Youth & Play Worker

Youth First
Various locations across Lewisham Borough
£22561 - £23842 pro-rata
Closing date
9 Jul 2022

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Contract Type
Part Time
Youth work
Charity / Voluntary sector

Youth First are recruiting!!

Following a number of successful funding bids, we are pleased to be able to offer a number of fixed term contracts for up to two years.  Do you have the skill, drive and enthusiasm to help us support the youth of a vibrant community?  If so, do not hesitate to apply.


  1. Facilitate an informal education/youth work and/or play curriculum for your allocated communities to support young people “where they are at” to positively impact them as judged against YF’s theory of change
  1. Use innovative, safe, popular, fun and outcome focused activities that appeal to local young people and support their achievement of outcomes - defined in Youth First’s theory of change. These should utilise and take best advantage of the space and equipment specific to sites including indoors and outdoors sports and play activities. Where beneficial this should include virtual delivery.
  1. Ensure robust early identification (intervention) and prevention strategies that ensure young people’s needs are picked up as early as possible in accordance with Youth First safeguarding procedures. 
  1. To support with early help including referral of young people into Youth First’s own 121 provision.
  1. Ensure sites are welcoming, safe and comfortable environments and are compliant with relevant legislative requirements including Health and Safety, Child protection, Data Protection and Equalities Act 2010. Liaising with and planning relevant support services where required.
  1. Lead service users’ involvement in designing and shaping services and ensuring the championing of young people’s voice. Including the facilitation of local youth forums and parent’s forums at each unit and use these to ensure service delivery reflects local needs.
  1. Support the management, supervision and support to peer motivators and volunteers
  1. Assist fund raising and income generation activities
  1. Be able to work during anti-social hours (evenings) and week-ends on a regular basis as and when necessary.



  1. Represent Youth First on local area forums, residents and neighbourhood forums and other community and council forums as required
  1. Assist in, monitor and report on the performance of the unit using MIS data systems, reports and Youth first quality assurance procedures and use information to inform program planning.
  1. Assist in ensuring effective financial control and reporting, including the maintenance and development of Youth First’s finance policies and procedures.
  1. Undertake outreach work in order to promote participation especially by marginalised and/or disengaged young people within a locality. Using available data to recognise and target ‘missing’ groups.
  1. Assist with and effectively promote sites to young people, residents, parents, potential customers, funders and partners. Using a wide variety of online and offline forms of communication, Community engagement and outreach.
  1. Assist in identifying your own and others’ developmental needs and take part in or source training to address these.
  1. Assist in taking part in recruitment, development and retention of staff across Youth First as requested.
  1. Support the security, cleanliness and safety of premises and equipment and maintain regular checks to ensure staff and participants are safe.
  1. Undertake other responsibilities commensurate with post and responsibilities.
  1. Work a flexible pattern including evenings and weekends in line with the role/team requirements. 

You will be employed to work for a set number of hours per week, which will be usually be worked between Monday and Saturday from 3pm and could include evenings up to 9.30pm.  Exact details of your initial working pattern will be provided to you by your manager before you start work and will be agreed according to service demands.  The staff rota may be changed by Youth First from time to time, in consultation with you, if it considers that the service needs require this.


To apply, please complete an application form or submit a CV with a covering letter demonstrating to us how you meet our shortlisting criteria (see attached job description for details) and email to


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