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Young Gloucestershire

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Young Gloucestershire
Greyfriars House

Tel: 01452 733060

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Youth Worker (Mental Health)


DURATION OF POST: Initial one year contract (subject to funding)
HOURS: Due to the nature and pressing need of the work you will be required to work such hours as are necessary for the full and effective performance of your duties, including evening and weekend work.  The normal working week is 37½ hours. Residential activity may be expected to be undertaken within the contract and TOIL will not be given for this.

This role will primarily be based on 11-7 working days
HOLIDAY: 25 days per annum plus Bank holidays (Pro Rata)

PENSION: Auto enrolment pension in place.
RESPONSIBLE TO: Programme Lead
LOCATION: Base location Greyfriars House, Greyfriars, Glos, GL1 1TS

Providing one to one therapeutic and practical support to young people 16-25 (in care of leaving care) with mental health needs. Providing practical support to young people to address the challenges in their lives. Ensuring long term sustainable outcomes for young people.

• To work with young people 16-25 in the care system or leaving who require mental health support.
• To deliver a mental health support service that assists young people’s mental health.
• To provide a range of practical solutions to assist young people in sustained outcomes for their mental health, this includes addressing challenges with young people such as housing, relationships, debt, financial management, physical activity, education and training.
• Find positive ways to engage young people to raise aspirations and long term outcomes for a young person
• To advocate on behalf of the young person where needed with other agencies organisations
• To be the trusted person with a young person to ensure that a young person always has someone to turn to and engage with at a time of need
• Provide weekly consistent engagement and support for the young person
• To support young people with all areas of their mental health.
• To deliver therapeutic mental health support and advice.
• To support young people to engage in the wider Link, YG and IB services where appropriate
• Undertake needs analysis with young people to identify their needs and refer to appropriate Young Gloucestershire services.
• To identify appropriate young people to complete qualifications to further their opportunities to positive progressions.
• Maintain a quality service to young people across all provision.
• To provide regular reporting on the activities’ progress.
• Carry out regular risk assessments of all activities prior to delivery.
• To ensure safeguarding of young people.
• To ensure the use of established recording and monitoring computerised systems using VIEWs and other required systems.
• Assessing referrals that are received and identifying needs.
• Identifying what level of support is needed - low, medium or high intervention.


• To be part of the team based at the Link who deliver youth work.
• To undertake training and other developmental activities as required.
• To operate within the policies and procedures of Young Gloucestershire.
• To ensure that the work reflects the organisation’s commitment to equality and diversity.
• To maintain a team work approach to all aspects of the work.
• To promote and maintain a positive image of Young Gloucestershire as a responsible and professional service.
• Work as part of the organisation Young Gloucestershire and undertake duties as required to ensure the strategic objectives of the organisation are achieved.

The following are the criteria that will be used for shortlisting:

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

• Experience of therapeutic mental health support and delivery.
• Understanding the needs of young people in the care system
• Understanding of the needs of young people who have left care
• Understanding of the issues for NEET young people.
• An appropriate professional qualification in a relevant field.
• Experience of delivering and maintaining project delivery in a youth work setting.
• Experience of supporting successful achievement of young people.
• The ability to provide a positive role model for young people.
• A background in supporting and motivating individuals to achieve their potential.
• Knowledge and experience of working with young people.
• Experience of leading public presentation/training/meetings.
• Evidence of recent commitment to personal professional development.
• High level of communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, including experience of writing accurate and concise reports.
• Experience of working on his/her own initiative to an agreed action plan.
• Understanding and promotion of equality and diversity in both staff and young people. .
• Ability to work effectively as part of a team with shared and overlapping objectives.
• Ability to support members of a geographically diverse team.
• Current clean Driving licence and access to a vehicle.
• A “can-do” approach.
• Ability to work flexibly including working unsociable hours when necessary.
• Commitment to motivate and inspire disaffected young people to achieve their potential.
• Experience of working one to one and with groups.

• Ability to use information and communication technology.
• Experience of managing a budget.
• Knowledge of the local community, its voluntary organisations and agencies.
• Experience of managing Health and Safety including risk assessment.
• Experience of dealing with a range of issues facing young people from a variety of backgrounds.
• Experience of developing and delivering qualifications.
• First Aid qualification.

If you are interested in this post, please send a covering letter and CV by clicking on the Apply Now button.

Salary: £18,000 - £22,000 pro rata depending on experience

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