Young People and Families Service Worker – London and South East
Location (UK): London office hybrid
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
Salary: £29,000 per annum (London office-based)
Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer
Contract type: Permanent
Travel: Regular weekly travel around London as well as occasional travel around England and UK
Closing date: 23:59, Thursday 6 October 2022
Download the job description and person specification for the Young People and Families Service Worker role (PDF, 164 KB).
Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.
Versus Arthritis is committed to keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm. During the recruitment process Versus Arthritis will undertake safer recruitment practices and relevant checks to help make sure applicants are suitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
- Passionate about improving the lives of children, young people and their families?
- Experienced at creating inspiring programmes and offering life changing one-to-one support?
- Committed to putting children and young people at the heart of decision-making?
If so, then come join our team!
About the role
We are looking for dynamic, creative, innovative team players to join our Young People and Families Service in England. This role will be based in London, but will support service delivery across England and the UK.
As a Young People & Families Worker you will work with colleagues, partners, healthcare professionals, schools, volunteers, families and - most importantly - young people to co-plan, deliver and evaluate a high-quality, holistic support offer locally and nationally.
You will help young people living with arthritis to build their confidence, make friends and achieve their personal goals. This will be achieved by providing one-to-one support, creating peer networks and working with volunteers to co-deliver self-management activities on a variety of topics from sleep management to self-advocacy.
You’ll also co-design an exciting programme of social events, youth voice opportunities, digital content and residential events. You will act as the bridge between young people, their families and professionals - especially in healthcare settings where you will play a unique role working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to meet a range of needs. You will support young people during the pivotal transition from paediatric to adult services and life, making sure it is a time of empowerment and growth.
- Experience of working within the third and/or public sector, preferably within the fields of youth/community development work and/or health and social care - with a passion for improving the lives of young people.
- Understanding the importance of self-management and experience of delivering interventions to people living with long-term conditions. Experience of taking a person-centred approach when providing support.
- Experience of using a community development/youth work approach to co-design and deliver a quality service/project that is inclusive, inspiring and makes a difference. Engaging colleagues, funders, supporters and partners to make it happen.
- Knowledge and experience of safeguarding and safe working policies and procedures.
- Experience of basic project skills, including supporting evaluation work, writing reports, developing project proposals and managing activity budgets.
- Knowledge and understanding of arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
- Understanding of the ‘Social model of disability.’
How to apply
To apply you MUST submit:
- a concise, up-to-date CV
- along with this completed Versus Arthritis supporting statement form (Word, 43 KB) demonstrating how you meet the key requirements set out in the job description and person specification for the Young People and Families Service Worker role (PDF, 164 KB).
- please include where you’ve seen this role advertised
- please ensure the documents you submit are in Word or PDF format.
Email your completed application by 23:59, Thursday 6 October 2022 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We advise candidates to apply early as we reserve the right to close applications ahead of this date.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
We do not wish to receive contact from agencies or media sales.
First interviews expected: Monday 17 October 2022 on Microsoft Teams or at our London Office.
There are 20.3 million people living with arthritis and MSK conditions in the UK. That’s one in three people, many who live in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’. We don’t think that this is ok. Versus Arthritis is here to change that.
Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us defy arthritis.
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Versus Arthritis is a Registered Charity No: 207711 and in Scotland No. SC041156.