ReachOut is a mentoring charity that works with young people from disadvantaged communities in London, Greater Manchester and Liverpool to raise aspirations and help them grow in character and academic attainment. We improve Numeracy, Literacy and Communication Skills whilst reinforcing our core values of Fairness, Self-Control, Good Judgement and Staying Power.
As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed ReachOut Home, our online mentoring programme. ReachOut Home supports our young people’s emotional wellbeing, with a particular focus on character education and building skills to navigate our ‘new normal’. Our online provision has allowed us to take our mentoring programme into new parts of the UK and depending on the situation, we will continue to provide our online programme alongside our face to face delivery when it is safe to do so.
We are looking for enthusiastic, collaborative and positive individuals to join our Leadership Programme and become Project Leaders. As a Project Leader, you will run a weekly mentoring project with a group of young people from a primary or secondary school, facilitating the 2-hour sessions alongside other responsibilities. The Leadership Programme is an opportunity to gain and improve your leadership, management and communication skills whilst having a massive impact on the lives of young people. You will be supporting them to raise their aspirations, develop their character, and build their academic attainment and self-confidence. Are you up for the challenge?
As a Project Leader you will:
- Spend 2 hours planning and 2 hours delivering your mentoring session each week during term time for 10 - 16 young people and their mentors.
- Manage and support the young people.
- Manage and support the volunteer mentors.
- Complete monitoring and evaluation activities to ensure sessions are as impactful as possible for your mentees.
- Attend ReachOut events and socials with your mentors.
- Follow ReachOut’s policies and procedures to safeguard young people.
Please download the information pack from our website for full details about the job role.
- Has worked with groups of young people in the range 9 to 16 years’ old
- Has the potential to take on a leadership role
- Can demonstrate commitment to a cause/activity and has taken an active role in it (e.g. captain of a sports team, president of a society)
- Has professional work experience (e.g. internships, summer placements, etc.) This can also be regular voluntary experience but should roles where you have had responsibility for something, worked to deadlines, worked with others etc.
- Maths and English skills, (minimum grade C at GCSE or equivalent)
- Communication skills (face-to-face, email, text, phone)
- Good organisation skills (can manage tasks effectively, accurately and in a timely fashion)
- Confident using IT; email, MS Forms, excel and video conferencing
- Passionate about ReachOut’s mission
- Demonstrates ReachOut’s Character Strengths: Fairness, Good Judgement, Self-Control and Staying Power
- Demonstrate good teamwork skills such as collaboration and delegation
- Open to feedback with a genuine desire to learn and develop personally
- Enthusiastic and energetic
- Excited by challenges
- Prepared to be adaptable and creative
To apply for the Leadership Programme, please visit our website. Applicants must ensure they are available to attend evenings and weekends online training through September 2021. Upon completion of the induction training, all Project Leaders will be paid a lump sum of £50.
We aim to respond to applications within 2 weeks of receiving your application. Applications will be assessed as they come in and assessment centres will be held on a rolling basis. Once the position is filled the vacancy will be closed so applicants are advised to apply early.
Please note, if you are a successful candidate you will be required to undergo an enhanced criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service. ReachOut will cover the cost of the check and guide you through the process. All staff have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults. The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.
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