Our client is looking to recruit an experienced Child & Youth Mentor Co-ordinator to be based from their newly built youth and community centre in Nechells, Birmingham (once completed).
The successful applicant will be responsible for the management, coordination and development of a children’s support programme, including existing and new staff and volunteers. Delivering a holistic, wrap around support service for children and young people who have severe and often multiple difficulties and circumstances; and to support parents and other professionals in their role with the child
As a registered charity, our clients mission is to improve the lives of children and young people living in Nechells, Birmingham introducing them to new experiences and widening their horizons.
The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the delivery of a successful mentor programme.
Main Duties & Responsibilities
- To work with the youth manager and senior youth worker to identify, train, recruit and support volunteer mentors.
- To mentor the most vulnerable children and young people in Nechells and to support their parents and other professionals involved.
- To be responsible for the effective use of the assessment process and the implementation of individual daily support programmes for each young person.
- To make sure that all the young people are empowered to recognise their needs, aspirations, hopes and dreams and how to overcome/achieve them through the use of the assessment tool.
- To make sure that children and young people are engaged at all appropriate levels by the mentors, i.e. youth clubs, on the street, in the family, social gatherings, careers choices, police involvement, schools etc.
- Working alongside the rest of the team who are involved with a family where the young people need support and to make referrals to other family services within the organisation .
- Support the mentors to become ambassadors for the young people when they have specific needs, i.e. police, courts, employment, family issues, involvement within the community etc.
- Making sure the mentors are directing the young people towards informed educated decisions about the choices they must make.
- Making sure the project as a whole and the mentors are promoting positive alternatives to any anti-social or negative behaviour.
- Making sure that all staff and volunteers involved with this project are working within policies and procedures on equal opportunities in all aspects of service delivery, actively promoting services to meet the needs of disadvantaged and minority groups.
Consistently evaluate and monitor the project and its development writing reports where necessary.
Experience of coordinating a successful mentor programme
Experience of mentoring children and young people with challenging lifestyles and behaviour
- Qualification in Youth & Community work/mentoring
Broad knowledge of youth, family and community issues, particularly with regard to:
Young people from disadvantage communities
Working with young people aged 5 – 17
Working with other professionals/organisations
Working with young people with complex issues
Flexibility, early mornings, evenings, weekends, bank holidays and overnight stays may all be required
Full and clean driving licence, preferably with the ability to drive a minibus