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Job title: Lead Youth Worker (part time)

£28,000–35,000 per annum pro rata for 3.5 days/ week

Location: Carney’s Community centre at 30 Petworth St, Battersea, SW11 4QW. The post will also involve regular outreach and community based work.

Responsible to: CEO

Responsible for: Team of sessional youth workers and volunteers

Contract: Part time, 26.2 5 hours/ week. 3 year contract based on funding currently secured.

Application form: Download here  –  Carney’s Community application form

Benefits: Workplace pension in line with current legislation, 28 days annual leave including statutory public holidays, 3 month probationary period.


Carney’s Community’s services are targeted at disadvantaged young people aged 11 to 30 who come from deprived backgrounds in Wandsworth, Lambeth and the surrounding areas. Our aim is to reduce offending, re-offending and anti-social behaviour in the area, whilst improving social mobility and community cohesion. We aim to build the self-discipline, self-esteem, confidence and employability of young people to reduce offending and anti-social behaviour and enable disadvantaged young people to reach their full potential. We engage young people in positive and constructive activity (including boxing) whilst providing intensive, long-term and consistent one-to-one mentoring which offers unconditional support with empathy. Overall, we believe that by empowering young people through these activities, focusing on their strengths and learning from each other, they can improve their future opportunities, and the local community.

Our home is Carney’s Community Centre, which houses a boxing gym, youth club, music studio, bike workshop, kitchen, and our offices. We run our sessions here, and also support some older participants to organise new activities and businesses of their own.

Role Overview

As part of the Centre based team, you will be responsible for the management and supervision of a number of staff and volunteers and for the overall development of our Youth Work service. Many of our staff and volunteers are ex-participants who we are progressing onto paid work. You will support them to develop and deliver high quality work with young people, aged 11 to 30 years, through an agreed programme of work that facilitates participation. This will involve planning, delivering and evaluating a programme of youth work activities and projects in accordance with Carney’s Community policies and procedures.

Front-line youth work will be a crucial element of the role, supporting young people to engage in positive and constructive activities and creating opportunities for their personal, social and emotional development. You will be committed to ensuring that provision is accessible and relevant to the target group regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and social background.

A qualification in Youth Work is essential, as well as proven experience of both project-based youth work delivery and management of staff. The ability to empathise and mediate for young people is crucial. The appointed candidate will have a strong understanding of the barriers facing young people, the interplay between material disadvantage, vulnerability and social exclusion and be highly skilled in diplomacy, professional distance, demonstrating empathy, boundaries and sound judgement. They will also have a good understanding of the local area. This is a busy role where you have the ability to make a difference to young people’s lives. We’re looking for someone with the energy and enthusiasm to develop this work and engage the team to maximise our impact to the greatest number of young people.

Carney’s Community has a budget to fund this post for 3.5 days per week.  As the role involves fundraising as a core competency, if the successful applicant is able to fundraise additional money towards youth work and mentoring, there is an option to extend the hours.  Hours may also be extended subject to additional funding opportunities arising.

Carney’s Community is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants who meet the requirements of the role will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or marital status. Having said that, our community of participants is made up of over 50% black young people so we particularly encourage black applicants to apply for this role to help improve our representation on our management team to reflect the community we serve.

Job description

In this key role, the Lead Youth Worker will be required to:

Service Management

  • Run youth and community work at the Centre and in the community settings. These will include, for instance, supervising the youth work element of the boxing fitness sessions and drop in, holiday programmes, young volunteers and educational workshops
  • Liaise with youth work networks in Wandsworth (for example, Battersea Youth) and develop relationships with relevant youth-oriented agencies.
  • Partner with local organisations to provide opportunities for participants such as paid work, work experience, education &/or training opportunities.
  • Delivering and co-ordinating educational workshops for young people (either in house or using external organisations) in response to the needs identified by the young people.
  • Alongside partnerships, promote Carney’s Community in the community and on our online presence (we currently use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube) by contributing to our social media and producing regular updates for our newsletter list.
  • Work closely with management team of facilities manager, lead coach and lead key worker to assist a wraparound delivery and identification of young people needing extra support.
  • Support the delivery of coaching and bike maintenance sessions.
  • Support the development of social enterprises and projects that are participant led.
  • Monitoring and maintaining the budget relating to youth work and mentoring
  • Purchasing and maintenance of equipment, resources and supplies, within the budget constraints, as required.
  • Develop and maintain a user group committee consisting of core youth participants.
  • Lead on monitoring and evaluation for all youth work activities.
  • Be a Designated Safeguarding Lead for the organisation, handling reports and concerns around safeguarding incidents.

Staff Management

  • Manage and annually appraise a small team of sessional youth workers both paid and volunteer.
  • Development supervision of ex-participants who have moved into the role of youth worker.
  • Arrange induction for new youth work staff.
  • Complete monitoring and contact sheets and oversee staff completion of the same.
  • Signing and approving Youth work time sheets.

Other duties

  • Work flexibly across the service, assisting the Chief Executive Officer of Carney’s Community as commensurate and necessary.
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports, statistics and other information as required.
  • Participate in service training and undertake training relevant to the post, identified through line management and supervision.
  • Carry out all duties in accordance with the charity’s policies and procedures, including:
    • Working with IT and associated systems.
    • Complying with relevant health and safety legislation.
    • Maintaining confidentiality and observing data protection and associated guidelines.
    • Understanding and complying with our environmental policies.
    • Being committed to ensuring that provision is accessible and relevant to the target group regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and/or social background.
    • Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties and responsibilities within the overall function, commensurate with the grading and level of responsibilities of the post.

In the event that further funding is secured to increase the hours of the post, there would be an opportunity to increase the mentoring caseload, expand youth and community work and assist in any new contracted work secured.

Person Specification


  • Suitable recognised qualifications. Youth and Community Qualifications (minimum Level 2, Level 3 preferable) or equivalent qualification and/or a proven track record of successfully working with children and young adults including offenders or those at risk of offending or those deemed to be vulnerable.
  • Experience of management and providing support, direction and motivation to staff.
  • Contemporary appreciation and understanding of safeguarding issues, including practical experience.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent people skills. You will be a strong negotiator, able to set clear boundaries and ready to offer mediation in the event of any differences and disputes between individuals or groups.
  • Good working knowledge of IT systems, including MS Word, Excel and databases.
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills. The ability to work under pressure, with minimal supervision and to prioritise a varied (and sometimes conflicting) workload.
  • An ability to work unsupervised. A resourceful, pro-active approach with a high level of initiative. Capacity to analyse problems and identify solutions.
  • A confident and assertive personality, combined with an aptitude to carry out duties with good humour, tact and diplomacy.
  • A track record of being punctual and reliable. Proven ability to be compassionately present for young people with complex needs.
  • Evidenced flexibility and the dexterity to work as part of a team.
  • Able to manage challenging individuals and difficult situations, calmly and effectively.
  • Able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as required.
  • Clear commitment to the aims and objectives of Carney’s Community. 


  • Risk management and health and safety experience
  • Previous involvement with vulnerable, hard to reach and disadvantaged children and young adults.
  • Knowledge of both health and safety and first aid. (Training in current regulations and practice will be offered to the successful applicant).
  • Experience of setting up and maintaining computerised and manual administrative systems.

Terms and Conditions  

Hours: This is a part time post, 3.5 days per week. There will be some fixed hours and others are flexible to fit around the changing needs of the organisation. Fixed hours: Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-8:30pm and Thursday 4:30-8:30 plus flexible 12.5 hours for fortnightly management and team meetings, supervision and payroll.

Contract: This is a one-year contract subject to a three month probationary period.

Salary: £28,000 -35,000 per annum pro rata for 3.5 days/ week.

Pension: We will offer a workplace pension in line with the current legislation.

Annual Leave: 28 days including statutory public holidays pro rata for days worked.

This post is offered subject to an enhanced DBS check, references and right-to-work checks.


Application Process: Your application should be made using the form provided, please also include a covering letter. CVs will not be considered.


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Closing date: 18/02/22