Youth Work Team Member
YMCA Newcastle Walker Project, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Full time: 37.5 hours
Salary: £17,004 to £18,623
(Dependant on skills, level of qualifications and experience)
We 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 support 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.
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.
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!), Trinity College London accredited arts awards, and the Junior Award Scheme for Schools to encourage personal development of young people.
We work to accommodate young people when they are available – which means after school time and we provide additional activities over the school holidays. We also work occasional evenings and weekends.
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 hold a 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 have experience and an awareness of all or some of the following, safeguarding, confidentiality, risk assessments, sexual health, mental health, employability, homelessness and IAG as well as delivering activities and sports. Ideally you will have a driving license to drive our minibuses.
You’ll work alongside Danielle, Frazer and Holly to deliver the sessions with support from Mary, our team leader.
We also manage our digital platforms to engage with people and monitor and evaluate our work, therefore, It is important that you are social media and IT savvy.
You will also be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.
What to know more?
If you are still reading this you must be interested! Check out ymcanewcastle.com to find out more about the YMCA. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about the role.
How to apply
This is an amazing job so don’t put off! Send Mary an email and she will send you an application form which you can return with a covering letter.