WAM Youth, Winchcombe
Published
May 20, 2021
Location
Winchcombe
Area
Stream
Youth  

Description

WAM Youth are looking for a trainee who is excited about:

  • practically demonstrating Jesus’ love for young people and modelling grace, especially to those who are vulnerable and marginalised
  • offering practical, spiritual, emotional and social support to young people in a semi-rural community
  • working collaboratively with volunteers and staff from churches and organisations within the local community to build relationships and bridges between different groups
  • pioneering new ministries and building on existing relationships to connect young people into Christian Community

Trainees are encouraged to work to their strengths, whilst also developing confidence and abilities in areas of youth work that are new to them.

The purpose of this shared placement is to

  • to support WAM's community youth work groups and sessions and activities & project to reopen the local youth centre (& also other areas of WAM if they wish)
  • to support WAM in developing it's connections with local churches, building relationships with young people in the church and wider community and bridging connections between them
  • to develop and practise skills that will help the trainee in any future work they undertake

Responsibilities may include:

  • supporting the delivery of WAM’s community youth groups
  • organising after school drop-in youth café sessions
  • contributing to assemblies and Christian worship in local primary schools
  • supporting the transition programme for new Year 7 students in the local secondary school
  • encouraging and supporting volunteers from local churches and the wider community to get involved in delivering youth activities
  • assisting in the delivery of lessons as part of WAM’s relationships and sex education programme in schools
  • assisting with fundraising events

It is anticipated that the details here may change during the course of the placement, depending on the priorities of WAM as well as the interests and developing skills of the trainee.

Trainees are supported through SWYM Cluster meetings each week, alongside a line manager within WAM Youth who will evaluate the impact of your work and help with planning, and a mentor from WAM to help your own personal and spiritual growth.

WAM Youth actively seeks and encourages applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds. More specifically, our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has indicated that our current staff & volunteer team under-represents minority ethnic groups and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from a BAME background.

Essential Criteria

  • A personal Christian faith, and a desire to live this out through youth work practice as well as joining in worship and study
  • Enthusiasm for working with young people and a willingness to invest in building relationships with them
  • A willingness to work inclusively and with sensitivity to different perspectives and views in all circumstances
  • Willing to learn to manage own time and workload (with support from line manager), and act on own initiative
  • Willingness to learn how to support and co-ordinate a team of volunteers
  • Good communication skills
  • Team player
  • Willingness to reflect on work done, and its impact, and to contribute towards future development of collaborative work between St Peter’s Church and WAM Youth
  • Willingness to work in a secondary school, engaging with students and staff in a professional manner

Preferred Criteria

  • Ability to drive (due to the rural location of the placement own transport is preferable)
  • Experience of managing own time and workload
  • Experience of co-ordinating the work of others
  • Experience of using reflective practice on their own work

Accommodation Details

TBC

Week Overview

Example weekly timetable (Morning/Afternoon/Evening):

Mondays - Cluster/Study/Off
Tuesdays - Off/Schools Work & After School Drop-in/Youth Group
Wednesdays - Assemblies & Admin/Meetings & After School Club/Off
Thursdays - Off/Schools Work & After School Drop-in/Youth Group
Fridays - Admin/Admin/After School Drop-in/Off
Saturdays - Off/Off/Off
Sundays - Off/Off/Youth Group

Only registered members can apply for placements.

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