching to bring together prison officers and prisoners in UK prisons. We have worked with over 1,000 prisoners and prison staff, and in eleven prisons, youth offender institutions and secure training centres, across London and the South East.

The Spark Inside values sit at the heart of all we do – spark, impact, heart, learning, stickability and innovation are who we are. This translates across the way we work – with passion, commitment, kindness and openness.

It is an exciting time to join as we have a new Chief Executive, Vicki Cardwell, and have recently appointed a new Chair, Erica Handling, to our Board of Trustees. We are about to embark on our next strategy which will focus on expanding our impact, raising awareness of our work and ensure we continue to innovate and deliver high-quality services that transform lives of people in prison.

Who we are looking for

Our resilience and passion can only take us so far. The challenge of increasingly restricted access to prisons, and the people living and working in them, is likely to have a long-lasting effect on how and where we deliver our programmes. Navigating government policy, increasing accessing the criminal justice system and income generation/diversification are all ongoing challenges for Spark Inside. Despite these challenges our finances are in a good position and we have a fabulous profile and fantastic reputation to further leverage.

The role of our Philanthropy Board is to raise funding from private individuals and organisations, as well as to increase the profile and influence of Spark Inside and its work.

We are now looking to invite a number of new members to this board and are interested in welcoming people from a diverse range of backgrounds, who share a passion for Spark Inside’s vision and mission and who have the time to commit to help us open doors, create connections, expand our networks and are comfortable to support our fundraising asks. In particular, although not exclusively, we are looking for people with relationships and networks across the following areas:

  • Individual donors (private family donations)
  • Corporates
  • Individual Donors
  • Technology businesses

We are asking for a time commitment of no more than one day per month and you will be invited to attend four board meetings (held on a weekday evening), supporting occasional meetings with funders and providing ad-hoc support in between meetings. In normal times we have held a number of successful networking dinners and you will be asked to attend a number of these throughout the year.

We are serious about ensuring we have a diverse workforce which reflects the environment in which we work and welcome applications from all backgrounds who share a passion for Spark Inside’s mission.

For further information please contact our advising consultants;

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Welcome from Hamish MacLellan – Chair, Philanthropy Board

Thank you for you interest in joining the Spark Inside Philanthropy Board. This board plays an important role in supporting us to raise further funding and increase our profile and influence. As our charity continues to grow, we’re looking for three new members to join our board, who can leverage their networks and offer their strategic skills to help us raise funding and awareness of our charity.

It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but particularly for our clients and our organisation. For the majority of 2020, prisons were completely closed to the outside world. No services, or support for families which meant no ability for us to deliver our coaching programs to young men in prisons across London and the South East.

I’m very proud of what our board and organisation has achieved, despite this challenge. Due to the Philanthropy Board’s long term and strategic approach to fundraising we have continued to raise money; in fact, we raised more in 2020 than in the previous year.

Spark Inside began coaching prison officers with a view to supporting them and hopefully create some ambassadors within the system for the work we do. It also developed a digital coaching program which has significant potential for the future. We looked outside the gates to see where we could work in the community with those touched and troubled by the criminal justice system. All these activities really embody our values – Spark, Heart, Stickability, Impact, Learning and Innovation.

You’ll join us at an exciting time when hopefully we can again re-enter prisons, reunite with our clients and deliver our amazing programs. We have developed capabilities to work digitally in prisons and built relationships to begin bringing our programs to a wider community outside of them.

We’re looking for those who can think strategically about how we should raise funding, who can understand and help us develop our ask and work with their networks to establish relationships and opportunities for Spark Inside.

If you’re motivated to help those who perhaps aren’t at the top of everyone’s list to empower them to build confidence and resilience, independence and self-sufficiency, we look forward to meeting you.

Hamish MacLellan
Trustee & Chair of the Philanthropy Board

About Spark Inside

We are one of the first organisations to take life coaching to 15-25-year-old boys and men, and to use systems coaching to bring together prison officers and prisoners in UK prisons.

Established in 2012, we have worked with over 1,000 prisoners and prison staff, and have worked in eleven prisons, youth offender institutions and secure training centres across London and the South East. We have won various awards, including a Commendation for the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Reintegration 2018, and were shortlisted for the Charity Times Award Best New Charity 2016.

The Conversation is our systems coaching programme that brings together large groups of prison staff and prisoners in a facilitated group coaching process to enhance their relationships, improve empathy, and support sustained, positive cultural change on prison wings. Evaluations of our systems coaching programme show an 81% increase in positive prisoner behaviour.

Hero’s Journey™ is our structured life coaching programme for young people aged 15-25, in prison and through-the-gates, building their motivation to change, decreasing in-prison violence and creating a pro-social identity away from crime. Evaluation of our life coaching programme have shown it reduces reoffending by one third.

“The life coaches saw the spark in me that I hadn’t seen in myself for a long time, and it gave me hope that it wasn’t too late to change. Now I’ve left prison for the last time and I’m not going back. I know I can make it.”

 

Michael, 20*, Hero’s Journey™ participant. *Names and ages have been changed to protect identity

“I see a different approach in how they’re dealing with day-to-day issues. When you hear the officers’ sides and see what they’re going through, it’s a struggle, and you begin to think ‘you know what? It’s not their fault.'”

Ollie, 24*, The Conversation participant

Prisons are not protecting the public

  • 99% of people who are currently in prison will be released.
  • On average, around 70,000 people leave prison every year.
  • Nearly half of all people leaving prison will commit another crime, within one year of release.
  • Reoffending is expensive, and costs us £15 billion annually.
  • Prisons are not an effective way of preventing future crime, or keeping us safe.

Our prisons are not working, and are failing at protecting the public. Tackling reoffending benefits all of us and improves everyone’s lives – it means there is less crime and fewer future victims. It means we are all live in a safer society.

More information:

You can find out more about Spark Inside and the impact of our coaching programmes at www.sparkinside.org and Twitter.

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    If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

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    We are serious about ensuring we have a diverse workforce which reflects the environment in which we work. We welcome applications from all who can meet the person specification, including those with lived experience of imprisonment and people from under-represented backgrounds.

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