Youth Support Worker  with Youth & Community Services (Ref: 1312)
 
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Youth and Community Services are looking for a volunteer to support their staff team as a Youth Support Worker. Youth and Community Services deliver a variety of projects across Cheltenham for young people between the ages of 11-19, meaning that they work with a wide range of young people from different social, economic and geographical backgrounds.

You would have an interest in working with young people aged 10-19. This may be for one or more of these reasons:
- you have a passion for working in the youth sector
- you wish to gain experience of working with young people
- you maybe have a skill or interest that you wish to pass on
- you may want to give something back to your community
What are they looking for?

The role will require you to work face to face with young people, so you must be prepared to do so, as you would be expected to join in with the various activities offered. These might include cooking, art, sports, computer games, music, drama, etc. They are open to suggestions and will happily talk through any idea you may suggest to see if it is functional.

They want volunteers to come into their centres and offer support to their staff. This will involve:
- supporting the workers with the delivery of the programmes
- engaging with young people on a face to face basis
- working as part of a team and assisting in the general running of the youth project.

They are looking for volunteers with:
- good communication skills
- effective listening skills
- team-working skills
- good time management
- a willing attitude

Youth Work, Teaching or Health & Social Care qualifications would be useful but are not necessary.

Practical

All of their projects happen in the evenings, normally from 4:15-9:30pm (depending on the project). It is important to note that a volunteer would not have to do every session, so hours are flexible and vary depending on your availability. However, the organisation would require a certain amount of reliability.


Volunteers receive full induction.

When: Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening,
Age requirements: All ages
Where?

Cheltenham

About Youth & Community Services
 
Communities need youth work.

Youth and Community Services began life in 2010 as an idea to help alleviate the stresses caused by the reduction in public sector provision. Building upon a wealth of professional youth work experience, a group of dedicated and passionate people began to shape the organisation from these initial thoughts.

These inspired few put their heads together to design an organisation fit for the newly emerging youth work environment. This new organisation was to be flexible enough to adapt to the very different needs of each local community, whilst still being firm in its youth work ethos, values and ethical framework.

Good, old-fashioned local authority youth and community services delivered their services in way that was able to find an effective balance between local need and national policy. With cuts to public services the founders of Youth and Community Services in Gloucestershire looked also to the voluntary and community sector and wanted the very best of this work, too.

And so the organisation, Youth & Community Services was born with its aim of working at a grass roots level to help communities develop their own, sustainable youth provision, and to deliver the quality training that makes it happen.

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