SW1V, London

£25,000 per annum + pension and holiday allowance

Full-time

Independence Programme Youth Worker

Job Description

Job Title: Full-Time (37.5 hours) Youth Worker (Independence Programme), three years fixed-term contract.

Location:  Westminster and Ripley, Surrey.

Reports to:  Head of Programmes

Salary: £25,000 per annum (plus pension)

The Caxton Youth Organisation: Established in 1948, the Caxton Youth Organisation works to advance the personal development of young people with disabilities between the ages of 11 and 25 in the City of Westminster.

The young people we work with have multiple disabilities, both mental and physical. They therefore face multiple disadvantages, such as prejudice, exclusion, lack of employability or workplace skills, poor social skills and a high degree of dependence.

The Caxton Youth Organisation offers four main programmes that are designed to overcome these challenges: Independence; Health & Personal Care; Employability; and Opportunities.

Purpose of the role: To be the lead Youth Worker for Caxton Youth Organisation’s Independence Programme for young people, ensuring that the following minimum outcomes are met for each of our young people, who should:

  • Understand money values
  • Be able to manage a bank account
  • Be able to manage a budget
  • Manage and maintain their own room/home to a satisfactory standard
  • Be able to able to take control of their emotions and behaviour
  • Understand that all actions have repercussions
  • Have a clear understanding of themselves
  • Know their own strengths and weaknesses, and problem-solve accordingly.
  • Be safety aware, and can mitigate the damage of potential event

To drive the disability minibus on some evenings and weekend trips.

Main tasks:

Independence Programme:

  1. To develop and manage the Independence Programme, seeking to empower and advance young people’s voices.
  2. To manage and/or develop a range of activities leading to the above outcomes.
  3. To monitor and assess the progress of each young person engaged with Independence Programme.
  4. To assist the Senior Management Team in the evaluation of sessions, by monitoring attendance and contributing to reports for funders.
  5. To undertake face to face work with young people through youth work sessions, one to one support and developmental group work.
  6. To listen to, advise and support young people.
  7. To support the fundraising for further funding to support this programme of work.
  8. To contribute to strategic planning by attending team meetings, and writing reports for the Board of Trustees, as required.
  9. To work with the Head of Operations ensure that appropriate resources are available for the programme.

General requirements:

  • To contribute to the provision of a welcoming environment for young people, ensuring that premises are prepared, and cleaned up at the end of each session.
  • To provide for the social educational needs of young people with disabilities, through developmental youth work.
  • To ensure that no young person suffers discrimination in access to provision as a result of their gender, ethnic identity, sexuality, disability and/or social background.
  •  To liaise with other workers and agencies in the area to create opportunities for Caxton’s members to achieve more.
  • To meet any administrative requirements of the senior management team.
  •  To work within and according to Caxton Youth Organisation’s policies and procedures.
  • To encourage participation and promote responsibility among the membership.
  • To work in a supportive manner with the staff team, volunteers and trainees.
  •  To undertake training relevant to the post, as identified through supervision.

Person Specification

Preferential Selection Criteria

Skills and Abilities

  • Has a professional Youth Work qualification preferably at degree-level.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Has a good understanding of different communication methods, including Makaton.
  • Advanced use of Microsoft packages.
  • Must be willing to learn to drive our 13-seater minibus. Therefore must be over 21 years old and have a clean driving license for at least two years to meet the conditions.

Experience

  • Experience of delivering developmental youth work provision for young people.
  • Experience monitoring and evaluating project outcomes.

Knowledge

  • Has a comprehensive understanding of safeguarding and confidentiality.
  • A good understanding of issues surrounding young people with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of the communication needs of people with learning disabilities, and those on the autistic spectrum.

Personal Attributes and Other Requirements

  • Is able to work as part of a team and to use own initiative. 
  • Is willing to work unsociable hours, including evenings and occasional weekends.
  • A highly motivated and energetic leader.
  • Is dependable and professional.
  • The ability to remain calm when working under pressure.

Essential Safer Recruitment Criteria

1. A cleared Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at an enhanced level. This check is necessary as the work involves dealing with or having access to children and vulnerable adults whilst undertaking normal duties.

2. The candidate must be able to provide at least two relevant references prior to taking up the post.

How to Apply

Please apply online, sending a CV and 1-2 page Cover letter explaining how your skills and experience match the job description as well as stating whether you have a driving licence. 

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 6th February at 5pm