Job Title:                      Outdoor Play and Learning Youth Worker

Sessional Pool – £12.50 per hour – No fixed hours

Location:                     Back Garden, Possilpark, and as required

Responsible to:           Outdoor Play and Learning Manager, Project Manager and Board of Trustees

ABOUT THE POSTS

We are looking to add to our pool of sessional outdoor play and learning youth workers – Our session pool staff are called on to provide cover for core staff, or to support us facilitate additional weekend/school holiday play sessions.  There are no fixed hours – sessions will be offered as and when we have work available.

Our outdoor play projects are based in Possilpark. We deliver sessions in our Natural Play area at The Back Garden or through outreach sessions in community green spaces and trips/excursions.

Sessional youth work staff will deliver play alongside our core outdoor play team. (Term Time) Play sessions are after school or over the weekend. With an increase in daytime, evening, and weekend sessions over the school holidays.  Shifts vary between 3 -7 hours

Outdoor Play and learning is all about playing outdoors, but you will also find yourself involved in supporting children to cook and eat together at sessions, build fires, make dens, climb trees or use the nature around them to create art or design and build new playful structures. All post holders will be expected to respond interchangeably within roles while supporting each other to play to their strengths.

We are committed to taking positive action to create and maintain a diverse workforce which is representative of our local community. We would particularly welcome applications from suitably experienced Possilpark residents and the following under-represented candidate groups

  • Black and Minority Ethnic Youth workers
  • LGBTQI+ Youth workers

To Apply:  Please submit your CV plus a cover letter to mo@concretegarden.org.uk  explaining why you would like to work in our play team, and how your skills and experience make you a great candidate for this role 

This is a rolling recruitment – no closing date – applications can be submitted at any time. Selection will be via informal interview and practical play session (The children have a voice in who becomes a play worker)

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Duties: 

  • Be a trusted, caring, playful and positive adult role model
  • Be part of a team that creates and sustains a nurturing environment where all children can play freely, deeply and without sustained fear for their own safety
  • Be a welcoming, friendly, and reassuring presence for all visitors to site
  • Provide outdoor and/or online/virtual play opportunities all year round (on and off site)
  • Facilitate freely chosen and self-directed play opportunities
  • Encourage children to help plan and choose the kinds of activities that they would like to do enabling them to experiment and learn about themselves and the world around them while allowing them to experiment and take risks within the safety of the project
  • Encourage good behaviour and deal with any challenging behaviour in accordance with the projects policies and procedures
  • Encourage participation considering abilities, communication skills, and individual nature of children and young people
  • Always ensure non-discriminatory practices – in line with the Equal Opportunities policy
  • Planning, preparation and clearing up of activities/areas
  • Manage and maintain The Back Garden play area, ensuring health and safety of site and all those who use it.
  • To liaise with parents, carers, professionals, and partnership agencies
  • To support the development of youth leadership and volunteering
  • Be able to deliver first aid as and when required, or deal with other exceptional circumstances
  • To keep an on-going oversight for the well-being of all children visiting the site, and online during activities, upholding and reflecting the child protection policies, working and reporting any concerns, however small, to the child protection officer and filling out the appropriate forms
  • Ensure that everything that happens on site is in the best interests of the community of children on the playground. Be an advocate and champion for their needs, taking consistent and active steps to make sure the organisation is structured around them. Always be on the children’s side and represent their interests at a board level
  • Ensure no child is exposed or exposes themselves to an unacceptable level of risk, using dynamic risk assessment. Keep risk assessments up to date, be primarily responsible for upholding the organizations Risk and Safety policy. Work with whoever is leading on-site maintenance and development.
  • Participate in and support the planning, coordination an implementation of inductions, training sessions or information days for staff recruitment, play sessions, youth volunteering, play volunteering.

Administration/Procedures/ Support:

  • Contribute to the development of and actively ensure familiarity and adherence to the organisation’s procedures/policies, conduction regular reviews of policies and procedures in relation to play.
  • To work with the OPLM to identify funding strategies, including the submission of funding applications, and securing income in kind and generating income through play
  • Develop, lead and support the evaluation of the service by maintaining register of attendance, consent and contribute to weekly monitoring and evaluation records and evidence gathering (statistics, observations, images, questionnaires, videos etc as appropriate)
  • Keeping up to date with and acting in accordance with supporting special health or dietary needs of children on register
  • Implement and maintain robust and accurate financial management, cash handling,
  • Attendance and contribution to staff meetings and training sessions as required
  • Keeping a log of, and reporting any issues on sessions to your line manager
  • Committing to regular supervision to promote personal development, and reflect on accountability for work

Free Play

  • Ensure all activities, play or games allow Children the freedom to develop the play, activity or game in any direction they want.

Food/Cookery:

  • Plan menu options with the children, source food and plan the cooking sessions (including relevant risk assessments), cook the meal on site with the children when possible
  • Plan, prepare and record online cooking sessions, source and ensure delivery of ingredients   

Building/Woodworking

  • Support the children to build or create things using various tools, create new fun structures on site with the children, complete the relevant risk assessment for these activities
  • Support the children to learn about and contribute to maintenance of tools and equipment

Imaginative and creative play

  • Encouraging children to be able to imagine a different world through creative play, role play and freedom to bring the space to life with their imagination.
  • Developing their confidence through acting and performing their thoughts, ideas and feelings

PERSON SPECIFICATION

 EssentialDesirable
QualificationsYour attitude and experience are more important to us than your qualifications   We just need you to be able to demonstrate a passion for play/youth work – and referenceable experience of working with children and young people Basic first aid food hygiene [training can be arranged] Youth or Playwork qualification (gained or working towards) – e.g. SVQ2 in Playwork (or equivalent)        
Knowledge or ExperienceExperience of working with a wide range of children and ­young people (including areas like Possilpark)An understanding of the principles of play and the role of adultsAbility to teach and play lots of active and fun gamesAwareness of Child Protection guidelines and relevant legislation Excellent communication skills with children and adults Good team worker and able to use own initiativeAbility to work in partnership Awareness of dynamic risk benefit assessments Computing/IT skills and social media  Experience (paid or voluntary) in an organisation which works with vulnerable children.Understanding of monitoring and evaluation techniquesExperience of working with children with additional needs, disabilities, and challenging behaviourKnowledge of local areaExperience of consultation techniques with children Ability to advocate for children’s rights and promote participation in decision-making.Experience and working knowledge of gardening and growing  
Personal SkillsAdaptable to adapt to a varied workload Flexible approach to working hours Comfortable working outdoors in all weathers Be patient, tolerant and able to work in a team  Be organised and efficient as well as flexible in his/her approach Be able to work within the ethos of the employing organisation Be full of fun and sparkle 
OtherA willingness to work unsociable hours (evenings and weekends) 
 PVG clearance and committed to Safeguarding children