Greater Manchester (Hybrid)
£23,178 per year pro-rata
Contract, 6-months, Full-time
Job description

We power young working-class people to change the country today and lead it tomorrow.

Youth Worker

Reports to: Programme Manager

Location: Manchester, with work across Greater Manchester

Salary: £23,178 p.a. pro-rata

Contract: 6 months with the possibility of extension

Hours: Full time. Flexible working will be essential as some evening and weekend work will be required.

DBS: The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check. 

 

In summary: Are you:

  • Incredibly excited about the potential of a new generation of young working-class leaders?

  • Experienced in working with young people in community settings?

  • Eager to work for an organisation that isn’t afraid to take risks and places young people front and centre in its work?

  • Passionate about building a country where working-class people are heard, celebrated for our strength and diversity and aren’t held back by our backgrounds?

We may have the job for you.

 

Background

RECLAIM is a youth leadership and social change organisation. We are a small but bold charity, using our experience and platform to support and amplify the voices of working class young people. 

Our long term goal is to create a Britain where those of us from working-class backgrounds are proud of – and not held back by – our roots. We want working-class people to be represented in places where decisions are made about their lives and to be recognised for their talent, strength, and diversity. We want to see working-class young people at the heart of this, in a country that ensures that they are seen, heard, and leading change.

Through our work we run programmes to support young people to recognise and develop their leadership skills. We support them to lead campaigns on issues they care about. 

Recent work includes:

  • We supported young people to successfully campaign for free bus travel for all 16-18 year olds across Greater Manchester. A policy which now benefits 40,000 young people, making 250,000 free journeys per week and saving them and their families an average of over £500 per young person per year.

  • We helped young people highlight and challenge the increasing use of violent and dehumanising language in politics. The campaign gained widespread media coverage and resulted in new commitments from the Speaker, Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.

  • We supported young people across Manchester to have their voices heard on the impact of violent crime and how current responses don’t leave them feeling safe. 

  • We are working with young people in a school to support them, and their teachers, to create a learning environment that better works for young working-class people.

  • Young people we support have been at the forefront of highlighting the impact of COVID19 on working-class communities and demanding better recognition of the essential workers keeping the country going during lockdown.

We are seeking an Youth Worker who can work alongside our Programme Manager with young people across Manchester and Greater Manchester. This will involve project based outreach youth work, working in schools and holding 1-1s with young people and participation in other elements of RECLAIM work.

 

Job description:

  • Supporting the Programme Manager by feeding into the development, delivery and implementation of different programmes, campaigns and mentoring schemes.

  • Using existing and bespoke evaluation tools and methods to judge the success of the programme and working to improve RECLAIM’s work with young people.

  • Ensuring our work is in compliance with all relevant health and safety laws and RECLAIM’s policies on safeguarding.

  • Developing and delivering innovative one-to-one, small group and large group work with young people to promote their development according to RECLAIM’s mission, including sourcing materials and facilitators, as well as coordinating/supporting volunteers and mentors where appropriate.

  • Developing close links with appropriate individuals, organisations, and statutory bodies in the communities in which RECLAIM works to create a conducive environment for RECLAIM’s work with young people.

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Person specification:

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is highly motivated, can work under pressure and has a positive non-judgemental outlook.

  • Will enjoy being flexible within their job role, working on projects, campaigns and leading sessions in schools and communities.

  • Has an understanding of the social, cultural and economical barriers working class young people face.

  • Be able to use conversation, activity and environments to work with people to develop thinking, reflection, learning, action and change.

  • Can work together with individuals and groups of young people to create activities, offer appropriate support and enable young people to take action, which leads to youth leadership and further opportunities.

  • Has a strong knowledge, appreciation and practical experience of ‘informal education’, which may be supported by a professional qualification. 

  • Has significant experience of outreach youth work, working within schools, individual and group work.

  • Has the wisdom and ability to work in a team, learn quickly, make relationships and take initiative.

  • Have experience of working with young people in a pastoral care and development role.

  • Be able to deliver strong presentations to groups of young people, engage them in positive activities relating to the goals of the programme.

  • Be confident in monitoring and evaluating effectively to demonstrate impact. 

  • Have strong communication and relationship management skills, and experience of developing/leveraging close links with key stakeholders in the community to aid the success of the programme. 

  • Be computer literate.

  • Be able to work on their own initiative and as part of a team and be able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the young people and RECLAIM.

 

Not familiar with the term working class?

No problem, lots of people aren't. It means different things to different people but for us at RECLAIM being working-class is characterised by a few key factors:

  • You're on, or grew up on, a low income with limited access to wealth.

  • You don't have many family connections to people with well paid, professional or powerful jobs.

  • You find it harder to 'fit in' in middle-class spaces, interests and conversations.

  • You're proud of your background and want people to see it as a strength, not a weakness

While working-class people have many of these things in common, we're a diverse bunch too. Working-class people are white, black and brown, LGBT+, disabled, recent migrants or refugees or from families who can trace their roots in the UK back generations, of various religions or none, women, men and non-binary. We're many things but we share the experience of growing up facing those four factors above.

​At RECLAIM we don't mind if people publicly identify as working-class or not, that's completely up to them.

You don’t need to be working-class to do this role or work at RECLAIM. Our work has always involved brilliant working-class allies. We do, though, especially encourage applications from people with direct experience of being marginalised by class and/or some other factor as we work to ensure our staff team is diverse as the young people we are here to support. 

 

To apply we’d like to hear your answer to the following question: 

“It’s important that the young people we work with can authentically relate to our staff team. How will you draw upon your own (lived) experience to build supportive relationships with young people?” (Maximum 500 words)

 

Interviews and assessments will take place on Tuesday 2nd August 2022.

Unfortunately due to being a very small team, we are unable to notify or offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants in the initial stages. If you have not heard from us by Friday 29th July 2022 then it is likely that your application has been unsuccessful. We thank you for your interest in working for RECLAIM.

 

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Posted on: 12 July 2022
Closed date: 27 July 2022 at 17:00
Tags: Project Management, Practitioner

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