Location: Home-based but with regular travel to London for meeting
Hours: Part-time: 28 hours per week
Fixed term post to 31st December 2021
At Leonard Cheshire we support individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. Led by people with experience of disability, we are at the heart of local life — opening doors to opportunity, choice and support in communities around the globe.
Young people with additional needs are amongst the most marginalised individuals in the UK, experiencing persistent inequality and underrepresentation in the public sphere. Young people we work with are passionate about breaking this cycle of exclusion by tackling the root causes of social injustice. They want to gain confidence and skills in advocacy to represent the collective youth voice, creating a force to drive real social change.
‘Future Leaders’ is a pilot advocacy campaigning programme which supports young people aged 16-25 to develop advocacy skills, leadership, citizen reporting, peer-mentoring, workshop facilitation to become lead citizen reporters. We have an exciting opportunity for a Youth Campaigning Programme Lead who will be responsible for developing projects in Glasgow, Swansea, Belfast and Manchester.
This new role is an exciting challenge for someone keen to work in the charity sector and empower young people to make a difference. You will recruit a cohort of young people will become disability advocates, leading grassroots social action to transform the current social landscape; their insights and expertise will influence Leonard Cheshire priorities and strengthen future youth-led programme delivery.
We are looking for candidates who have a good knowledge of campaigning and reporting, are passionate about supporting young people and have the motivation to make a difference. You will have experience of working with our target group, organising campaigns and delivering inclusive activities and events. Knowledge of teaching, training or youth work is highly compatible with this role. You will be a confident, pro-active communicator who can build effective relationships both internally and externally.
Key Responsibilities include:
- Support the programme to achieve positive outcomes for young people with additional needs in line with agreed project pathways and plans
- Willing to travel across the UK
- Recruit participants to agreed targets
- Build partnerships with local schools, colleges, disability groups and services, to promote the project and recruit groups of participants
- Design and develop sessions, community activities and skills development workshops to meet the programme’s outcomes
- Support participants to complete relevant paperwork, including photographic and written evidence of achievements
- Organise and present at promotional and networking events
- Follow Can Do Theories of Change, Quality Management and Evaluation Frameworks
- Undertake any other reasonable duties as requested
Key Experience needed:
- Experience of working with young people is essential
- Experience of organising and delivering projects/events and building community links is essential
- Experience of working with disabled people is desirable
- Working knowledge of the Gloucestershire area is essential
- Confident and experienced in using various forms of technology and software including social media to communicate with different audiences
- An engaging manner with the ability to build rapport with young people
- Good communication, interpersonal and team working skills
- Passion, enthusiasm and a real commitment to make a difference to people’s lives
- Be able to work unsupervised and on your own initiative, as well as part of a team
- A satisfactory disclosure check is required for this post
Leonard Cheshire welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We actively encourage applications from people with a disability, supporting where possible, your requirements for reasonable adjustments
Shortlisting for this role may take place as applications are received.
We therefore reserve the right to close this vacancy once a suitable candidate has been appointed.