Youth Work

Recreational Area Lead Youth Worker

  • Croydon
  • £22,000.00
  • OnSide Youth
  • 35-40 hours per week


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.


To manage Legacy Youth Zone’s open access recreational area which is at the very centre of the Youth Zone, where every young person enters and spends time in at some point every visit! The role requires the creation of a space that is warm, welcoming, active and full of life and challenge. The post holder will be responsible for creating a lively, dynamic, creative and fun-loving environment for all young people.


  • Have experience of face to face activity delivery, working with children and young people (aged 11 plus) both in groups and individually
  • Experience of supporting young people who are disaffected, underachieving and / or have social / emotional barriers to participation, in an open access youth work environment
  • Be experienced in working in a team and alongside volunteers
  • Have the ability to develop good professional relationships with children, young people and adults, and be able to coach, encourage, motivate and provide reliable support to children and young people
  • 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.


This is truly a fantastic opportunity to be part of the brand-new team of the Youth Zone, helping to create a long-lasting legacy for young people in the area!


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