Youth and Families Leader
Youth and Families Leader
- Do you want to empower young people to explore ideas, have fun and build relationships, and to support their families?
- Are you ready for a career that is both rewarding, varied and challenging to support young people in the community?
- Do you have a background in a Christian church, but are willing to work with young people and families without a faith or church affiliation?
- Are you willing to work some evenings and on weekends to meet the needs of young people?
- Are you a self-starter, and willing to inspire volunteers in local churches and beyond?
If you can answer yes to those questions, we encourage you to join our team. We are an active church in a village 6 miles from Oxford. We jointly run a Youth Group (Pulse) for 11–16-year-olds and wish to extend what we offer to them, to support their families, and build up the church’s work in this area of its mission.
Part-time (0.4 - 0.5fte), funded for three years in first instance
Salary Starting within Point 9-14 on JNC Youth & Community Worker Scale (20,865- £25,729 per annum, pro rata: 0.4fte = £8,346 - £10,292)
The job will involve leading, inspiring and encouraging outreach to young people and their families, enabling and empowering young people to explore ideas, have fun and build relationships. Beginning with the young people who come to the inter-church Youth Group Pulse (aged 11-16, where the leadership is shared with Wheatley Community Church) you will help us reach out to the growing number of young people, their friends and families who may have no church background, assess what support is needed, and provide it wherever possible, together with volunteer members of the Youth team.
The Pulse Youth Group meets in term time on Sunday evenings between 6.30 and 8.30pm. Week by week it alternates between providing games evenings and discussion evenings. Prior to COVID, over thirty young people were on the Pulse register and around 19 attended each Sunday evening. The aim for the Games evenings is to build relationships through board games and team games. The Discussion evenings take a range of topics of interest to this age group and use TEDtalks (and other similar material) to present and explore themes through dialogue. There are Trips Out and Film Nights once per term, and an annual worship service to which all churches in the village are invited through Wheatley Area Churches.
Your role will include:
- Developing and overseeing the URC’s commitment to the Pulse Youth Group, including building trusted networks between the young people and the leaders and with each other, through activities such as games, exploration of life and faith issues, study and worship events.
- Helping organise suitable opportunities for young people, encouraging them to attend conferences and camps, and suitable Christian festivals such as Greenbelt or Spring Harvest.
- Developing alternative (non-Sunday) activities (including mid-week worship where appropriate) and encouraging children, young people and their families to actively participate in these activities.
- Offering regular networking events to parents, who often find themselves unsupported when their children reach secondary school age and they no longer meet each other at the school gate.
- Liaising with the URC Synod’s Children and Youth Development Officer in developing programmes, and in providing development and training for Assistant Youth Leaders.
- Ensuring that the needs and concerns of young people and their families remain a priority in the church and encourage prayer and support.
- Working closely with our partners in Wheatley Community Church’s youth team with whom Pulse is co-led, to ensure that their activity augments rather than duplicates initiatives.
- Entitlement to 28 days (pro rata) of annual leave (inclusive of bank holidays).
- Progressive pay scale with annual pay rises on JNC Youth and Community Worker Scale
- Enrolment into the NEST Pension scheme.
- Enhanced DBS Check paid for by Wheatley URC
For further information, including arranging an informal conversation with the Project Team, please contact Phyllis Williams on 07941 479540.
An application pack can be accessed via the church website wheatleyurc.org.uk
Closing date for applications: June 30th 2021, 12 midday.
If you are sending your application electronically, please submit to email@example.com
Short-listing will be carried out thereafter and all applicants will be contacted following this.
Interviews are planned for Thursday 22nd July at Wheatley URC, Crown Square, Wheatley OX33 1UF
We hope to hold an informal games evening with the young people in Wheatley Recreation Ground at 7.00pm on the evening before the interviews (Wednesday 21st July) for you to meet the young people and volunteer leaders.
In accordance with the Equalities Act 2010 Part 1; Schedule 9, there is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder be a Christian. The post is also subject to an enhanced DBS check.