Community Transitions Worker

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP) are passionate about supporting individuals to reduce their substance use and live happier, healthier lives. We support people with multiple disadvantages, including substance misuse & mental health, as well as those who find themselves in the criminal justice system. Our services enable the people we support to improve their health, wellbeing and employability. As a subsidiary of Humankind since 2020, we are pleased to confirm that from July 2023, EDP & Humankind will be fully merging to enable the people we support to benefit from a wider range of support and services. 

About the role 

As a Community Transitions Worker, you will be part of an established and passionate team, working with individuals to support them as they transition between prisons and the community, to ensure continuity of care and support with their ongoing treatment.  

You will work closely with street homeless teams, the Police, and Community Safety Teams, to ensure that our service users are given every chance to succeed when re-entering the community and engaging with the community treatment services. 

What does a day in the life of a Community Transitions Worker involve?  

This role is incredibly varied and busy, but it is also incredibly rewarding.  You will hold a caseload of service users that you will work with for a period 12 weeks, leading up to and after their release from prisons.  The duties include: 

  • Utilising a trauma sensitive, warm and non-judgemental approach, to develop strong collaborative therapeutic alliance. 
  • Undertaking risk assessments and risk management planning in consultation with colleagues and partner agencies, as appropriate.  
  • Delivering interventions in a range of settings including harm reduction, 1:1 support, group work, guided self-help and intensive structured programmes.  
  • Working from a variety of locations, including hubs, satellites and partnership sites, including Criminal Justice agencies and outreach. 

Position Details: 

This role will be working with individuals who access our services and are due for release from prison in all Devon Prisons, HMP Exeter, HMP Channings Wood and HMP Dartmoor.   

The role can be based from any of the above prisons or our community hub locations; there will be an element of travel between hubs, prisons and partnership sites.  Mileage is fully paid for travel between locations. 

This role is available on a full-time basis, working 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. 

About you 

Most importantly, you will be someone with a genuine interest in the understanding of substance misuse problems and a positive, recovery focused attitude.   

We are looking for someone ideally with experience in a similar role or environment who is looking for an opportunity in a chance to make a difference and a chance to use your transferable skills. 

Additionally, you will have: 

  • Experience handling a caseload, undertaking assessments and working with individuals to develop, implement and review action plans.  
  • Knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system, including the National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies, Courts, Police and Prisons. 
  • Excellent communication and rapport building skills, able to communicate with a range of individuals, including children, families and carers.  
  • Awareness of current national/local guidelines and protocols on substance misuse, treatment and recovery, including the importance of the role of community in supporting recovery. 

Check out the full job description and person specification here. 

What can Humankind offer you? 

🏖️ Generous annual leave entitlement (27 days, plus bank holidays, increasing to 32 after 1 years’ service) 

📅 Annual leave purchase scheme 

💰 Enhanced occupational sick pay 

 % Enhanced employer contribution to your workplace pension 

👪 Death in service benefit 

✍️ Free Will writing 

👓 Eyecare vouchers 

🛍️ Blue light card discount 

💡 Fantastic learning and development opportunities, including free training courses 

🏠 Work-life balance- flexible working and family-friendly policies 

🏃‍♀️ Happy, Healthy You! – our wellbeing offers for our workforce 

🤝 Employee Assist Programme and Humankind Support Networks


recovery worker sitting with someone with an open book on the desk and both are laughing
Exeter or Newton Abbot, Devon.

Full Time, 37 hours per week

£21,929 – £25,701 per annum

Fixed Term – 31/03/2025

Midnight on Monday 26th June 2023

How do I apply?

To apply, please click Apply Now to download an application form and send these through to by the closing date of midnight on Monday 26th June 2023

Please note that CV’s can be submitted to support an application but may not be accepted without a completed application form. 

Interviews will be held W/C 3rd July 2023

Please ensure that you quote reference number 156.22 when applying. 

EDP / Humankind is an equal-opportunity employer. 

If you feel that you would fit with our values & ethos, are passionate about supporting people, but maybe don’t feel you have the experience required, talk to us about your transferrable skills. For the right people, we can provide development to help you to realise your potential. 

We welcome applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, disability, or age.  

EDP / Humankind are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  Candidates are subject to additional checks including DBS (to the appropriate level) and prison vetting – details will be specified as part of the vacancy details. Outcomes of these additional checks will be considered before any offer/appointment is confirmed. 

If you have any questions, please email