One Church Brighton is an inclusive and vibrant church community, as well as a collective of transformational projects and two beautiful buildings, all committed to bringing hope and love to Brighton & Hove and beyond.
It’s worth saying at the start that One Church Brighton is quite an unusual church. We are messy, organic and entrepreneurial; we have a variety of projects all trying to tackle social justice issues and we seek to encourage people to get involved with issues that they are passionate about, rather than directing the agenda from ‘the top’. We have a wonderfully eclectic worshipping church community who appreciate the space to be real, air their doubts, ask awkward questions, be utterly vulnerable and where a lack of judgmentalism and an embrace of different views are valued. We have become known for expressing an inclusive theology, as shown so wonderfully in the life and practices of Jesus, that manifests itself in encouraging people to be a part of us who might find less of a welcome in more traditional churches. This is not an incidental point, if you are not open to embracing and welcoming people of different sexuality, different belief, different attitude and behaviour you will find it very hard to work for One Church. If however this is the kind of thinking that thrills you, then you’ll find a wonderfully affirming and beautifully messy church community here in the amazing city of Brighton & Hove.
All that we are and all that we do, across all of our projects and activities, is shaped by five core values. These are:
- Intimacy with God
- Involvement in the world
- Interdependence with one another
- Inclusion of everyone
- Integrity in all we do
One Youth Brighton is a key part of the wider One Church community, providing a range of free services to young people aged 10-18. The Youth Engagement Worker will lead these services, support and grow the volunteer teams that support them, and expand the reach of the projects so that we can meet and support as many young people as possible across Brighton and Hove.
One Youth Brighton does not exist in a vacuum. There are excellent services and schools that the Youth Engagement Worker will need to work in partnership with across the city. In particular, over the past couple of years, we’ve found great value in working alongside Brighton & Hove Citizens. Through this partnership our young people have been a part of shaping and campaigning for the Mental Heath Service Pledge for Brighton & Hove.
As well as this strategic and entrepreneurial side to the role, the Youth Engagement Worker will need to be someone who can engage deeply and naturally with young people, volunteers, and staff of diverse backgrounds and beliefs; who is passionate about supporting all young people as they journey towards spiritual, emotional and social maturity.
We’ve been really fortunate to secure funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and this role is paid for by that grant.
- Coordinate and deliver 5-6 youth work sessions per week for One Youth Brighton, including:
- ‘Safehouse’ - an after-school homework and social club twice per week
- Evening open access youth clubs
- Lunch clubs in local secondary schools
- Develop new opportunities for high quality youth work sessions
- Proactively build good relationships with young people, including mentoring relationships
- Lead confidence-building activities with young people
- Improve opportunities for young people to engage with and participate in the shaping and running of our youth work
- Cultivate and develop partnerships with other agencies and organisations, including other churches, schools and community initiatives
- Referrals – maintaining contact list for agencies that refer young people to One Youth. Establishing new links as new clubs evolve or if existing clubs struggle for numbers
Funding & Finance
- Work to the budget agreed annually with the Head of Youth and Children’s Work (currently the Associate Minister)
- Working with our Fundraiser to proactively pursue funding opportunities for support our youth work
- Keep an accurate account of all finances
- Comply with any Grant and Trusts reporting
- Recruit and develop volunteers, facilitating positive and nurturing team dynamics
- Develop training pathways to increase volunteer participation, engagement and responsibility
- Attend weekly OCB team meetings
- Work closely with the wider church’s children and youth teams
- Contribute towards a positive office environment
- OCB will seek to develop the post holder towards their full potential
- 25 days holiday, plus 8x public holidays, plus an annual retreat day paid for by One Church Brighton
- The chance to be part of a fun and energetic team
Download the application pack for more details, including person spec.
One Church Brighton reserves the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post holder at any time.
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