Greater London Greater Manchester West Midlands West Yorkshire

£1,472 - £1,880 per 14-18 day role


About the organisation

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Job Description

Motivate and empower a young person this summer, and enable them to have the experience of a lifetime. Flexible paid roles throughout June - September with NCS!

Salary: £1,472 - £1,880 per 14-18 day role

Location: Greater London, Surrey, Bucks & Berks, West Midlands, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

About the role

Join The Challenge, the UK’s largest provider of NCS, and assist and motivate a young person with additional support needs through our summer youth & community programme.

NCS (National Citizen Service) is a government-backed initiative with a mission to equip 15-17 year olds with the confidence, skills and support they need to make a real difference in their communities.

We strive for the NCS programme to be as inclusive as possible, providing additional support and resources to improve accessibility for young people with behavioural and/or emotional needs. We also work closely with schools, youth services and local authorities to engage young people from ‘Looked After’, Pupil Referral Unit, Youth Justice System, CAMHS and SENDCO backgrounds.

The Youth Inclusion Mentor works exclusively with a young person from one of the above backgrounds, quickly building trust and motivating them to fully integrate with their teams. They will conduct meetings with their young person before, during and after the NCS programme, ensuring that the young person is engaging with the NCS ethos and developing skills to take with them into the future.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Identifying, and finding solutions to, barriers prevents the young person from engaging with NCS.

  • Working collaboratively with the seasonal staff team to manage any challenging behaviour the young person may exhibit.

  • Ensuring that all support is provided in a way that empowers the young person and strengthens their resilience.

Person Specification

  • Extensive experience of working with people with a wide range of support needs.

  • Experience of working with young people who are looked after, involved with the youth justice system, have SEND or are receiving support from CAMHS.

  • Ability to manage and support challenging behaviour.

  • Ability to build a positive rapport with young people in a demanding environment.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Experience of working in a residential enviornment.

This partly residential role is perfect for a confident, compassionate and experienced motivator, with the ability to quickly build trust and rapport, and with extensive youth work and/or behaviour management experience. The young person you work with will need intensive 1:1 support, and you will be required to work long hours and take part in a night shift rota during the residential phases of the programme.

The Challenge is committed to safeguarding children and young people.  All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.