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1:1 Buddy

YMCA Fairthorne Group
4.0 out of 5
£6.90 - £11.94 an hour - Zero hours contract



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  • Casual dress
  • Childcare
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Free parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme

Full job description

1:1 Buddy

Botley, SO30 2GH

Zero Hour Contract between Easter School Holidays to early September.

Salary: £6.90 - £11.94 per hour (Dependant on Age)

Interview date is: Saturday 16th March 2024

Charity Context

We believe that everybody should have the opportunity to lead happy, healthy lives. YMCA Fairthorne Group (YMCA) is a community-based charity that brings people of all backgrounds and abilities together in YMCA places to identify and deliver effective programmes that meet their needs. Fairthorne Manor sits on 94 acres of woodland which thrives all year round.

We work across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton, from 30 venues, providing programmes to over 40,000 people every year. Programmes include multiple early years settings, Daycamps, community activities, the annual national Young Carers Festival, and supportive housing for young people and families experiencing homelessness. Considered one of Hampshire’s hidden gems, the 94 acre site comprises sweeping grounds, mature woodland, a lake and access to the upper reaches of the River Hamble.

Job Purpose

Buddies are paired 1:1 with a child with special needs, which may include physical disabilities, learning difficulties, sight or hearing impairment or emotional or behavioural difficulties. Buddies may also support leaders within a group where there are several children who do not require individual attention but collectively may need additional supervision.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • To work with a designated child as a 1:1 carer to ensure that they can engage with a group of nondisabled peers and participate in the activities on offer.
  • Actively engaging children/young people, providing encouragement and support.
  • Being a welcoming and caring individual and an inspirational role model.
  • Working with and respecting others in a large and diverse team.
  • To support and champion the child ensuring that their individual needs are identified, acknowledged and met.
  • To ensure good communication is maintained with parents, carers and colleagues. Specifically, this will involve providing a daily written handover report.
  • Depending on the individual the role may require aspects of personal and intimate care or giving/witnessing the giving of medication.
  • The role may require aspects of manual handling and behaviour management
  • To report all concerns with regards to Safeguarding and Health and Safety to your line manager or safeguarding officer.
  • At the end of each day, you will be required to complete a handover to parents/carers or to ensure that your child is handed over to a transport escort with appropriate notes and feedback for parents.
  • You may be required to assist a 1:1 on the buses to escort 1:1 children where needed. Bus pick up can be anytime from 07:40am across our seven bus routes.
  • Anything else reasonably requested by Fairthorne Manor management team.

Person Specification & Key Competencies

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience of care/1:1 support work for children with disabilities​
  • NVQ Level 2 or above or working towards a relevant childcare/social care/medical/mental health/youth work qualification​
  • Good knowledge of safeguarding
  • Experience working with children with special needs aged 4 to 16​
  • Teacher Training at Primary School level​
  • Sports/Outdoor experience or qualification​
  • Paediatric First Aid​
  • Behavioural management experience

Personal Attributes

  • Sympathetic to the aims and purposes of the YMCA.
  • An empathy and enjoyment of working with Children.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to actively engage with the children (and adults).
  • Good leadership skills
  • Positive attitude towards disability and diversity

Terms and Conditions

  • This position will be subject to the normal terms and conditions for working within the YMCA.
  • You will have a 30 minutes unpaid lunch break (where the children will have 1 hour). During your own lunch time you are welcome to stay with the children, but we do encourage you to take some personal “down time."

Compulsory Pre-Summer Daycamps Training Course:

For Daycamps staff

First Aid training – 1 day (You will be provided with a certificate and the qualification lasts 3 years. You will not be paid for attending the course).

Alternate training dates may be available for applicants in full time education or teaching jobs

Successful applicant will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via Disclosure and Barring Service.

We are an equal opportunities charity with commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace. A copy of this policy will be made available on request.

Please apply now for this rewarding position and be part of an amazing charity who continue to support and achieve wonderful things within the community.

Job Type: Zero hours contract

Salary: £6.90-£11.94 per hour

Expected hours: 35 per week


  • Casual dress
  • Childcare
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Free parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site parking


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person

Reference ID: FM/DC/ZERO