JOB DESCRIPTION: Youth Support Worker –
Organisation Name: Swan Youth Project
Responsible to: Anna Foster – Project Manager
Date commencement: 7th September 2020
Job Type: 3 hours per week (52 weeks) These are to be delivered flexibly
Location of Work: Swan Youth Project, Paradise Road, Downham Market. Please note that this role may require the post holder to work at locations throughout Downham Market and West Norfolk.
Closing date: 15th July
Interview date: TBA
Swan Youth Project has been running youth provision in Downham Market since 2013 (Charity No. 1134957). We currently provide open access activities for young people aged 8-19, young carers support, Girls Groups, advice and guidance, 1:1 support, vocational tasters, c-card, Princes Trust Achieve Programme, Activity sessions.
The key purpose of the role is to work with young carers to:
- facilitate their personal, social and educational development
- to support young carers to gain a voice
- deliver/support programmes and initiatives that engage young carers that may assist them to raise their levels of achievement and aspiration
- To work under the direction and guidance of the appointed Centre Manager
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- To be the key worker for all young carers in the project.
- Support open access sessions and other groups that young carers attend
- To provide phone/remote support where appropriate
- 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 manger / Worker in Charge of the session.
- To liaise with the schools and other agencies that Young Carers attend
- To be an advocate and champion for all young carers at the project.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Understanding of the issues and commitments specific to young carers and how they impact
- Demonstrable experience in youth work settings (Centre, Outreach and Detached), with a range of groups of young people aged 11 to 19 years. (D)
- Excellent communication skills (E)
- 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)
Volunteers are important to our small charity and support us in many different ways:
- Becoming a trustee
- Fund raising
- Supporting sessions
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 email@example.com