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TPP Programme: Area Workers (2 posts) - Closing date for applications: 12 noon Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Job Background

The TPP Programme will be delivered by New Lodge Youth Centre, part of Ashton Community Trust, in partnership with Ardoyne Youth Club to cover the remit areas of Ardoyne and New Lodge. The TPP is a Programme administered and managed by the Education Authority and is funded by Department of Justice. The Programme is part of the Fresh Start Initiative.

This particular project will focus on work with young people aged 12 – 25 through a number of themes that are described in the job purpose below. The programme will target young people who are socially marginalised and at risk of engaging in dangerous or anti-social behaviour. The post aims to engage young people on the fringes, in doing this there will be a clear focus on outreach/detached youth work.

Job purpose:

The Area Youth Worker 2 will be responsible for the design and delivery of the TTP Programme working alongside the Area Youth Worker 2 based in the partnering the partner organisation.  They will also be responsible for managing part-time staff associated with the project within their location. 

The Area Worker 2 role will be to build relationships, over a sustained period of time, with young people who are considered to be at higher risk of involvement in risk taking behaviours and to deliver programmes that develop young people’s resilience and awareness of risk factors.  Research has shown that the risk factors are reduced for young people who are:

  • In school, employment or training,
  • Achieving in school, employment or training,
  • Positively engaged in their community,
  • Enjoying good mental and emotional health,
  • Not involved in risk-taking behaviours specifically around drink and drugs,
  • Not involved in anti-social behaviour or crime, and
  • Enjoying good relationships at home.

The role will include the facilitation of a range of youth work interventions such as group work facilitation, one-to-one mentoring and street-based youth work to engage young people and best meet their needs. 

Interventions and programmes will be aimed at promoting positive behaviours and increasing the young people’s sense of social connection, self-efficacy, personal responsibility and sense of lawfulness.

The post-holder will also be responsible for:

  • Working diligently in pursuance of professional youth work standards,
  • Attending all training and associated activities,
  • Adhering to Ashton Community Trust Policies and Procedures
  • Maintaining records and documentation pertaining to the programmes being facilitated and the young people targeted, and
  • Submitting reports and relevant paperwork on time;

The role will also involve engagement with a range of voluntary and statutory providers within the New Lodge and Ardoyne Areas to provide wider networks of support to the young people and respond to emerging community needs.

Status of the Job Description

This job description is not incorporated into the employee’s employment contract. It is intended as a guide and should not be viewed as an inflexible specification and it may be varied from time to time in the light of strategic developments following discussion with the post holder. The post holder will be expected to work to objectives agreed with the line manager.

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TPP Programme: Youth Support Worker - Closing date for applications: 12 noon Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Job Background

The TPP Programme will be delivered by New Lodge Youth Centre, part of Ashton Community Trust, in partnership with Ardoyne Youth Club to cover the remit areas of Ardoyne and New Lodge. The TPP is a Programme administered and managed by the Education Authority and is funded by Department of Justice. The Programme is part of the Fresh Start Initiative.

This particular project will focus on work with young people aged 12 – 25 through a number of themes that are described in the job purpose below. The programme will target young people who are socially marginalised and at risk of engaging in dangerous or anti-social behaviour. The post aims to engage young people on the fringes, in doing this there will be a clear focus on outreach/detached youth work.

Job purpose:

The Youth Support Worker will be responsible for supporting an Area Worker 2 in the design and delivery of the TTP Programme working alongside colleagues based in the partnering the partner organisation.

The Youth Support Worker will build relationships, over a sustained period of time, with young people who are considered to be at higher risk of involvement in risk taking behaviours and to deliver programmes that develop young people’s resilience and awareness of risk factors.  Research has shown that the risk factors are reduced for young people who are:

  • In school, employment or training,
  • Achieving in school, employment or training,
  • Positively engaged in their community,
  • Enjoying good mental and emotional health,
  • Not involved in risk-taking behaviours specifically around drink and drugs,
  • Not involved in anti-social behaviour or crime, and
  • Enjoying good relationships at home

The role will involve supporting the Area Worker 2 for the TPP Programme in facilitating a range of youth work interventions such as group work facilitation, one-to-one mentoring and street based youth work to engage young people and best meet their needs.

Interventions and programmes will be aimed at promoting positive behaviours and increasing the young people’s sense of social connection, self-efficacy, personal responsibility and sense of lawfulness.

The post-holder will also be responsible for:

  • Working diligently in pursuance of professional youth work standards,
  • Attending all training and associated activities,
  • Maintaining records and documentation pertaining to the programmes being facilitated and the young people targeted, and
  • Submitting reports and relevant paperwork on time;

The role will also involve engagement with a range of voluntary and statutory providers within the New Lodge and Ardoyne Areas to provide wider networks of support to the young people and respond to emerging community needs.

Status of the Job Description

This job description is not incorporated into the employee’s employment contract. It is intended as a guide and should not be viewed as an inflexible specification and it may be varied from time to time in the light of strategic developments following discussion with the post holder. The post holder will be expected to work to objectives agreed with the line manager.

For a Candiate Information Booklet click here.

Casual Assistant Youth Support Worker New Lodge Youth Centre / Breakthrough Programme - Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 25th June 2021

Job Background

Ashton Community Trust wishes to engage casual youth support workers to support the delivery the following programme for young people:

  • New Lodge Youth Centre –Assistant Youth Support Workers will support young people through facilitation of a wide range of youth work activities with children and young people from across the North Belfast area including mentoring support, group work facilitation, Youth Centre drop-in facilitation, residential based activity, outdoor activities, accredited training facilitation.
  • Breakthrough Programme – Assistant Youth Support Workers will support youth outreach mentors in the facilitation of programme activities with young people from across North Belfast, Shankill and Newtownabbey areas including group work facilitation, residential-based activity, outdoor activities, accredited training.

If successful you will be required to attend training as part of your induction to the organisation.

Job Duties:

  • To encourage a fun, positive, participative, youth-centred atmosphere
  • To ensure that young people play an active role in group and work towards a model of youth participation.
  • To communicate effectively and develop a rapport with young people (and their families).
  • Support young people in their understanding of risk and challenge and in taking action to address key issues in their lives.
  • To work directly with children and young people through the provision of programmes of activities that
  • Support their mental and emotional wellbeing and enable them to express and realise their goals
  • To support children and young people for whom there are barriers to learning/educational aspiration and attainment and school readiness or children presenting with behaviour difficulties
  • Implement Ashton Community Trust’s Child Protection Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy and work with young people to safeguard their welfare and the welfare of others.
  • To monitor and record participant’s attendance and development 
  • To enable young people to work effectively in groups.
  • Any other reasonable duties to support the delivery of programmes.

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Kinderkids Childcare Supervisor’s 2 posts Permanent - Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 2nd July 2021

Main purpose of Job

To assist Management in ensuring the smooth running of the childcare facility

Main Responsibilities

  1. To support each child by providing a stimulating and varied programme of play, in order to enhance each child’s abilities.
  2. To ensure the protection, safety and well-being of children at all times.
  3. To support and supervise staff on a day-to-day basis and carry out regular staff appraisals, supervisions and back to work interviews
  4. To integrate with other staff including management, in order to ensure a team working environment.
  5. To ensure co-ordination of the childcare unit in terms of administration,

Main Duties

  1. Assist Management in providing effective day-to-day running of the childcare unit
  2. Managing, leading and supervising a team of childcare staff, volunteers and trainees,
  3. Assist Management in the collection and accounting of monies.
  4. To listen to, encourage, enable, stimulate and ensure the well-being of children placed in the childcare unit.
  5. To prepare and fully set out the playroom before the children arrive and tidy it up after the children leave.
  6. In conjunction with the staff team, make systematic observations and assessments of each child’s individual needs within the group and plan daily to meet these needs.
  7. To keep up-to-date records as stipulated by social services and the requirements of the management of the group.
  8. In conjunction with Management, to contribute to the creation, maintenance and improvement of a child centred environment.
  9. To implement the standards laid down in the centre’s childcare policies and procedures.
  10. To assist management in promoting Equal Opportunities within the childcare facility.
  11. To work alongside parents/carers of special needs children to achieve full integration within the childcare facility.
  12. Undertake certain domestic duties within the childcare facility, i.e. preparation of snacks, cleansing of equipment.
  13. Work alongside Management and staff team to ensure that the philosophy behind the childcare facility is fulfilled.
  14. To keep strictly confidential any personal information regarding the children, their families or other staff, which is learnt as part of the job.  Such information should only be passed on in the interests of the individual and only to the Childcare Manager/Head of Childcare Services
  15. Undertake other duties, which may be requested from time to time by Management..
  16. To work within the Mission, Vision and values of Ashton Community Trust.
  17. Undertake any relevant training as considered necessary by management.  Training may take place outside of normal working hours

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Health and Wellbeing: Clinical Lead - Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 28th June 2021

JOB BACKGROUND

Bridge of Hope, a project within the Health and Wellbeing department of Ashton, is a service that supports individuals, families and communities affected by the conflict and poor levels of physical and emotional health. We do this through the delivery of complementary therapies, life coaching, counselling support for children, young people and adults, legacy and conflict analysis, as well as accredited training and personal development courses.

Bridge of Hope’s Mission statement is: –

To empower and promote positive change for victims and survivors through delivery of quality health and wellbeing services.”

Further information can be accessed on our websites – www.ashtoncentre.com www.thebridgeofhope.org

Main purpose of job: The Clinical Lead will oversee the delivery of therapeutic services within a multidisciplinary approach, to include: counselling, life coaching, health and wellbeing casework and complementary therapies. They will be responsible for the overall management, governance and safe delivery of all clinical services, ensuring professional and ethical excellence across all service platforms.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Direct, lead and manage the development and provision of therapeutic services through Bridge of Hope practitioner team, ensuring timely, effective and appropriate service provision.Line management of Senior Counsellor, Sessional Counsellors, Life Coaches and Health & Wellbeing Caseworkers to include supervision and appraisal reviews with the practitioners and support worker teams.
  2. To lead, support and work with other members of the Bridge of Hope team on day to day business to ensure the smooth running of the project.
  3. To undertake clinical assessments for referrals into statutory services.
  4. To carry out initial triage assessments of referrals made to the project to assess suitability for counselling and other needs based on clinical risk strategy.
  5. To maintain confidential, professional and appropriate records of all client contact.
  6. Monitor and keep under review external clinical supervision provision for both staff and practitioners.
  7. Undertake regular clinical audit functions to include monitoring of supervision, CPD, insurance and professional accreditation/membership for staff and sessional practitioners.
  8. Provide robust clinical governance by ensuring compliance with all aspects of GDPR, subject access request and document retention policies.
  9. Provide clinical support across the therapeutic services team to manage complex cases and risk management.
  10. Review, implement, monitor and disseminate on an ongoing basis best practice and risk management.
  11. Work collaboratively with the Head of Department to support and influence the development of service provision and to contribute to the achievement of organisational corporate objectives.
  12. Establish and maintain effective links with other community/voluntary/statutory service providers.
  13. Work in partnership with other members of the team as required to prepare funding bids and contract submissions.
  14. Ensure organisational policies, procedures and guidelines are adhered to, including taking responsibility for keeping relevant policies and protocols up to date.
  15. To oversee that all evaluation systems and processes such as CORENet and Measure Your Own Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) are completed fully by the practitioner team.
  16. Keep evaluation processes under review and implement any changes or processes that increase the robustness of measuring the impact of service delivery in consultation with the Head of Health & Wellbeing and/or Operations Manager.
  17. Assist with Bridge of Hope’s BACP organisational service accreditation and subsequent maintenance of same, ensuring that all quality assurance/monitoring procedures are fully completed including the submission of annual monitoring reports.
  18. To oversee and maintain adequate records of clinical work and provide appropriate statistical returns and to assist with the completion of reports where necessary.
  19. Review and approve correspondence to third party professionals.
  20. Prepare monthly reports for the Head of Health & Wellbeing and Operations Manager.
  21. To attend external clinical supervision on a monthly basis.
  22. To maintain personal membership with BACP or equivalent.
  23. To attend regular team meetings and line management.
  24. To maintain a professional attitude at all times towards clients, staff and all those in contact with Bridge of Hope/Ashton.

    This job description is not incorporated into the employee’s employment contract. It is intended as a guide and should not be viewed as an inflexible specification and it may be varied from time to time in the light of strategic developments following discussion with the post holder.

    The post holder will be expected to work to objectives agreed with the line manager.

    This post is subject to completion of an Enhanced Access NI check.

    For a Candiate Information Booklet click here.