Management, Youth Work, Administration/ Office Support

Youth Work Lead - Senior Club

  • Croydon
  • £20,000.00 - £28,000.00
  • 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.


As a Youth Work Lead you will take lead responsibility for the delivery of the youth work programme at Croydon Youth Zone, ensuring all young people accessing the Youth Zone have access to a fun, creative, active and developmental programme. You will provide direct line management, leadership and support to the youth work delivery team including paid staff and volunteers. As a lead member of the delivery team you will work across all Youth Zone sessions and will have lead responsibility for the Senior Club offer to 13-19 year olds (up to 25 with a disability) ensuring this is a high quality offer focused on the needs of young people and in line with Croydon Youth Zone’s aspirations to provide young people with the best possible experiences and opportunities. You will be responsible for the continuous improvement of the delivery and inputting towards the strategic delivery plan for Croydon Youth Zone.

Youth Zones are amazing places: accessible, vibrant, welcoming, fun and caring are just some of the words used by young people to describe their Youth Zone. Croydon Youth Zone, which is opening in July 2019 will be no different. Youth Zones are for young people aged 8 to 19, and up to 25 for young people with additional needs. Croydon Youth Zone is part of the growing OnSide network and is the third Youth Zone in London.


Croydon Youth Zone is centrally located, dedicated to young people making a bold statement about the importance of giving young people high quality places to go in their leisure time and has big ambitions to be a flagship for quality youth provision. Open 7 days a week, at weekends and during school holidays, the Youth Zone’s purpose is to help young people grow to be happy, healthy and successful adults. The state-of-the-art £6 million building will provide young people with access to a range of activities, all offering young people the opportunity to try new things, meet new friends and gain support from friendly, warm and positive staff and volunteers. The facilities include a 3G pitch, a gym, sports hall and recreation area, and dance, arts, music and media suites.


As a Youth Work Lead, you will 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
  • 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


You will lead the delivery team on sessions providing: 

  • Clear hands on leadership, role modelling and coaching to ensure high standards of delivery are maintained
  • Clear structure, planning and purpose to underpin every session with clear session briefs and debriefs
  • Leading on safeguarding and behaviour management during sessions to ensure Croydon Youth Zone a welcoming environment for all young people
  • To ensure compliance with safe working practices to ensure the safety of young people






Your responsibilities will also include:

  • To manage, induct, train, support and develop a team of full and part time youth workers and volunteers to contribute to the programme development and delivery working with the Volunteer and Training Manager supporting CPD and opportunities for accredited and recorded learning
  • To motivate, encourage and support young people to participate fully in sessions
  • To manage the Senior Club budget and other resources effectively to maximise the benefits to young people
  • To support the Youth Zone promotional and outreach plan working in the community both with partners and directly with young people
  • To work with the Youth Zone staff to identify opportunities and funding for additional opportunities and experiences for young people
  • To develop effective joint working with schools and other agencies to ensure a holistic approach in service delivery to young people including representing the Youth Zone at meetings with partner agencies
  • As a key holder, to take responsibility for the close-down and opening up of the Youth Zone as required
  • To support across the whole Youth Zone offer as required which takes place every evening, weekend and during school holidays and will occasionally include residential work
  • To deputise for the Head of Youth Work as required
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by senior management


You will take a lead role in ensuring the safeguarding of young people by:

  • Ensuring that you fully understand and implement all the roles and responsibilities in relation to Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Ensuring that staff and volunteers maintain safeguarding standards and contribute toward the safeguarding strategy at Croydon Youth Zone, specifically by ensuring safeguarding issues and themes facing young people are raised and addressed.
  • Attending and contributing towards safeguarding meetings and strategies procedures involving young people with which you are working



Croydon Youth Zone are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


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