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WAM Youth

Contact Information:
WAM Youth
9 Gretton Road
GL54 5EE

Tel: 01242603678
Mobile: 07977151046

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Community Youth Worker


Hours: 0.8FTE (Monday to Thursday - Some evening work will be required and hours will be flexible to fit around the candidate and the development of the youth service)
Start Date: August/September 2020

Job Summary:

WAM Youth is looking for an experienced Community Youth Worker to join the team to develop and lead an exciting new community youth service for Winchcombe and its surrounding villages.

WAM Youth is a community-based organisation that provides youth groups, mentoring, outdoor education and relationships and sex education in and around North Gloucestershire and Tewkesbury Borough.  The common denominator in all our services is the quality and consistency of the relationships we are able to offer to young people, many of whom have often experienced rejection and/or some level of trauma. The current pandemic has only served to increase the need for local youth services and data from our recent survey of Winchcombe young people showed an overwhelming desire for local youth services to provide support through safe spaces, safe relationships and in managing wellbeing.

Recent years have seen a lack of consistency in community youth services in Winchcombe as funding has been short-term, services have been outsourced to external providers and young people have felt a lack of security both in the longevity of the space they are able to access and the staff who are present.  The funding we have now received will enable us to work in partnership with young people and the wider community and in a more joined up way with our other services. Because of the priority we place on the quality of relationships our staff build with young people we are looking for someone who wants to commit long term to supporting and working with young people in our community. On joining WAM the post holder will take part in a full induction process where they will get involved in various aspects of delivering the different services we provide in order to get to know us and the workings of WAM well before you start to develop your own project area.

Main purposes of Role:

• To lead and co-ordinate the launch and ongoing delivery of a new community youth service for Winchcombe and the surrounding area. This may include:
o Planning and delivering youth group sessions
o Delivering relationships and sex education
o Leading targeted small group sessions
o Running a drop-in service
• To lead a consultation process to inform the new service. This will include:
o Community profiling
o Surveys/Focus Groups/ Interviews
o Visits to other youth projects/services
• To build authentic, trusted, long term relationships with local young people and their families
• To advocate for young people locally, support them to share their voice and be active participants and agents for change in their community
• Building on WAM’s existing relationships in the community and volunteer base to grow its volunteer team and provide training and support to volunteers
• Helping young people to recognise and articulate their own needs, and to develop strategies to meet those needs
• Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all young people that are accessing WAM Youth’s services, including adherence to policies and procedures, and making appropriate safeguarding interventions as required
• Monitoring impact of the work as well as reporting on individual sessions and attendance using WAM’s systems and software and reporting to stakeholders and funders as agreed in the SLAs.  Keeping records up to date and maintaining confidentiality.
• To work with the WAM Team and Trustees in raising ongoing funds to support the service beyond the life of the current grant funding
• Supporting WAM’s youthwork in other areas as required (this may include 1:1 mentoring or supporting our outdoor education project at its woodland site)

Essential Skills/Experience:

• Professional youthwork qualification and/or substantial relevant experience
• An understanding and acceptance of the Christian ethos of WAM Youth and the centrality of this to the work of the charity
• An understanding of the core principles of youthwork and their implementation
• Extensive experience of working with groups of young people from a range of backgrounds
• Experience in building 1:1 relationships with vulnerable and at risk young people
• Experience of leading a team of volunteer youth workers, and empowering and managing young people in volunteering roles
• Experience in developing and delivering youthwork programmes and provision to meet identified individual & group needs
• Strong networking skills, and the ability to relate to adults, young people and stakeholders from a range of local and statutory organisations
• Good organisation, administration and presentation skills, including public speaking
• Strong IT skills, including the use of Microsoft Office and social media
• Self-motivated, able to work unsupervised and willing to take initiative, with a sense of adventure and a willingness to try new things
• Good team player
• A commitment to continuing professional development.

Desirable Skills/Experience:

• Full driving licence  (highly desirable)
• Experience of working with marginalised and vulnerable young people
• Experience in community development work with young people and then working in collaboration with external stakeholders to deliver youth/community work provision
• Evidence of commitment to ongoing CPD over the last 12 months - e.g. training courses, networking events, supervisions, research and professional observations
• Current First Aid and Food Hygiene certificates
• Minibus/D1 driving licence.
• Awareness of ACEs, their impact on children and young people’s long-term outcomes and understanding of how awareness of them can inform the delivery of community youth work
• Experience in/knowledge of asset-based approaches to community development

Reporting to: Gemma Madle, Director of WAM

All staff and volunteers will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and safe recruitment process.

For more information and an application form please contact: Gemma Madle, Director of WAM, by clicking on Apply Now, or via the address in the contact details. 

Closing date for applications: 12pm Wednesday 8 July 2020

Salary: JNC scale point 8-11

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