Job details

Reference number - 1779 - 2194

Location - Charles Dickens Youth Centre, Lake Road, Portsmouth

Salary - Band 5 - £18,413 - £20,653 pro rata (£2,839 - £3,283 p.a. for 6 hours per week)

Job type/hours - 6 hours per week - permanent

Closing date - 25th July 2018

Interview process - 2nd August 2018

Hours to be worked over 2 evenings a week and some Saturdays to be arranged by Youth club manager staff need to be flexible in terms of their availability as well as working from different sites

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures

The Service

The youth service aim to improve outcomes for young people aged 11yrs- I9yrs and up to 25yrs for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. We do this through, Information, Advice, Guidance and a range of activities provided through our youth clubs and projects. We support vulnerable young people who are at risk or future risk of further problems such as substance misuse, youth offending, teenage pregnancy and homelessness.

As a service we take pride in our work by valuing others, focusing on what's important so that we make a real and positive difference.  Our values are outlined in our Ways of Working and our Guiding Principles and if they reflect how you are and how you work then this could be the role that meets your expectations.

What is the role?

Working with young people aged between 11yrs -19 years, in a youth club setting.  You will encourage young people’s participation in their club and in planning and running activities with them.  Building relationships with these young people, by being a good listener, listening to what the young people want from the activities as well as listening to their issues and sign posting them on to other services as and when required.  You will be expected to support the work under the direction of the centre co-ordinator.  Your duties could include, sport, dance, participation in art, music, drama, discussions, and cooking with young people to name but a few, also off-site activities to include day trips and residentials.

Who is the person?

You need to:

1.      Be enthusiastic and be able to make and maintain effective relationships with young people.

2.      Be friendly and approachable with a sense of humour and lots of patience.

3.      Be able to work within a team, as there will be lots of interaction with volunteers and other staffs as this is very much a hands on job.

4.      An understanding of anti-discriminatory practice is essential and the empowerment of young people is essential.

5.      Be open minded, but recognise and challenge inappropriateness in a young person’s behaviour or language.

6.      Be flexible in your hours of work as you will need availability to work in the evenings and occasional weekends as well as working from different sites.

How to apply

There are 3 ways to apply: