16 February 2022

1 x Youth Workers posts (full time)

YMCA Newcastle celebrated our 170th anniversary in 2019 making us one of the oldest youth work organisations in Newcastle. Today YMCA Newcastle works with children, young people and the community, from all backgrounds regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or culture.

We have a brilliant opportunity for you to join our fantastic Youth Work team!

Our Youth Work team supports children and young people aged 10-25 and the wider community. We operate from Walker Park in the community centre in the heart of Walker. predominantly in the Walker and Byker areas of Newcastle, but we also venture further afield. We provide social, emotional and practical support through our day to day work. We deliver a variety of activities, trips and residentials for young people to broaden their horizons and motivate them to reach their goals and aspirations. While the people we work with can be challenging, job satisfaction is incredibly rewarding. We encourage and listen to young people to help shape our services and have a voice to ensure we meet their needs.

We support our community development team who deliver activities in the community to address social isolation, including a parent, baby and toddler group and our Young at Heart isolation group.

Our Team

You will be working with our awesome youth workers who are passionate about helping and empowering children and young people to achieve their full potential and we give unconditional support.

We deliver youth and community-led services such as centre-based activities at our Walker Park hub, open drop-ins for young people 13-18 years old, a safe space to hang out. We also deliver detached and outreach youth work in the Walker and Byker areas, we are proud to engage with young people on their own turf. We go into local schools to reach out to young people and deliver sexual health and employability support. We deliver regular sports and physical activity sessions and as restrictions ease, we will soon be back to hiking, biking and camping!

It is an exciting time to join our team as we begin to deliver new programmes coming out of the pandemic, these include, developing a programme to explore heritage sites, cycling, app development, trips to the forest, parks, beaches, camping and residentials (restrictions allowing of course!), growing our women and girls group, delivering Trinity College London accredited arts awards, and the Junior Award Scheme for Schools to encourage personal development of young people.

Working Hours

We work to accommodate young people when they are available – which means after school in the evenings, and we provide additional activities over the school holidays. We also work occasional weekends when running residentials, trips and activities.

About You

You will be passionate about engaging with children and young people and motivated to help make positive changes to their lives. You will be able to hit the ground running and work on your own initiative. You will have Youth Work experience and ideally have your Youth Work Level 3 qualification or be willing to work towards gaining the qualification with support from our team who are happy to help! Your positivity and enthusiasm will be important. Our team will support and nurture your development and there will be opportunities for additional training in areas that interest you. You will be able to use social media platforms, an awareness of the UpShot monitoring system, and be IT literate. 

You will have experience delivering or an awareness of all or some of the following, the local school infrastructure, safeguarding, confidentiality, risk assessments, sexual health, mental health, employability, homlessness and IAG as well as delivering activities and sports. Ideally you will be able to drive and hold a D1 licence to drive our minibuses.

You’ll work alongside Danielle, Anna and Holly to deliver the sessions with support from Mary, our team leader.

You will also be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

Full-time hours: 37.5 per week

Application deadline: 15 April, 2022

Salary: £18,525 per year

Want to apply?

If you are still reading this you must be interested! To apply, please download an application form and send your completed form and cover letter via email to mary.ashley@ymcanewcastle.com