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Youth & Community Organiser

Post/ job Title: Youth and Community Organiser

Location: Active Horizons, Community Hub, Erith.

Contract: Part time, 25 hours a week, one-year contract.

Hours: 25 hours a week, with flexibility around start and finishing times. Includes Evening and Occasional Saturdays.

Salary:  £15K per annum

Holiday: 25 days + Bank Holiday Christmas closure

Accountable to: Director

About Active Horizons

Active Horizons is an award winning youth organisation set up to support the needs of young people mainly from the Black minority and ethnic community. Based in Erith, London Borough of Bexley.

We are a growing, ambitious, and dynamic charity looking for someone to join us to move and shake things.

Key words

Youth engagement, Racism, Collaboration, Campaigning, Advocacy

 

About the Role

Funded by Orbit- The aim of the project is to address racism and hate crime in the communities and school, using a creative youth-led approach to promote and increase equality of opportunities.

The project outcomes include an increased understanding of racism and other hate crimes, including how to report them and challenge it. Train and develop young ambassadors through our leadership training. Build partnerships with local schools and organisations with the aim to address racism and inequalities. Working with our partners who include Little Fish Theatre and Orbit.

If you are a creative, bold, disciplined and fired up individual who believes in youth-led action for social change, then this is the perfect role for you.

  • Your responsibilities will build the capacity of young people through developing and delivering a new anti-racism programme within the community including schools.
  • You will take the lead on our campaigns, developing strategies.
  • Plan, deliver and organise weekly youth activities such as trainings and workshops. Be able to collate date and information that helps build up the projects aims.
  • You will address inequality, diversity, and inclusion, with the ability to inspire confidence in young people. Be able to understand youth work and community development principles, as a tool to achieve the aims.
  • You will engage with people who have lived experience of racism and discrimination.
  • With proven organisation, communication, and interpersonal skills you will have the ability to work independently and to deliver activity to agreed timeframes.
  • You will work with a range of stakeholders to achieve results and the ability to evaluate activities and demonstrate impact.
  • You will be a great communicator and able to articulate issues such as racism, on behalf of the young to audiences that might not have the awareness of issues that we work on.
  • working young people in groups, and research to ensure our approach is meaningful and then collaborate closely with partners.
  • Develop networks and partnerships to influence and build positive relationships, bringing people together.
  • Develop and market promotional material for the campaigns.
  • To work with local media to gain positive media coverage for issues relating to the experiences of young refugee and migrant communities

 

Diversity and Equal Opportunity

  • Ensure that regular communications –both verbal and written – with service users are in an accessible and appropriate format.
  • Work within a multi-disciplinary teams with partner organisations, to ensure the service is equally promoted and accessible to all.

 

General

  • Maintain accurate and appropriate records of all work undertaken with service users, and produce reports as needed
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across Active Horizons: cross-referring service users, taking part in team meetings, organisational development, and being involved in Active Horizons wide events
  • Work within Active Horizons’ policies and procedures, and support the project co coordinator to review and develop service-specific policies and procedures as needed
  • Attend regular supervision with the project co-ordinator, and be willing to undertake training and professional development as needed
  • Maintain an awareness of legal and policy changes and good practice, as they affect young people and volunteers.

 

Person Specification

  • Shares Active Horizons ethos & values.
  • You will have some experience of working/volunteering in a community organising or campaigning environment. Or have lived experience of racism or discrimination.
  • Be a good listener, able to build strong relationships and develop a strong strategic vision to make change happen.
  • You are also an excellent communicator, with good influencing and negotiating skills, who will be comfortable representing us to a range of external stakeholders.
  • Ability to research and interpret information and data relating to the causes and be able to use it to influence to decision makers.
  • A team player with a ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • You will be able to maintain the strictest confidence, especially when dealing with sensitive or confidential information.
  • You will possess excellent social skills and be able to effectively engage with key stakeholders such as Young people, community members, funders, and partners to ensure their co-operation to achieve the best possible outcome.
  • Experience of direct face to face work with refugee or migrant community organisations
  • Ability to organise and run group sessions with community members including, planning and presenting.
  • Effective policy engagement techniques for community groups at a local, regional and national level.
  • Ability to identify and encourage potential in others. Aptitude for building good rapport with young people.

We strongly advise you to research about the work of Active Horizons.

Safeguarding

You will be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, to respond proactively to any concerns.

Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). 

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2021.

Interview date: To Be Confirmed.

NB: Due to large numbers of applications we receive, we can not give feedback for unsuccessful applications.