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Project Worker - RISE

The RISE (Resilience, Independence and Self Esteem) project builds the resilience and mental health of children aged 8-18 effected by the loss or significant absence of a parent/carer in the last three years, due to bereavement, violence, crime or ill-health. The project is funded by BBC Children in Need.  The Project Worker - RISE will plan, deliver and evaluate group activities with young people, working closely with the project leader.  Full details are in the job description below.

Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust currently has additional funds to work with schools and in partnership with other organisations to improve the mental health support available to young people and families in Kirklees.

17 hours per week to be worked over Wednesday – Friday
Fixed Term until July 2021
Includes group work Wednesday and Thursday 5-7pm

Interviews will be held on Friday 6th September - Please ensure availability

 

Purpose of the post:

To organise and provide support to children and young people.

 


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Planning work and using resources

  • Planning own workloads and liaising with other team members to coordinate work
  • Supporting volunteers and students in the service
  • Develop and deliver projects, services and activities in response to the needs of children and young people
  • Assisting enquirers and referrers to services, providing and collecting information and contributing to decisions about eligibility
  • Contribute to the development of projects, services and activities in response to the needs of children and young people.

 

Supporting children and young people

  • Organising and running activities and support groups to improve outcomes for young people
  • Providing telephone and in person support to individual young people and their families to enable them to make life changes which improve their mental and emotional wellbeing
  • Enable children, young people and families to access the support provided by the service, responding to their access needs and providing transport where required
  • Supporting decision making about young people and families with reports and attendance at meetings as required
  • Communicating, coordinating and developing good working relationships with other organisations and groups to ensure the needs of children are met
  • Ensuring a responsive and positive experience for those accessing or attempting to access the service

 

Information, record keeping and support to decision making

  • Ensuring accurate records are kept of all contacts, communication, assessments and plans using established systems
  • Assisting with the monitoring the performance of the project to ensure any under-performance or problems are identified early.
  • Assisting with preparation of reports to funders and managers as required
  • Developing new services or projects in response to identified needs or issues.
  • Ensuring young people are aware of the project, raising awareness through partnership working and promotional work
  • Ensuring there are accurate records kept of all referrals, assessments, contacts, meetings, plans, sessions and evidence of progress using the database systems.

 

Safeguarding

  • For those activities within the responsibility of the post, ensure risks are assessed and actions taken to reduce and manage risks
  • Following Trust policies, procedures and practice to ensure appropriate safeguarding measures are taken
  • Assisting colleagues in implementing best practice in safeguarding.

 

Support other Trust activities

  • To contribute to the safe and effective running of the organisation and implementing plans, policies and procedures
  • Working with colleagues to identify potential sources of funding and applying for them.
  • To develop good working relationships with other Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust staff and volunteers
  • Provide reports and information about the service or the Trust as required, positively promoting the organisation
  • Gather and present feedback from staff, volunteers, partners and beneficiaries of the service
  • Share skills and knowledge with colleagues, formally and informally
  • Supporting young people to contribute to and participate in decision making about Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust, to volunteer and to make a positive contribution to society
  • To undertake other duties as instructed by the Director

 


PERSON SPECIFICATION

You will be a confident, skilled young people’s worker who is able to engage young people and enable them to build relationships, work together and grow in confidence and well-being.

You will have experience and knowledge of planning and evaluating group activities – keeping good records, responding to feedback from young people and being creative in developing a programme of activities.  You will have a repertoire of games, icebreakers, trips out, crafts and activities and be willing to try new ones.

You will be confident on the phone, in meetings and face to face, engaging young people and families to encourage participation in the project and be able to communicate with other professionals to ensure they understand the needs and support needs of young people.

Essential Criteria - To be considered for this job you must:

  1. Have a qualification in an appropriate subject, level 4 of higher (Note: A levels are level 3; Degrees level 6+).
  2. Have significant experience of working with young people, including teenagers, in groups and individually.  The equivalent of two years full time work in this sort of role is ideal.
  3. Be able to confidently plan and safely deliver group activities which engage young people and improve their outcomes and well-being, working flexibly in response to young people.
  4. Be a confident communicator with colleagues, young people, parents and other professionals – in person and in writing.
  5. Be competent in using information technology to maintain records and communicate.
  6. Accept that an enhanced DBS check and positive references are required as part of a safer recruitment process
  7. Be emotionally resilient, knowledgeable and positive about working with young people facing multiple challenges in their lives.  You will be able to listen, advise and support young people.
  8. Be able to travel across Kirklees, transporting young people if necessary.  Therefore, access to an appropriate vehicle and business use insurance cover is required for the post.  Travel expenses are provided.
  9. Be eligible to work in the UK.

In your application, please ensure you demonstrate that you meet the above criteria.

How to Apply
Download and fill in the Job Application Form (link to the right of the page).
Download the Application Form by right clicking the link and selecting "save link as".

Once completed – Please return your application to Jobs@northorpehall.co.uk

Details

Closing Date:
01/09/2019
Working Hours:
17 hours per week
Salary:
£22,500 per annum (pro rata)