Youth and Play Workers

Youth First
Lewisham, London (Greater)
£19,525 p.a. pro rata (=£10.70 per hour)
01 Feb 2019
24 Feb 2019
Part Time
Contract Type

Youth First (YF) is the UK’s first employee and young person owned, not for profit, Mutual.  Formed from Lewisham’s Youth Service to sustain and grow youth provision, firstly for Lewisham Borough but which could, in the future, extend beyond these borders.

Youth First is driven by a mission to support and improve young people’s lives through positive activities, adventure play and the provision of safe spaces with the support of professional youth and play workers.

About the role

We are inviting applications from dynamic, forwarding thinking Youth and Play workers across our ten sites (5 youth centres and 5 adventure playgrounds) in the Lewisham borough.

We are specifically seeking those who see youth and playwork as a vocation and who share our passion for supporting young people to become successful and resilient adults.  This role is for those that understand the wide ranging challenges facing young people and can flexibly adjust their practice to actively and demonstrably meet these needs. 

About you

  • Experience of direct work with young people, their families in formal and informal settings i.e. one to one, group work, outreach and detached work is essential to the role
  • Educated to Level 2 or above qualification in Youth and Community work or equivalent in teaching or coaching along with substantial experience of working directly with young people
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to plan, deliver and evaluate structured programmes of activities with young people organising including accredited programmes.

For you

Youth First will give you the opportunity to advance your skills. We can offer you flexibility and agile working as well as an excellent pension package, occupational sick pay subject to service, competitive salary plus 26 days holiday per year (excluding bank holidays) – pro rata for part time employees.  We have a committed management team, who are there for continuous support. We also recognise and reward high performance, and salary progression will be based on individual performance.

Visit the Youth First website,

For full details on the role please see the application pack on our website or supporting documents below.

To apply:

Please download and complete an application form from the Supporting Documents section below and email to

Closing date: 23.59 on Sunday, 24 February, 2019

Interview Dates: week commencing 18 March, 2019

Please note, we only accept completed application forms or CVs with a covering letter addressing the shortlisting criteria in the Person Specification.

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