Youth Inclusion Mentor at NCS The Challenge

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Application Deadline
1st May 2019
Central London and City Greater London North West South East West Midlands Yorkshire and Humberside
Greater London, Maidstone, Reading (and wider Bucks & Berks), Epsom (and wider Surrey), Birmingham, Coventry, Warwickshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield
£1,472 - £1,880 per 14-18 day placement
Role May Involve
Charity/Non Profit Social Work

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“Working face to face with young people was a very intense environment to operate in, but was overall really rewarding and I felt I contributed to the long term development of my team's lives…” - Read full review

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Youth Inclusion Mentor

Motivate and empower a young person this summer, and enable them to have the experience of a lifetime. Flexible paid roles throughout June - September with NCS!

Join The Challenge, the UK’s largest provider of NCS, and assist and motivate a young person with additional support needs through our summer youth & community programme.

NCS (National Citizen Service) is a government-backed initiative with a mission to equip 15-17 year olds with the confidence, skills and support they need to make a real difference in their communities.

We strive for the NCS programme to be as inclusive as possible, providing additional support and resources to improve accessibility for young people with behavioural and/or emotional needs. We also work closely with schools, youth services and local authorities to engage young people from ‘Looked After’, Pupil Referral Unit, Youth Justice System, CAHMS and SENDCO backgrounds.

The Youth Inclusion Mentor works exclusively with a young person from one of the above backgrounds, quickly building trust and motivating them to fully integrate with their teams. They will conduct meetings with their young person before, during and after the NCS programme, ensuring that the young person is engaging with the NCS ethos and developing skills to take with them into the future.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Identifying, and finding solutions to, barriers prevents the young person from engaging with NCS.
  • Working collaboratively with the seasonal staff team to manage any challenging behaviour the young person may exhibit.
  • Ensuring that all support is provided in a way that empowers the young person and strengthens their resilience.

Person Specification

  • Extensive experience of working with people with a wide range of support needs.
  • Experience of working with young people who are looked after, involved with the youth justice system, have SEND or are receiving support from CAMHS.
  • Ability to manage and support challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to build a positive rapport with young people in a demanding environment.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Experience of working in a residential enivornment.

This partly residential role is perfect for a confident, compassionate and experienced motivator, with the ability to quickly build trust and rapport, and with extensive youth work and/or behaviour management experience. The young person you work with will need intensive 1:1 support, and you will be required to work long hours and take part in a night shift rota during the residential phases of the programme.

About NCS The Challenge

NCS allows young people to take part in outdoor activities, skill development and community volunteering. Last summer over 44,000 young people participated in our action packed three to four-week programme. 2019 is our most ambitious programme to date, and its lasting impact relies on the 4,500 seasonal staff members who will inspire their journey.

The Challenge is the UK's leading charity for building a more integrated society and the largest provider of NCS. Our mission is to design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others. We have jobs available in London, Surrey, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire, West Midlands, Manchester, Lancashire or Yorkshire

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