Humankind are an established provider of substance misuse, health young people and families, employment training and education and housing services. In the last 3 years we have doubled in size. In 2018/19 we have a projected turnover of circa £36 million pounds and will employ in excess of 900 staff, expanding from a turnover of £27 million pounds and 700 staff in a matter of one year.
We are recruiting for a Youth and Community Development Worker for Calderdale. The successful post holder will work with young people aged 10-21 within the local communities across Calderdale, you will be delivering a programme of exciting, engaging and inspiring positive diversionary activities for targeted individuals & communities who need the most support.
Delivering street based and targeted outreach, engaging with young people, embedding provisions and services within the communities and also developing an online offer in Calderdale. Act as a mentor and source of support for young people to reduce anti-social, offending and/or risk taking behaviour, as they develop into young adults and enhance their wellbeing, education and employment opportunities
You will work closely alongside Branching Out – Young Persons Substance Misuse service.
This is a fixed term contract for 12 months.
Main duties and responsibilities:
- Deliver targeted programmes of issue based and diversionary activities for young people aged 10-21, that are of a high quality and centred around the needs of the participant
- Provide mentoring and support to individuals participating on the programme
- Support young people to reduce risk factors relating to anti-social and offending behaviour and school participation
- Establish and maintain effective professional relationships with young people and their families encouraging them to participate, engage, have fun and achieve
- To deliver street based and targeted outreach to engage with young people
- Represent HUMANKIND at events, panels and meetings
- Promote the service through a variety of means and resources to individuals, communities and professionals within Calderdale
- Embed provision and service within targeted communities of Calderdale
- To monitor, review and evaluate the effectiveness of the programmes, update where appropriate and provide detailed and accurate, written and verbal, monitoring and reporting
- To liaise and network with a wide range of professionals working with young people across Calderdale, maintaining effective partnerships and working agreements
- To complete all necessary paperwork with young people, including assessment, risk assessment, care planning and review
- Support young people to move on from the service when they are ready into sustainable education, employment, and universal youth provision
- Support good communication systems within HUMANKIND, including contributing to team meetings, and externally with partners, whilst maintaining confidentiality
- To proactively maintain professional knowledge regarding trends, policies and legislation in relation to working with children and young people
- To be a positive role model at all times, maintaining a professional appearance and acting at all times to maintain the good reputation of HUMANKIND
- To ensure that all activities are designed in consultation with young people participating on the programme and ensure that they continue to have a voice within the service and community
- To reduce substance related harm to the individual and the wider community
- Provide information within accordance to the confidentiality policy to the team involved with individuals to ensure a holistic approach
- Provide a full range of services in an outreach and in-reach capacity including satellites offices and in partnership with others
- Comply with all monitoring and evaluation systems, collect and monitor information as appropriate and provide reports when required and actively contribute to successful outcomes for Service Users
- Maintain accurate, up to date records and work in accordance with organisational guidelines and procedures
- To participate and learn from training, supervision and other opportunities to enhance personal and professional development
- To comply with all aspects of our Code of Conduct and adhere at all times to national/local and HUMANKIND Safeguarding policies
- Actively participate in supervision and own personal development and be able to provide evidence of achieving performance targets
- Recognise personal and professional boundaries and work within HUMANKIND clinical governance framework at all times
- The post holder will be required to work flexibly across operational sites and within an agreed number of hours to maintain the most appropriate level of service provision. This can include evening and weekend working
- To report all problems and incidents to a member of the Management Team at the earliest opportunity
- Uphold data protection legislation and, local and formally agreed information sharing protocols and service user confidentiality agreements
- Undertake any other such duties as required within the spirit of the post
This job description is intended to provide a guide to the general duties and responsibilities of the post. It should not be regarded as a contractual document. It will be reviewed regularly and may be varied at the discretion of Humankind.
Person Specification – Essential criteria:
- Experience working with and supporting vulnerable and/or at risk young people and a sound understanding of the issues affecting them
- Experience of organising, delivering and facilitating effective and engaging 1:1, group sessions and events for young people
- Experience of delivering needs-led work with young people with ability to maintain professional boundaries
- Ability to work as part of a team as well as on own initiative and organise own workload
- Ability to maintain accurate , up to date records , report writing and use of IT and digital technology including Microsoft Office suites and social networking sites
- Practical knowledge and application of confidentiality, safeguarding and child protection issues and ability to manage risk effectively
- Committed to the principals of Equal Opportunities and Anti- Discriminatory Practice
- Excellent verbal and written communication and listening skills, including telephone manner, public speaking and communicating with a broad range of audiences
- The flexibility and ability to commit to working hours that reflect the needs of services which includes evening and weekend work as required
- Full driving licence and access to a car
- An enhanced clear DBS check
Person Specification – Desirable criteria:
- Working towards or achieved Level 3 Youth and/or Community Work qualification, or equivalent with a commitment to personal and professional development
- Understanding and knowledge of the harmful effects associated with drug and alcohol misuse
- Demonstrable experience of working with young people with challenging behaviour
- Experience of networking, establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships / partnerships with voluntary and statutory bodies
Candidates will be recruited within the advertised range, please do not automatically expect initial recruitment to be at the top end, as this will depend on experience and enables progression in role through the Humankind development process.
Internal candidates at risk of redundancy will be prioritised for this vacancy therefore, we retain the right to withdraw the advert before the closing date.
Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address you provide on your application form. We will contact shortlisted candidates by email to confirm the arrangements for interview. Please check your email inbox after the closing date for notification as you will not be notified by any other means. Please remember to check your junk folder.
Due to the current restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, interviews will be via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.