OPP OF THE DAY: Youth Workers – Junior Club, @TheWayYouthZone

Our story began back in 2012 when Wolverhampton City Council in partnership with local business people saw the Onside Youth Zone model in other towns and cities and as a result wanted to give the young people of Wolverhampton access to a Youth Zone, and the benefits it can bring for the whole community. Championed by successful entrepreneur, Steve Morgan OBE and with additional backing from the Morgan Foundation, The Queen’s Trust and St James’s Place Foundation, this once-in-a-lifetime project is now set to become a reality for the city’s young people from early 2016.

Our Youth Zone will be inspirational, sending a clear message that the young people of Wolverhampton matter as soon as they enter. The Way will offer young people the best-in-class facilities and opportunities to access a range of activities. The Way is more than just a name, it is a brand that reflects the values our new Youth Zone will represent. We have worked very closely with young people from the city to understand what they want to get out of the Youth Zone and how they think it should be perceived by the whole community. As a result we have created a brand for The Way with young people that will uphold our values of being unique, providing opportunity, supportive, welcoming and diverse.

Every day the Youth Zone will make a difference to the lives of young people. We will be open 7 nights a week for children and young people aged 8 – 19. Senior Club is for children aged 12 – 19 and will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays 4pm – 9.30pm and weekends 3pm – 8pm. Volunteers need to be friendly, easy to approach and support young people to take part in many different activities and sports.

–     To establish positive relationships with children and young people
–     To respond to the needs of the young people through activities in the recreation area;
–     To ensure that the members maintain a high standard of behaviour and discipline during sessions
–     To ensure the participation of young people in activities and that their ideas contribute fully in the delivery and evaluation of activities
–     To assist with any promotional activities and visits that take place at the Youth Zone;
– To actively promote the Youth Zone and positively contribute towards increasing Youth Zone membership;
–     To promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people at all times
–     Be a role model for young people and present a positive “can do” attitude
–     To help set up and tidy up activities.
–     Volunteer within the performance framework of The Way Youth Zone and Onside
–     Represent The Way Youth Zone positively and effectively in all dealings with internal colleagues, and external partners
–     Comply with all policies and procedures, with particular reference to safeguarding, codes of conduct health and safety and equality and diversity to ensure all activities are accessible
–     Ability to identify and challenge discrimination and discriminatory behaviour, taking appropriate action as necessary
–     To directly deliver a high quality programme of activity that is exciting, safe, varied, innovative, developmental and directly responds to the diverse needs, concerns and interests of the members

For this role, good communication skills are so crucial with a lively can do attitude. You need to have the ability to develop positive working relationships with young people and fellow workers, and be able to coach within a technical syllabus. You also need to be enthusiastic, committed and ready to build your team, and take them to the next level.

This can be a very challenging role, where you will be working with children and young people who may be going through some tough times. You need to have the confidence and resilience to understand their needs and build positive relations, gain trust, listen and engage with them. You need a genuine passion for working with young people and be able to plan and adapt everything you do.

You must be a creative person who can think on their feet and most importantly be an excellent role model.

You need to have an enhance DBS check for this role and we will provide this for you.

A willingness to work unsocial hours during evenings and weekends is required.

The ability and willingness to travel to events in the City and beyond.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Andrew Walker
Tel: 01902 319434
Email: andrew.walker@thewayyouthzone.org
Website: www.thewayyouthzone.org/

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