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Minding the Gap service - Young People’s Worker post

Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: £23,000 per annum
Contract Duration: Fixed term until 31st March 2018, may be extended subject to funding
Number of Posts: One, employed by the Brandon Centre (26 Prince of Wales Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 3LG)

We are seeking a young person with exceptional personal skills and high motivation to be part of delivering a health and wellbeing service developed for 16-24 year olds in Camden.

The Brandon Centre is part of a unique partnership between leading providers and young people in Camden to provide a holistic, integrated service where young people can go for mental health support and practical advice, and also get help accessing other services. Managed by Catch22, the service includes a youth base for young people on the Finchley Road, co-designed with young people, and also two outreach teams of Young People’s Workers operating out of this youth base and in the community. This service is available for all young people in Camden, but particularly reaches out to vulnerable young people who do not readily engage with services.

As a Young People’s Worker, you will be supervised by a Team Lead from the NHS with expertise in mental health or social care. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Engage on a one-to-one basis with hard to reach young people, who are either referred to the service, drop in to The Hive or whom engage via our outreach work
  • Learn, as part of one-to-one conversations with young people, goals and outcomes desired by them. This can include issues around emotional health and wellbeing, substance misuse, sexual health, physical health, education and training, housing and other areas where the young person could need support to access services
  • Support the young people to work towards their goals by building a relationship that establishes trust so that they feel able to have conversations about issues of a more personal nature
  • Apply, as part of the ongoing relationship with the young person, techniques from a variety of therapeutic and youth work models which you will be upskilled in through in-house training. 
  • Keeping excellent records and liaising with other services

You will ideally be a young person from the local area, highly approachable and with the ability to relate to the challenges that young people are facing as they transition to adulthood. You will be able to work with diverse young people from different backgrounds, and will be confident working autonomously and responding to changing circumstances. You will also have:

  • NVQ level 2 in an area related to working with vulnerable young people, a BA or BSc degree preferably in a social studies subject, or other training relevant for working with vulnerable young people including training by experience
  • Work experience (paid or voluntary) with young people from under privileged backgrounds
  • Ability to apply knowledge from varied fields to challenge behaviour and address complex  needs of vulnerable young people
  • Excellent communication skills, with ability to handle issues with sensitivity

This is an amazing opportunity to develop your skills while making a difference to your younger peers at a crucial time in their lives, and to be part of one of the first truly integrated, youth-led delivery models.

If you require further information, please contact Geoffrey Baruch, Director of the Brandon Centre on 020 7267 4792.

To apply, please complete the Brandon Centre application form and return to (CVs will not be accepted).

Click here for a job description & person specification 

Closing date for applications: Midnight on Wednesday 2nd Aug 2017.

Provisional interview dates: 9th/10th Aug 2017

The Brandon Centre is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk of harm and expects all staff to share this commitment. We follow safer recruitment practices to protect children and adults at risk of harm. The successful candidate will be required to undertake a criminal record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB).

Nurse Prescriber

If you are a nurse prescriber and interested in working at the Brandon Centre, please contact Helen Montgomery on 020 7267 4792