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Senior Centre Based Youth Worker

North Avenue Youth Centre
North Avenue, Chelmsford CM1
£12.50 an hour - Permanent, Part-time


North Avenue, Chelmsford CM1

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  • Casual dress
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay

Full job description

12 Hours a week – typically on three afternoon/evenings. Flexibility needed for occasional weekend work, or daytimes during school holidays.

We will be assessing applications as they come in rather than having a closing date. Please send in a covering letter stating what skills and experience you have that are relevant.

Pay – £12.50 per hour

North Avenue Youth Centre is based in Chelmsford and works with young people aged 8 – 18 (25 with additional needs) in the area. We aim to engage young people in a range of activities both within the Youth Centre and in the community. Through these activities North Avenue Youth Centre aims to develop meaningful and positive relationships with young people, based on mutual trust and respect, helping young people reach their full potential, promoting their personal and social developments. Experience working or volunteering with young people is essential. We currently open three afternoon/evenings a week.

Responsible to: Youth Centre Manager

Key Duties: -

  • Take a lead role within the team, under the direction of the Youth Centre Manager, to develop and deliver a varied programme of activities for the young people. The role will focus on centre-based youth work, including activities such as crafts, sports, cooking, project work and developed offsite activities. The role will include being part of leading offsite events, training young leaders, and developing projects with young people to identify and encourage their learning and development. On occasions there may be detached youth work, involved meeting young people where they choose to be, such as local parks and streets
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate sessions as lead worker, deputising for Youth Centre Manager as agreed
  • Complete all required admin and paperwork, including registers, reports, evaluations, and accurate records
  • Be a responsible and positive role model for young people
  • Take accountability for security and safe working within the youth sessions
  • Engage in conversations with young people, encouraging self-awareness, resilience, supporting informed decision making, independence and individuality
  • Identify where targeted support or work is required and facilitate referrals and connections
  • Handling money
  • Work with young people to promote a safe and unprejudiced environment
  • Stay informed on legislation, local and national issues, and best practice in youth work
  • Carry out other responsible activities as requested by the Youth Centre Manager
  • Ensure child protection procedures are followed and that the safeguarding of young people is paramount
  • Follow the code of conduct at all times, promoting the best outcomes and experiences for young people

Person specification: -


  • Be reliable and honest
  • Able to commit to regular hours within school term time, but with the ability to be flexible during school holidays and for special activities
  • Be understanding of the issues and pressures faced by young people
  • Enjoy working with young people
  • Be prepared to undergo necessary training e.g. Safeguarding of children and young people
  • Be a positive role model
  • Be committed to empowering young people to achieve their potential
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team


  • Relevant youth work qualifications and/or experience
  • Experience of detached youth work is desirable but although not essential, you will have a willingness to learn
  • Excellent communication skills, able to quickly establish positive relationships with both adults and young people
  • Be observant, patient and enthusiastic
  • Good organisational and administration skills
  • Understanding and appreciation of the importance of monitoring and evaluation in a youth work setting
  • Positive about embracing challenge and change, open to experimenting, new ideas, reflective practice and working with other organisations
  • Lead a small team of youth workers and volunteers, inspiring best practice and enthusiasm
  • A working understanding of safeguarding children and young people and how to maintain appropriate professional boundaries
  • A working understanding of equality and diversity with the ability to challenge discriminatory behaviour and a commitment to anti-oppressive practice
  • The ability to ensure relevant Health and Safety is adhered to
  • Able to work on own initiative as part of delegated tasks
  • A believer in strongly supportive environments, sharing and being open with colleagues and engaging with the supervision process

Identity / Character

The successful applicant will be subject to the relevant health, social services and police checks.

Satisfactory references will be required

For further information or to arrange an informal chat, please contact the youth centre.

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent
Part-time hours: 12 per week

Salary: £12.50 per hour


  • Casual dress
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay


  • Holidays
  • Monday to Friday
  • Overtime
  • Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Chelmsford, CM1 2AL: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Work Location: In person