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Young People's Support Worker (Casual)
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Young People's Support Worker 
Salary - £13.03 - £13.75 per hour | Based in Green Leas, Kingston & Beverley House, New Malden | Casual

There’s never been a better time to join Achieving for Children (AfC), we were awarded OUTSTANDING in our October 2019 Kingston Ofsted inspection.

If you have the skills that will enable us to continue to enhance our practice and improve outcomes for children further, we want to hear from you. We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who have the passion and the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives. By recognising and championing strengths we know we can make a real difference. It’s a genuine team effort in AfC. That’s why we want talented people, like you, to join us and help create a brighter future for children and families.

About the role
We are currently looking for individuals who relate well to young people and are passionate about  wanting to help them develop their independent living skills.

As a Casual Young People's Support Worker you will be responsible for supporting the young people living in our housing projects, which will include:
  • Supporting them to access benefits and education, training & employment
  • Housing Management tasks - e.g. rent collection and licence conditions adherence
  • Maintaining and updating client records
  • Helping to deliver life skills sessions e.g. cooking or budgeting
  • Health & Safety building checks and cleaning of the properties
We would expect this role to undertake all duties and interactions with employees, partner providers and customers fairly, without unlawful discrimination and with due regard to the AfCs Equality and Diversity in Employment and Service Delivery Policy.

About AfC
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. To find out more about us click here

About you
To be a Casual Young People's Support Worker for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of individuals
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of how to handle confidential information and deal with sensitive issues
  • Ability to deal with challenging behaviour and de-escalating volatile situations
About our benefits
When you join AfC you will have access to:
  • Positive and supportive working environments - We have a highly supportive working environment in which managers are challenging and supporting in equal measures
  • Positive work-life balance - Access to employee benefits and support forms part of our health and wellbeing offer
  • A competitive salary and access to LA pension scheme - Our salaries are benchmarked against other local authorities
  • A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app - Staff can enjoy a wide range of discounts on sports and leisure activities and everyday shopping through AfC My Place
  • Strong Management - A strong performance management culture, with an equally strong focus on practice learning is embedded across the organisation
  • A fantastic learning and development offer - A clearly set out and accessible learning and development pathway, offering an extensive range of training and learning opportunities is accessible for all. This includes funding for post qualifying courses
To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children click here

Find out more

If you would like more information about this role please see our role profile and job pack.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Paul Coates, Green Leas Operational Manager, on or 07763 578669 to request an informal discussion. 

Start dates
Achieving for Children have fixed start dates, candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.

To apply
Please apply online including a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria for this post detailing what skills, knowledge, experience and abilities you can bring to the role, as outlined in the role profile.    

(COVID-19) - information for job applicants

Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:
  • increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic·
  • the need to support more vigilant public health measures.
We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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