Available until: 6th Aug 2020
Our vision and passion at FAST London (FAST) is to see children and young people, from some of the most deprived and challenging backgrounds, succeed in life. FAST focuses on creating safe spaces with positive role models and providing diversionary and inspiring activities that develop resilience and inspire hope in efforts to achieve this. We build relationships with young people by engaging them in environments where they feel most comfortable whilst doing activities they love. Once relationships are developed, we partner with them to identify and overcome the challenges they face in life helping them realise their amazing potential. FAST is a well-established Christian inspired charity which works equally with young people of all faiths and none.
As a community-based charity, community engagement is at the heart of everything FAST does and the Lead Youth Worker (LYW) will lead our efforts to engage young people. Using our community programme as a vehicle, they will explore how best we can engage and develop young people with a particular emphasis on increasing our girl’s engagement.
The LYW will be responsible for attracting the people and resources needed to make the community programme a success. This includes but is not limited to identifying partner organisations, volunteers and equipment.
Working with both FAST team members and local stakeholders including schools, local churches and Wandsworth early help team the LYW will be expected to work in partnership to identify local needs and respond with initiatives where they see gaps.
Lastly, the LYW is expected to develop effective communication channels with young people to ensure their voices are heard and case studies of the work the programmes have achieved are effectively captured.
Due to the nature of the role, there is an occupational requirement for the post holder to be a practising female Christian. This is because of the Christian values of FAST and our Christian partners as well as the fact that the post holder will lead a girls project as well as the community programme. The post holder will be able to demonstrate a successful track record of at least 2 years’ youth work experience relevant to an urban context, having a high level of competency in mentoring and/or counselling. A professional youth work (or equivalent) qualification is desirable. They will have strong project management skills, be an exceptional communicator and influencer and able to relate easily to young people and the issues and challenges they face. They will also be able to take the initiative, work independently, enjoy mobilising others and have well-developed team leadership and networking skills. Willingness to travel and work in evenings and at weekends when necessary is important. All FAST staff and volunteers have enhanced DBS disclosures and work within strict child protection guidelines. The staff package includes 28 days (3 of which is taken between Christmas and New year) paid holidays and pension provision.
This role has three core functions:
1. To lead and manage FAST’s community programme and girls engagement.
2. To resource, manage and support the people, partners and resources relating to the programmes and projects the LYW leads on.
3. Any other duties relating to the post
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the full Job Description and the Application form. All interested candidates are required to submit an application form along with their CV and a Christian reference that we can contact prior to interviews. Interviews will take place on the week of Monday 10th August.