Job Title: Youth Worker
Job Title: Youth Worker
Accountable to: Street Arts Project Co-ordinator/ Creative Programme Manager
Location: Wester Hailes, South West Edinburgh
Hours of Work: Thursday Evenings (4.00pm-7.30pm) with additional hours for school holiday sessions, project planning and evaluation, training, support and supervision. Other freelance support/ youth work may be available.
Rate of Pay: £15 per hour, freelance position
WHALE Arts is a community arts organisation based in the purpose built WHALE Arts Centre in Westburn, Wester Hailes. We provide arts activities for over 1,300 children and adults a year that inspire change for people and their community.
Street Arts is an innovative and ambitious outreach project that delivers high quality arts activities for young people (5-16 years) on the streets at several priority housing estates in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh.
The project works with hard to reach young people with the aim of reducing the levels of anti-social behaviour in the area by providing them with positive, diversionary arts activities which address some of the issues affecting their lives. We also want them to have fun, be inspired and enjoy a range of art forms.
Street Arts sessions run on Thursday evenings from 4.45pm-7pm each week and involve staff going out to meet and work with young people on the street. Preparation before sessions and evaluation after each session also takes place each week) Sessions last approximately 20 minutes in each location and take place come rain or shine!
The staff team for the Street Arts Project includes the Project Co-ordinator and Project Youth Worker who support a core team of professional artists to deliver activities (usually one artist per session). Past sessions have included street and pop dance, visual art, music, poetry, beat boxing and creative writing.
Artists are required to submit a session plan in advance and attend a briefing before and an evaluation after each session. All members of the Street Arts team take part in appropriate Outreach working training and Child Protection training. Street Arts uniforms are provided for sessions.
Summary of Post
The Street Arts project has a strong youth work element to it with the Youth Worker working closely with the Project Co-ordinator to help with the smooth delivery of the creative activities programme. The youth worker will also support the delivery of creative youth consultation sessions with local young people as a means of developing the project further. WHALE Arts Creative Programme Manager will support the overall running of the Street Arts Project and will work in collaboration with the Project Co-ordinator and Youth Worker to develop areas of work that have been identified through the outreach sessions.
Main Activities and Key Responsibilities
Project Planning and Session Preparation
- Work closely with the Project Co-ordinator and WHALE Arts Creative Programme Manager to help develop the Street Arts programme on an ongoing basis
- Attend the staff briefing at the beginning of each session which relates directly to the session aims and objectives
- Update Street Arts social media with Project Co-ordinator and WHALE Arts Communications team.
- Support the Project Co-ordinator to deliver the programme of creative activities and consultation sessions
- Liaise with the Project Co-ordinator before each session regarding any relevant youth provision, education or training opportunities available to local young people at WHALE, in the local area and within the city wide in order to help sign post young people onto these programmes.
- Support the Project Co-ordinator to deliver the weekly programme of creative activities or youth consultation sessions
- Provide local young people with information and advice about local services they can access if and when young people disclose issues of concern
- Support the timetabled artist/tutor to deliver sessions
- Take the participant register and assist with statistical analysis of participations.
- Motivate, encourage and support young people to participate fully in the Street Art sessions
- Comply with Health and Safety procedures at all times on outreach sessions to keep everyone safe including artists and participants
- Ensure you have a good understanding and fully comply with WHALE’s Child Protection Policy and safeguarding procedures regarding documenting and reporting disclosures by participants
- Ensure you comply with WHALE Arts policy and procedures on documenting and reporting any incidents that take place on outreach sessions
- Promote WHALE’s Street Arts programme to young people of all ages and to members of the community whenever possible on sessions
- Document and observe sessions, recording information gathered using agreed tools, measures and indicators of success for project monitoring and evaluation of outcomes. Help document activities with the use of photography while maintaining the participants’ anonymity.
- Participate in discussions with the staff team and artist/tutor after each session as part of the debriefing process, to help identify the session outcomes, to highlight any issues that arose and any new areas of work
- Work as part of the staff team to complete the written evaluation forms after each session
- Take part in relevant professional development training including WHALE’s Outreach Staff Training and Child Protection Training sessions
- Attend Support and Supervision sessions as required.
The successful candidate will be subject to a PVG.
WHALE Arts Agency operates an equal opportunities employment policy.
Job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may, from time-to-time, be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
Ability to build rapport, engage and support children and young people
Ability to support young people with additional support needs
Ability communicate ideas, encourage participation and enable young people to learn new skills
Ability to work in a team
Effective time management
Ability to evaluate outcomes against expectations
Enthusiastic about arts programmes for young people
Ability to support young people with challenging behaviours
Experience of working with a range of children and young people, including those from disadvantaged areas, BME communities, those who have faced challenging life circumstances.
Experience of working with children and young people with disabilities and additional support needs.
Experience of supporting young people to engage in planning, developing and evaluating projects.
Experience of outreach/street work or a variety of community based projects.
Trained in youth work/community education
Knowledge of issues that affect young people living in areas of deprivation.
An awareness of youth services available to young people (locally/citywide)
An awareness of health & safety issues and risk assessments
An understanding of Equal Opportunities
An understanding of Child Protection issues and training in Child Protection.
An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check or PVG check (a new check will be arranged for the successful applicant)
Please submit a covering letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining how your experience and skills would make you suitable for the role.
CLOSING DATE Monday 24th February, interviews afternoon of Thursday March 5thStreet-Arts-Youth-worker-Job-Description-and-Person-specification