Young People & Families Worker - London & South-East

Location (UK): London hybrid* with 2 days per week minimum in London Office. Must live within the London area to be able to commute.
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
Salary: £29,000 per annum Pending pay review
Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer
Contract type: Permanent
Travel: Regular weekly travel to London hospitals, also around the South East region and occasional travel around England and UK.
Closing date: 23:59 hours, Tuesday 13 June 2023

Download the Job description and person specification for the Young People & Families Worker - London & South-East (Word, 54.1 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 ensure applicants are suitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.


Are you:

  • 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 a dynamic, creative, innovative team player to join our Young People and Families Service in England. This role will be based in London and the South East, 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 plan, deliver and evaluate a quality 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 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. 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.

Key requirements


  • 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 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:

  1. a concise up-to-date CV
  2. a completed application form (Word, 42 KB) demonstrating how you meet the key requirements set out in the Job description and person specification for the Young People & Families Worker - London & South-East (Word, 54.1 KB).  All sections must be completed.

Email both documents as Word or PDF attachments by 23:59 hours, Tuesday 13 June 2023 to If you have a health condition that prevents you from following the steps above, please email us regarding alternative ways to apply. 

Application deadline and shortlisting

  • We advise candidates to apply early as we reserve the right to close applications ahead of the advertised date.  
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 


First interviews:  Dates to be confirmed and to be held in London (Farringdon)

We do not wish to receive contact from agencies or media sales. 

About us

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.

Read more about working for us.

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Versus Arthritis is a Registered Charity No: 207711 and in Scotland No. SC041156.