Shine Womens Mentoring Service (Apex)

Working as part of a Public Social Partnership (PSP), Apex Scotland is delivering SHINE – a mentoring service for females involved in the criminal justice system.

Shine women’s mentoring is a voluntary intensive mentoring service providing both practical and emotional support to women who are:

  • Serving a sentence of less than 4 years not subject to statutory supervision
  • On remand
  • At a high risk of breaching their Community Payback Order (CPO)

The post requires working between Highland and the Aberdeen City area, linking in with HMP Grampian.  The service aims to support and assist women from an offending background to help themselves to develop their own personal identity, skills, knowledge and abilities.

We have decided to advertise this as two part time posts as it is felt that covering both areas is impractical for one person.  Therefore we are now looking for two part time Personal Development Mentors, the hours are detailed below.  For each part time post we will need a self-motivated, hardworking individual who is able to motivate and inspire change in others.  The successful candidate will be required to work in a prison environment and in the community and therefore knowledge and experience of working within a prison establishment would also be an advantage.  Due to the nature of this post, there will be significant travel involved therefore a driving licence and access to own vehicle or access to a mode of transport is essential.

We now require two part time members of staff as follows:

Personal Development Mentor – Shine Womens Mentoring Service
Salary Scale: £19,783 – £21,895 pro rata per annum, 14 hours per week
based Aberdeen – Ref:PDM/ABD

Personal Development Mentor – Shine Womens Mentoring Service
Salary Scale: £19,783 – £21,895 pro rata per annum, 21 hours per week
based Inverness – Ref:PDM/INV

The successful candidates will work in each area on a one to one basis with women of all ages who may face multiple barriers to progression, providing practical and emotional support, and advocacy and/or signposting to specialist agencies when required. Knowledge of the Scottish Criminal Justice system is desirable but not essential.

At the moment this service is funded to 31 March 2019 and we are hopeful of future funding.

Please submit your application and supporting paperwork through our website at

Closing date for returned applications: 12 noon on Thursday 20 September 2018.

In view of the nature of this post, the successful candidates will be required to undertake a PVG check for working with vulnerable adults