WAM Youth - Youth Worker Vacancies

We are currently advertising the following vacancies:

Job Title: WAM Youth Ambassadors

Are you aged between 18-25 & want to help support young people in Winchcombe to share their voice & have influence? WAM Youth is looking for two volunteer Youth Ambassadors to work with Winchcombe's Youth Council, supporting them in their roles, advocating for young people locally and helping them to influence all areas of community life.

Hours: 8 hours per month (Alternate Wednesday evenings & ad hoc meetings including monthly Town Council meetings)

Start Date: Spring 2022 to end Sept 2023 (These roles will then run on an annual basis from September to September & there is the possibility for extension if that’s of interest)

What is the role?

Thanks to grant funding from Gloucestershire County Council WAM Youth recently employed a Pioneer Youth Ambassador for 9 months to establish a Youth Council in Winchcombe. This role has now ended and we are looking for two Youth Ambassador Volunteers to carry on her work. Applicants must be aged between 18-25 and live in the local area.

Youth Ambassadors have two main roles:

  1. Supporting the running of Winchcombe Youth Council:
  • Supporting the Youth Council in their work, attending their meetings and facilitating their projects
  • Sharing a Youth Council seat on Winchcombe Town Council and attending monthly Town Council meetings
  • Advocating for young people in Winchcombe, helping the youth council to raise their profile, widen their membership and find new ways of engaging with young people across the area
  1. Championing the Youth Voice within WAM & Winchcombe
  • Meeting quarterly with WAM’s Senior Management Team and/or Trustees to represent young people’s views in WAM’s strategic planning
  • Supporting young people to engage with wider community life e.g. Winchcombe Green Town, Community Allotments, Sports Clubs and in volunteering

Youth Ambassadors will need to keep records up to date and maintain confidentiality.  Basic training (including safeguarding) will be provided and ongoing support and supervision will be in place.

These roles are an ideal opportunity to gain valuable experience in local politics, advocacy, community development, networking & youth work as well as roles that will have a tangible long term impact on how included young people are in Winchcombe Community life.

The roles will suit applicants who are passionate about social justice and empowering young people.

 

Reporting to: Gemma Madle, Director of WAM

Closing date for applications: 30th May 2022

Any questions about the roles should be directed to Gemma Madle, Director of WAM Youth gemma@wamyouth.org.uk. Application forms can be obtained from info@wamyouth.org.uk. Interviews will be held by Winchcombe Youth Council.   All staff and volunteers will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and safe recruitment process.

Job Title: WAM Outdoors Project Manager

Are you looking for a new challenge? WAM Youth is seeking a Project Manager to lead the development of our exciting WAM Outdoors project. You may be an Outdoor Education Youth Worker who is ready for the next level of adventure in your career, or an Environmental Youth Worker who would love the opportunity to lead on a project that connects vulnerable and at-risk young people with the natural world. Or you might have different experiences of working with young people and want to bring that together with a passion for the great outdoors!

Whatever your background you will need to be a collaborative leader who is committed to providing a safe, positive and challenging environment for the young people WAM supports.  You will be able to work strategically and creatively, managing the needs of the project and young people alongside the environmental responsibility of managing a woodland site. Days will rarely look the same and you will spend most of your time exposed to the elements!  In reward you will experience the benefits of working for a thriving youth charity in a beautiful woodland setting with an experienced and enthusiastic team.  WAM Youth has a variety of benefits for its employees including a generous holiday allowance, flexible working arrangements and a proactive approach to staff wellbeing. All staff are provided with an external mentor to help support them in their professional and personal development.

WAM Youth actively seeks and encourages applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds. More specifically, our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has indicated that our current staff & volunteer team under-represents minority ethnic groups and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from a BAME background.

Type of Contract: Permanent part or full-time (WAM Youth is a flexible employer and open to considering a job share for this role)

Salary: £26,474 - £31,179 depending on experience &/or qualifications (JNC scale 15-21)

Main purposes of Role:

  • To oversee & manage the WAM Outdoors Youth Work Education team and delivery of adventurous outdoor activities and education for vulnerable and at-risk young people
  • To manage WAM’s Woodland site, Porters Plantation
  • To act as Health & Safety Point of Contact for the charity
  • To promote WAM’s strategic objectives and intended outcomes.

Key tasks:

Management of WAM Outdoors Youth Work Team:

  • To directly manage a team of youth workers in their weekly/daily sessions, providing expertise and oversight of all WAM’s outdoor activities and planning and delivery of sessions
  • To ensure the WAM Outdoors team follows safe record keeping processes, submits timely and relevant reports, and to maintain efficient administration processes for referrals, participation and progress reporting of young people
  • To support the Youth Work Co-ordinator in building effective relationships with parents/carers and schools/referrers
  • To support the Youth Work Co-ordinator in creating and reviewing appropriate policies and procedures for the WAM Outdoors project
  • To inspire the WAM Outdoors team with a vision for the ongoing development of the WAM Outdoors project and to work collaboratively with the Director of WAM and the team to create a strategy for this development
  • To build and maintain links with other relevant local organisations and networks.
  • To follow and implement appropriate safeguarding procedures / practices, and ensure sessional staff are compliant.
  • To hold regular supervisions with WAM Outdoors staff, maintain records of staff competencies and to create opportunities for their effective development.

Woodland Management role:

  • To oversee and manage the physical maintenance and development of the woodland site, including integrating with the WAM Outdoors Educational Programme and involving young people wherever possible in the ongoing woodland maintenance
  • To ensure equipment is maintained and organise relevant inspections.
  • To ensure that all activities are risk assessed, covered by appropriate insurance and meet relevant regulatory standards.
  • To manage and maintain the security systems in place around the woodland site, and liaise with relevant parties (Police, security companies) should the need arise.
  • To oversee and manage the booking / hiring of the woodland to relevant persons / groups / organisations.
  • To oversee the use of the woodland by other WAM Teams for their sessions and activities
  • To coordinate regular volunteering days
  • To work with the Director of WAM to manage the finances for the woodland within the set budget and to help the Director of WAM in seeking funding/financial support for the project.

H&S POC role:

  • To provide support to WAM staff in all aspects of H&S work / legislation.
  • To ensure first aid equipment for all WAM projects is up to date and available to sessional staff.
  • In partnership with the Director of WAM to ensure all staff and volunteers are suitably qualified or experienced for their role and to provide access to relevant training where this is required.
  • To ensure that all WAM activities are risk assessed, covered by appropriate insurance and meet relevant regulatory standards, acting as an overseer for other areas of work within WAM regarding Health and Safety compliance.
  • Act as the POC for office-based H&S issues in the absence of an office manager.

Skills needed:

  • A youth work qualification (JNC) or equivalent (Desirable)
  • Significant youth work experience in working with vulnerable and at risk young people (essential)
  • Experience in leading outdoor youth work and/or environmental/conservation activities (essential)
  • Experience in managing a team (desirable)
  • Awareness of the impact that ACEs and trauma can have on young people and their behaviours and how this can inform youth work practice (desirable)
  • The post holder must have access to their own transport due to the location of the woodland site (essential).
  • Sympathy with WAM Youth’s vision, mission and values (essential)
  • Experience of safeguarding children and young people (essential)
  • Woodland management skills, knowledge & experience & relevant qualifications (desirable)

Reporting to: Gemma Madle, Director of WAM

Closing date for applications: 31st May 2022

Any questions about the role should be directed to Gemma Madle, Director of WAM Youth gemma@wamyouth.org.uk. Application forms can be downloaded from our website or obtained from info@wamyouth.org.uk.   All staff and volunteers will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and safe recruitment process.

Job Title: SWYM Student Placement

This is not traditional Church Youth Work! WAM Youth are looking for a trainee who is excited about:

  • practically demonstrating Jesus’ love for young people and modelling grace without agenda, especially to those who are vulnerable and marginalised
  • offering practical, spiritual, emotional and social support to young people in a semi-rural community
  • working collaboratively with volunteers and staff from churches and organisations within the local community to build relationships and bridges between different groups
  • pioneering new ministries and building on existing relationships to connect young people into Community

Trainees are encouraged to work to their strengths, whilst also developing confidence and abilities in areas of youth work that are new to them.

The purpose of this placement is to

  • to support WAM's community youth work groups and sessions and activities & project to reopen the local youth centre (& also other areas of WAM if they wish)
  • to support WAM in developing it's connections with local churches, building relationships with young people in the church and wider community and bridging connections between them
  • to develop and practise skills that will help the trainee in any future work they undertake

Responsibilities may include:

  • supporting the delivery of WAM’s community youth groups
  • organising after school drop-in youth café sessions
  • contributing to assemblies and Christian worship in local primary schools
  • supporting the transition programme for new Year 7 students in the local secondary school
  • encouraging and supporting volunteers from local churches and the wider community to get involved in delivering youth activities
  • assisting in the delivery of lessons as part of WAM’s relationships and sex education programme in schools
  • assisting with fundraising events

It is anticipated that the details here may change during the course of the placement, depending on the priorities of WAM as well as the interests and developing skills of the trainee.

Trainees are supported through SWYM Cluster meetings each week, alongside a line manager within WAM Youth who will evaluate the impact of your work and help with planning, and a mentor from WAM to help your own personal and spiritual growth.

WAM Youth actively seeks and encourages applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds. More specifically, our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has indicated that our current staff & volunteer team under-represents minority ethnic groups and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from a BAME background.

Enquiries can be made directly to Gemma Madle, Director of WAM Youth gemma@wamyouth.org.uk.

Applications must be made through SWYM's website https://swym.org.uk/placements/trainee-youth-worker-26/

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