Detached Youth Support Worker
Fixed Term, Part Time
£21,571 to £21,900 per annum FTE
Working Style: Community-based worker
Please note that this is a part time fixed term contract opportunity for a period of 24 months working 9 hours across 3 evenings per week.
Are you a person who likes every day at work to be a bit different?
Do you prefer being out and about more than being in an office?
Can you strike up conversations with people in public and build rapport?
Are you a creative team player who cares about young people?
If you have answered yes to the four questions above, then it is likely that you have the personality traits to be a Detached Youth Support Worker.
Working face to face with young people as part of a team, you will ensure young people have positive experiences, by working with them to identify their needs and develop good youth work activities to meet those needs. You will work with local youth work teams including volunteers in community and youth provision across the Basildon Borough.
You will need to be someone who can focus on putting young people at the heart of your work. Working flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. You will be supported by an experienced team of youth workers in a variety of youth work settings to:
- Identify areas of need and opportunity within the community where a youth work programme can be identified to support the development of youth provision delivered by the community.
- Support the commissioning of services by working with the community to enhance their skills so they can be more independent in design and delivery of services.
- Negotiate with young people and their communities on their involvement in the programme planning, implementation and evaluation.
- Contribute to and promote the programme to ensure that opportunities are accessible to all who wish to become involved.
- As part of the team involve young people in the decision-making processes, whereby individuals and groups take on responsibilities for themselves and others in their project and the wider community.
- As part of the team respond to individual and group needs, this includes issues affecting young people, promoting self-awareness and self-esteem.
- To deliver or support the direct delivery of youth work programmes as may be required, to include residential experiences for young people.
- Take part in management supervision and the staff performance management scheme, to identify priorities and learning needs and to be responsible for the learning and development of self and to complete all required training and accreditation within 2 years of starting employment.
- Follow Safeguarding Guidelines and report any concerns using the correct procedure and comply with individual responsibilities for staff and young people, in accordance with work role, for health and safety in the workplace.
- Ensure all duties and services provided are in accordance with the County Council Equal Opportunities Policy and Practice.
- Undertake any other reasonable duties commensurate with the level and accountabilities of the post as directed by the Youth Work Commissioner.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- Passionate about supporting young people
- Experience of working with young people and communities is an advantage, but not essential
- Ability to build relationships and relate well to people
- Ability to work in a changing environment
- Commitment to challenging prejudice and ignorance
- Ability to develop work with young people and communities to achieve planned outcomes
- Ability to work as part of a team
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Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.
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If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.
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