OnSide Youth Zones is a charity with one simple aim…to build a network of 21st Century Youth Clubs, giving young people, safe and inspiring places to go in their leisure time. Young people need our help now more than ever before. Whether it’s a lack of ambition or qualifications, or negative behaviour and attitudes, the current childhood crisis is real and well documented. OnSide Youth Zones are designed to give young people aged 8–19 years old (25 for those with a disability) somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to in their leisure time; occupying their bodies and minds with fun activities, learning new skills and socialising in a safe, positive way. Youth Zones are there for young people in deprived areas, where the alternative for many is spending their evenings on the streets or isolated in their bedrooms, surfing the internet.
The Senior Club Manager will work across all Youth Zone sessions and have lead responsibility for the Senior Club offer to 13-19 (up to 25 with a disability) year olds. It will take responsibility for ensuring there is a high-quality, creative and fun offer and provide young people with the best possible experiences and opportunities. You will have a passion to put young people first and be responsible for the continuous improvement of the delivery and inputting towards the strategic delivery plan for Legacy Youth Zone.
- To lead on the development, implementation and review of the of the senior club offer by:
- Coordinating input and ownership from the wider staff team and young people including the sport, arts, inclusion and enterprise coordinators, resulting in a diverse offer which responds to the needs and interests of young people
- To ensure that there is a clear path in place for young people to transition from the Junior Club to the Senior Club; by working closely with the Junior Club Lead to achieve this.
- Ensuring the programme is safe, creative, fun, challenging and contributes toward the development and growth of young people, in particular confidence, social skills, resilience, health and aspiration.
- Ensuring the programme is varied in nature, making full use of the Youth Zone’s facilities and the diverse skill set of the staff team, ensuring the offer includes the arts, sports, issue based work, enterprise, support advice and guidance and much more
- Ensuring regular review and evaluation of the programme including capturing the outcomes and positive impact, recording soft and hard outcomes,
- Presenting case studies and celebrating the achievements of young people
- Ensuring high reach and engagement across the senior club, achieving and exceeding KPI’s set by the Board, Chief Executive and Head of Youth Work including for example membership, attendance and representation.
- Have proven experience of working with young people aged 13 to 19 (25 with disabilities) in a range of settings, including open access youth work
- Be able to engage vulnerable, disengaged or hard to reach young people
- Have experience of managing a staff team including volunteers and experience of dealing with safeguarding issues within a multi-agency setting
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to young people and have the ability to engage and build positive relationships
- Be passionate about the aims and mission of OnSide Youth Zones, and Croydon.