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

Job Vacancies

JOB DESCRIPTION: Youth Support Worker –

Young Carers

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
Salary: TBA
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


  • 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.


  • 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)
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