YOUTH SUPPORT WORKER VACANCY

Job Purpose

The main purpose of the role is to:

To work with Trowbridge Future Senior Youth Worker and Trowbridge Future Youth and Community Development Manager and other statutory agencies to develop and deliver youth provision in Trowbridge, with a particular focus on Longfield, Seymour and Studley Green.

This is a 30hrs per week post for an initial 6-month contract, with extension subject to funding.

Salary Scale: £17,000 to £20,051 depending on experience

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist in establishing, planning and delivering youth provision and activities in Trowbridge throughout the year.
  • Support work with clubs and other community groups to ensure that young people are engaged in their communities.
  • Carry out outreach work, identifying concerns and hopes of young people.
  • Undertake one to one mentoring to support young people who have been identified as having particular need.
  • Be a positive role model, creating a positive and fun environment in which to motivate and encourage young people to participate.
  • Maintain current knowledge of relevant youth programmes, policies and practises.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all partners and community organisations, attending meetings as and when necessary.
  • Assist in promoting and organising community projects for young people and offer support to events and activities.
  • Communicate all town events and encourage young people’s participation. Lead on social media and raising Trowbridge Future’s profile in the community
  • Undertake administrative duties as necessary, e.g. maintain accurate attendance registers, carry out risk assessments, session plan, evaluation and quarterly report
  • Budgeting and shopping and collecting items to use in sessions

The post holder will be expected to:

  • attend training and development courses identified as a requirement for furtherance of the position or the post holder’s personal development.
  • deliver youth work sessions which will fall at evenings or weekends.
  • develop and deliver session plans for youth provision using an online system: Groop.
  • provide ongoing evaluation and quarterly reports
  • undertake any other duties which it would be reasonable for the Trowbridge Future to ask as part of the role.

The aim of this job description is to show the general purpose and level of responsibility of the post; it sets out the main duties of the post as at the date of issue.

Due to the changing nature of the business, such duties may vary and develop from time to time without changing the general nature of the post or level of responsibility. Such variations are a common occurrence and would not, of themselves, justify the revaluation of a post.  

Qualifications& Training

Essential

  • Basic education qualifications
  • Experience, work or volunteer, with young people
  •  Youth focused qualifications
  • Good level of ICT literacy with knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and database packages

Desirable

  • Food hygiene qualifications
  • First Aid qualification
  • NVQ Level 3 in Youth Work or other relevant qualifications
  • Clean Driving Licence

Experience

Essential

  • Delivering and coordinating youth projects and programmes for young people  

Desirable

  • Delivering youth provision in a wide range of environments, including schools, clubs and the community area
  • Mentoring, supporting and encouraging youth and community support workers and volunteers
  • Working with voluntary and statutory community groups
  • Monitoring and evaluation of sessions/ programmes

Knowledge & Understanding

Essential

  • Good understanding of child protection, equality and safeguarding procedures
  • Development and implementation of high quality and creative sessions (focusing on a young-person centred approach)
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • An understanding of the NYA’s Ethical Conduct in Youth Work and Guide to Youth Work in England document.

Desirable

  • Relevant knowledge and experience of youth development

Skills & Aptitude

Essential

  • Strong commitment to young people and an understanding of the factors affecting their lives
  • Ability to provide reliable support to young people in times of stress and act with integrity
  • Good organisational skills
  • An accepting and non-authoritarian approach
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish good relationships with young people
  • Patience tolerance and flexibility
  • A sense of adventure and a willingness to try new things
  • Formal communication skills for presentations, report writing and funding applications
  • Ability to treat young people’s concerns with respect, tact and sensitivity, whilst always being aware of the limits that are required by confidentiality and the necessary boundaries that govern the youth / youth worker relationship
  • A great deal of resilience

Desirable

  • Ability to work efficiently on own initiative, under pressure whilst maintaining a high standard of work

You can apply for the position here.

Author: Trowbridge Future admin