The Inspire and Achieve Foundation
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
£24,000 per annum Plus Benefits
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Outreach / Youth Worker (1 Year FTC)
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (office/field based, with travel throughout North Nottinghamshire)

Are you passionate about supporting and empowering young people? Do you have experience of providing much-needed support to offenders or those at risk of offending?

If so, this is an incredible opportunity to help underprivileged young people overcome barriers, build confidence and achieve their goals.

About Us

The Inspire and Achieve Foundation (IAF) is a local, Mansfield-based charity that helps disadvantaged young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) conquer challenges, find their motivation and work towards a positive future.

We run a variety of outreach, mentoring and training programmes, including the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, to help young people aged 16 – 25 gain confidence and progress into employment or education.

We’re now looking for an Outreach / Youth Worker to join us on a one year fixed-term contract, starting January 2020. 

The Rewards

- Salary of £24,000 per annum
- Make a lasting difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people
- Take on an exciting role where you’ll be out and about, rather than at a desk all day
- Join a team who are passionate about giving back to society
- Enhance your experience with an established local charity

Many of the young people we work with have the odds stacked against them, particularly those who have been involved in the criminal justice system or are at risk of offending. Often, they will have low aspirations, low self-esteem and will find it hard to imagine a positive future for themselves. 

We focus on a young person’s potential, rather than their past and give them the tools they need to broaden their horizons, gain confidence in their own abilities and work towards a future full of promise.

You will have the opportunity to act as a catalyst for positive change and help young people discover their true worth, reduce their risk of reoffending and create the lives they choose.

Your Role

As an Outreach / Youth Worker, you’ll mentor young offenders, or those who are at risk of offending. You’ll provide them with guidance, support and advice to prevent them from reoffending and help them progress into education, employment and training.

You will work closely with the Prison Service, National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs), Local Authorities, the Police and a wide range of community and voluntary organisations.

In this important role, you will: 

- Meet with young people, both prior to their release from prison and after they are released 
- Deliver intensive mentoring support and diversionary activities to reduce the risk of reoffending
- Find creative ways to engage with individuals and motivate them to make positive changes 
- Provide one-to-one mentoring and group support 

About You

To join us as an Outreach / Youth Worker, you will need:

- Experience of working with young people aged between 16 – 25 who are NEET and of managing challenging behaviour 
- Previous experience of supporting offenders or those at risk of offending, with knowledge of the challenges these individuals face 
- Extensive experience or knowledge of managing and minimising risk
- A track record of building and maintaining positive and productive relationships with stakeholders and professionals
- Experience of recruiting young people to take part in training or outreach activities in the community
- Knowledge of safeguarding children and young people and experience of managing such situations

Other organisations may call this role Support Worker, Young People’s Support Worker, Youth Mentor, Young Offender’s Support Worker, Offender’s Support Worker, Community Outreach Worker, Programme Co-ordinator, Outreach Worker, or Community Support Worker.

Interviews for this role are scheduled to be held on Tuesday 17th December 2019. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check.

Webrecruit and IAF are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

So, if you’re seeking a rewarding contract as an Outreach / Youth Worker, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

Working hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 17:00, 40 hours per week (some flexible working required) 

Posted on: 29 November 2019
Closed date: 12 December 2019
Job ref: HKVAP0801/GW-HL
Tags: Social Care/Development, Social Work