Nov 17, 2023

Community Youth Worker

£26,745 yearly
  • The Salvation Army Hadleigh Farm Estate
  • Hybrid (Hadleigh Farm Estate - Salvation Army, Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Benfleet, UK)
Full time Youth and Children

Job Description

One of the UK's most inspiring and best-known faith based organisations is looking for a passionate Community youth worker.

The Salvation Army Hadleigh Farm Estate  incorporates the Mission Team, Hadleigh Training Centre, Rare Breeds Centre, Tea Room, HUB visitor centre and a working commercial farm 

In total the Estate attracts in excess of 700,000 foot-fall per annum. The work carried out across Hadleigh Farm Estate reflects The Salvation Army's core Mission, "Love God, Love Others"

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Community Youth Engagement Worker (CYEW) to join our team here at The Salvation Army Hadleigh Farm Estate.  As a CYEW, you'll be responsible for creating, developing, and implementing a youth-based strategy in line with the Estate’s mission development plan and missional framework. You will set, organise and run community programmes aimed at young people aged between 11 and 25. Through these programmes, you'll help them to explore and understand their ideas, values and beliefs, building their confidence and life skills so that they can make a successful transition to adulthood.

The successful candidate will be JNC qualified, or equivalent in youth and community work with experience of developing, promoting, organising and delivering personal, social, sporting, spiritual and educational programmes with and for young people.  Be a committed and practising Christian as this post holds an Occupational requirement.

 You Will... 

  • Need to be a self-starter, keen networker and a strong communicator with the ability to reach a wide range of people
  • Need to be able to build effective working relationships, work as an individual contributor or as part of a wider team and be willing to work flexibly to ensure service delivery
  • Assess the needs of young people in the Castel Point area to correctly plan and deliver programmes related to areas such as (for example) health, wellbeing, fitness, smoking, drugs, gangs, violence, relationships and bullying
  • Set up and run arts-based activities, community/environmental projects, residential activities, outdoor education and sporting activities
  • Develop a relationship with young people based on respect and trust, ensuring they have a safe place to grow their identity and place in society
  • Offer and develop spaces for young people to explore Christian Faith and spirituality
  • Support young people in different settings, including detached work, mentoring, coaching and support individuals, encouraging greater social inclusion
  • Set targets for progression and regularly monitor and review the quality of our offering
  • Work in partnership with families and other key people in the young person's life, as well as with professionals from other organisations such as social care, local Salvation Army Corps, health service, police, education, youth offending teams and local authorities, in order to build a strong support network
  • Manage budgets, write reports and make formal presentations to funding bodies

You have…

  • Previous experience of working within a youth services environment with the ability to develop, plan, monitor and evaluate programmes, increase participation and work with external services/agencies
  • Good knowledge of relevant legislation and workplace safeguarding processes/policies
  • A relevant youth work qualification and/or equivalent practical experience Relevant experience and knowledge of youth work and ministry, to include a range of styles and models
  • Demonstrable skills in youth and community engagement including facilitating small groups of young people, mentoring and supporting young people/youth leaders and understanding the cultural pressures facing them
  • The ability to think and reflect theologically around mission
  • Ability to lead and influence people
  • Demonstrable good communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to convey processes and procedures to stakeholders in a clear, effective and professional manner
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to develop strong, successful, and collaborative working relationships both with internal colleagues and external service providers
  • Proven good experience of using Microsoft Office (Word/Excel) and Outlook to perform your 

You may have…

  • Experience of Salvation Army youth programmes and structures
  • Experience of mentoring programmes
  • Experience in coordinating activities, schedules and logistics

What we can offer....

  • A supportive, friendly and welcoming team
  • Amazing working environment
  • Employee assistance programme
  • 25 days annual leave (Pro rata for part time)
  • Pension scheme

The normal working pattern will be split between daytime working and evening working. There may also be a need to consider weekend provision should the need arise. Working environments may include schools, Hadleigh Farm Estate and detached. You will need a full driving licence and access to a vehicle.

To apply and to see a full job description please see Community Youth Worker ( if you have any questions you can email 

Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to offer this role to anyone who does not have a right to work in the UK.

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