Swan Youth Project, Paradise Road, Downham Market, Norfolk, PE38 9JE | t. 01366 386259

Job Vacancies

We have 2 exciting vacancies that can be applied for individually or together:

 Role: Community Liaison Post

 Location: Based in Downham Market but may work out of other locations

Salary: TBA

Responsible to:  Project Manager                 

Type/Hours: This is a fixed term contract for 3 years, 24 hours a week. Hours will be required to be worked due to need and demand and could include evenings.

Closing date: 10/08/2021

The Organisation: Swan Youth Project is a community-based youth charity located in Downham Market West Norfolk, an area marked by significant disadvantage in learning, skills, employment, and health

The project was created to be a centre of excellence for youth work in the area, empowering, enabling and educating young people to be the best they can. We deliver programs in Downham Market and Watlington Norfolk

Our approach to delivering services is key to our success and focuses on youth engagement which enables us to deliver innovative but focused programs in response to need. We aim to support our young people to overcome their barriers and achieve their aspirations, empowering them with the confidence, skills and knowledge necessary to resolve their own needs in the long term.

Swan Youth Project take their responsibility towards safeguarding very seriously, it is embedded in every part of the project and is at the core of everything we do. Keeping children safe from significant harm is the responsibility of all adults especially those working with children. We follow Safer Recruitment procedures and all staff are DBS checked.

Role Purpose:  You will be required to work with the Project Manager to develop and deliver the community liaison role

You will liaise with community groups and schools/alternative provisions, promoting the work of Swan Youth Project. This will include delivering assemblies and workshops directly to young people and the wider community

You will organize the planning and delivery of programmes to the school/community partners and deliver quality face to face youth work sessions with and alongside the staff team.

You will plan and deliver promotional events in the town, aimed at families and young people, that raise the profile and encourage engagement with the project

You will plan, implement, monitor and evaluate termly project plans for each project and area of work you are responsible for which is in line with the outputs and outcomes in our funding agreements

Key Responsibilities

Project Management

  • Develop and deliver your termly project plan and targets and manage projects activities within the Swan Youth Project policies and procedures.
  • Liaise with all schools and community groups in our area to promote the work of Swan Youth Project, building strong and sustainable links
  • Deliver assemblies/presentations to schools and community groups to promote the work of Swan Youth Project
  • Record, monitor and evaluate the learning outcomes and outputs for each area and session you are responsible for.

Relationships with Young People

  • Develop positive and appropriate relationships with the young people who you are working with.
  • Develop materials and session plans which will maximize the opportunities to understand what the young people’s needs are and meet these through the project programme.
  • To liaise with young people’s parents/carers if appropriate, consulting with the young people throughout this process.
  • To refer the young people into our 1:1 service for mild/emerging mental health where appropriate
  • To promote our groups and services to all young people

General

  • To undertake training and attend team meetings and staff supervision.
  • Develop effective relationships with other agencies that are working with the young people.
  • Promote the charity in a positive manner to other businesses, services and the wider community encouraging joined up working where possible.

Person Specification

Essential

  • NVQ Level 3 In Youth Work or equivalent
  • The ability to deliver assemblies and presentations to large groups in schools and communities
  • At least two years’ experience of working in an education or youth work setting or similar
  • Experience of working effectively in a team
  • Excellent communication skills – oral and written
  • Experience of planning, running, recording, monitoring and evaluating programmes with young people or equivalent
  • Experience of leading groups of young people in offsite activities
  • Experience of planning and delivering work independently and using own initiative
  • Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding young people

Desirable (not essential training can be provided)

  • First Aid At Work Certificate
  • Other skills or qualifications to enhance your programmes with young people

What you’ll get in return:

  • Regular line management and support
  • Access to training opportunities
  • A supportive and forward thinking team around you

What to do next:

For more information on this role and to request an application form, please contact Anna Foster 01366 386259 anna@swanyouthproject.org

The Swan Youth Project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. References will be requested from most recent employer plus one other.

Please note the successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced / Standard DBS check prior to starting employment.

 

Role: Sessional Youth Worker

Organisation Name: Swan Youth Project

Responsible to: Project Manager

Salary: TBA

Location: Downham Market, Watlington and surrounding areas

Hours per week: 8 hours per week

Closing date: 10/08/2021

Interview date: TBA

The Organisation: Swan Youth Project is a community-based youth charity located in Downham Market West Norfolk, an area marked by significant disadvantage in learning, skills, employment, and health

The project was created to be a centre of excellence for youth work in the area, empowering, enabling and educating young people to be the best they can. We deliver programs in Downham Market and Watlington Norfolk

Our approach to delivering services is key to our success and focuses on youth engagement which enables us to deliver innovative but focused programs in response to need. We aim to support our young people to overcome their barriers and achieve their aspirations, empowering them with the confidence, skills and knowledge necessary to resolve their own needs in the long term.

Swan Youth Project take their responsibility towards safeguarding very seriously, it is embedded in every part of the project and is at the core of everything we do. Keeping children safe from significant harm is the responsibility of all adults especially those working with children. We follow Safer Recruitment procedures and all staff are DBS checked.

Job Role:

  • To support and plan delivery of high quality youth work programmes with young people in the area.
  • To take ownership of our new Bike Project on site, including attending training and setting up the project
  • To ensure that evaluation of the work occurs in consultation with participants, staff and management at all levels.
  • To work co-operatively with the team and under the direction of the Project Manager.
  • To undertake administrative work associated within the session under the direction of the Project manager / Worker in Charge of the session.

What you’ll need to succeed:

  • Demonstrable experience in youth work settings (Centre, Outreach and Detached), with a range of groups of young people aged 11 to 19 years. (D)
  • Planning, monitoring and evaluation of work. (E)
  • Experience of utilizing a variety of methods to delivering work with young people (E)
  • Experience of participatory models of practice.  (E)
  • Prepared to work flexible hours, which will include evening and weekend work (and occasionally residential). (D)
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the issues which impact on the lives of young people. (E)
  • A nationally recognized JNC Qualification in Youth Work or equivalent, or to be willing to work towards one (D)
  • Experience of working with the voluntary and community sectors (D).
  • First Aid Trained (D).
  • Experience of delivering issue-based and accredited youth work. (D)
  • Demonstrable knowledge of current youth work principles, practices and priorities. (D)
  • Facilitation of young people’s participation in decision making (D)

What you’ll get in return:

  • Regular line management and support
  • Access to training opportunities
  • A supportive and forward thinking team around you

What to do next:

For more information on this role and to request an application form, please contact Anna Foster 01366 386259 anna@swanyouthproject.org

The Swan Youth Project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. References will be requested from most recent employer plus one other.

Please note the successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced / Standard DBS check prior to starting employment

http://Application form

Volunteer Roles
Volunteers are important to our small charity and support us in many different ways:
  • Becoming a trustee
  • Fund raising
  • Supporting sessions
  • Caretaking
  • Maintenance
  • Gardening

All volunteers apply in the same way as paid workers, via the application form and all will be interviewed and DBS checked. For more information contact anna@swanyouthproject.org