Job Description for LGBT+ Youth Worker

For this role, we particularly encourage applicants from the LGBT+ community. We provide a service that is inclusive towards children and young people who are trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming, and are very keen to hear from candidates who have lived experience in this area.

Managed by: Director
Role Type: Session worker
Rate: £15/hour
Hours: 5 hours per week. 4.5hrs on Fridays from 5:30, plus 30 mins per week to session plan
Based at: Youth Club takes place in North London

To Apply: Please email a copy of your CV and a short Cover Letter to
j.garfield@thetoyproject.co.uk.

Role Context

The TOY Project is setting up an LGBT+ club with one weekly session for children aged 9-13 years old and another weekly session for young people aged 13-17 years old. The aim of the club is to create a space for LGBT+ children to meet, socialise and build friendships. The sessions will be held weekly and consist of activities tailored to the children’s ages, and as time goes on, their likes and interests. We are looking for a Youth Worker to run these sessions, including leading and planning the sessions.

Main Purposes of Role

To create and sustain a safe and nurturing space that enables young people to thrive and
socialise.

To develop a programme of activities led by young people, for young people.

To encourage all children to engage and facilitate them building relationships.

To share session lead responsibilities.

Key Tasks

Develop and facilitate a weekly activity programme that reflects the needs and wants of the young people.

To ensure the voices and experiences of young people are driving the programme; informing, influencing and evaluating.

Guide and assist the young people as they set up and pack down the space.

Build trusting and professional relationships which form the basis of a mentoring relationship.

Keep the space safe by adhering to safeguarding practices, health and safety and code of conduct.

Take part in the post-club debrief meeting including discussion of the social and the workshop sessions, discussion of particular challenges and problems the young people are facing with the goal of identifying and being able to offer additional support.

To ensure your interactions with staff and with young people are compliant with the organisations.

Equal Opportunities, Safeguarding and other Policies.

Session lead tasks include opening and closing the space, handling keys and safeguarding lead responsibilities.

Person Specification

Knowledge and understanding of unconscious bias, equity and equality and how they impact engagement and practice with young people.

Experience working directly with LGBT+ youth groups, ideally aged 9-17 years.

Experience of developing youth-led approaches to planning, participation and evaluating work with young people.

Knowledge of the barriers faced by LGBT+ young people and the impact particularly relating to participation.

Solutions focused approach to situations.

Experience of working with young people in group settings, encouraging engagement and socialising.

Knowledge and experience of safeguarding, training will be provided.

Support & Training

Training and support will be provided around safeguarding young people.

Support will be provided to enable you to work effectively with young people.

The Toy Project will run a DBS check alongside references that would need to be provided prior to starting in the role.

The TOY Project was set up in 2013 and recycles toys for those in need. Many of the toys collected are passed onto children who need them in hospitals, hospices,
schools, nurseries, community centres and into private homes. Some of the toys are sold to raise money to keep the project going and run play-based sessions free of charge for our community.

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