If you are passionate about supporting young people to reach their potential, we want you to join our partnership! Bonny Downs Community Association (BDCA) and Renewal Programme (RP) have come together in an exciting new youth project and are seeking 2 x experienced Youth Co-coordinators to provide the young people of Newham with spaces to enjoy, support to achieve their best, and opportunities to make a positive difference in their community.
BDCA is a dynamic community-led charity that has been serving the residents of the London Borough of Newham since 1998. Our motto is, “working together to change lives and transform our community”. The Renewal Programme has also been working in the borough for 50 years and is passionate about investing in community and supporting people to rise through dignity, inspiration, and empowerment. Together we have a combined track record of over 70 years’ Newham focussed service delivery. including local club youth provision. holiday activities, evening drop-ins, sports activities and youth leadership programmes.
About the roles
These new posts offer an exciting opportunity to play a driving role in launching a new package of services for young people across the economically disadvantaged but beautifully diverse East Ham area of Newham. Each role is 36 hours per week and for an initial fixed term period of 2 years pending further funding. Please see the full job descriptions and person specifications attached and do note an enhanced DBS check will be required.
Our ideal candidates will have significant youth work experience, a passion for working with young people from diverse backgrounds and a high level of motivation to develop an excellent and impactful youth offer. You will be excellent relationship builders that are enthused by partnership working, and given current circumstances you will also need to be creative in your approach to adapt youth engagement offers safely and in line with Covid-19 restrictions. You will need to demonstrate that you are professional, organised, efficient and able to manage our sessional youth staff, sports coaches, junior leaders and workshop providers. You will also have a robust understanding of safeguarding policy and procedures.
With one role based predominantly at BDCA (London E6) and the other at RP (London E12), you will work together to plan, lead, manage and evaluate sessions in venues across the East Ham community, ensuring project outcomes are effectively delivered. Key shared project outcomes are:
- Provide safe places to enjoy = at least 6 venues will be open for a total of 1759 hours of youth activities each year.
- Increase youth engagement = Each year, at least 495 unique young people will access our regular activities and accredited courses and feel a greater sense of community connection as a result.
- Grow youth leadership = Each year, at least 45 young people will receive intensive year-long support to achieve their best and build their hope and agency to make positive change in their own lives and in their wider community too through accredited youth leadership courses and social action campaigns.
- Deliver inspiring and diverting activities = Each year, the programme will deliver at least 25 co-produced activities including sports, creative arts, wellbeing workshops, free play, tuition support, educational workshops, offsite trips, training and mentoring.
Each role will however have slightly different areas of responsibility as follows:
Youth co-ordinator 1 (BDCA)
This post holder will be specifically responsible for coordinating: four outdoor MUGA sports sessions and one outdoor BMX session per week; year round Saturday volunteering sessions for young sports leaders; support to complete Duke of Edinburgh award scheme led by specialist partner and an annual music production project led by specialist provider. They will also be directly delivering: three virtual activity videos per month; two annual residentials for 15 participants; three-week summer volunteering placement with accredited Sports Leadership Award for 30 participants; monthly Stepping Up life skills training and social action campaign planning workshops plus regular mentoring calls for 15 participants; annual music premiere event for up to 100 attendees; and 10 day trips per year for up to 15 participants.
Youth co-ordinator 2 (RP)
This post holder will be specifically responsible for coordinating and delivering five evening youth clubs per week including a tuition club, journalism club and three drop-in free play sessions with creative workshops. They will be charged with leading the project’s monthly youth forums during the above sessions and also supporting participants to attend borough-wide Youth Citizens Assemblies and Area Youth Forum meetings. So as well as delivering high quality inclusive activities in safe supervised spaces, this new Project Coordinator will focus on increasing access to platforms where youth voices can be heard and younger leaders are supported to help steer local services to boost engagement and impact.
Application process: Please apply by attaching an up to date CV AND covering letter (max 2 pages, applications without cover letters WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED) demonstrating how your skills meet the Job Description and Person Specification and why you are interesting in applying for the role. If your application preference or request is for one specific role over the other then please state this in your cover letter otherwise we will assume you wish to be considered for either role within a single application. We are also willing to consider job share applications for each role from strong candidates
Please note there is no fixed closing date, but we are keen to recruit to these posts as quickly as possible and so early applications are very much encouraged. We will invite interviews and begin the selection process on a rolling basis, with the aim to have the positions filled as soon as appropriate candidates are identified.
Equal Opportunities Statement
Both BDCA and RP are committed to recruiting high quality candidates whose skills and experience are most suited to the jobs on offer regardless of sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion (or beliefs), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age or political affiliation.