West Rhyl Young People`s Project

West Rhyl Young People’s Project
Job Description
Trans Youth & Community Development Worker –
£20,269 to £23,213 pro
qualifications and experience)
Reports to:
Project Manager – West Rhyl Young People’s Project
Accountable to:
Committee, Wrexham County Borough Council Project
Management Team
Viva LGBT Youth Team, Wrexham Trans Youth Support
Advisory Group, local schools & colleges, WCBC Youth
Service, CAMHS, LSB members, local Trans community
groups, parents and carers.
30 hours per week, this will include some weekend and
evening duties
Fixed term contract funded until 31st March 2016
Job Purpose
 In partnership with existing local/regional youth work providers, to
undertake Trans youth engagement work; including one to one support and
group work.
 To establish Trans specialist youth work spaces and activities which facilitate
self-exploration, self-expression and affirmation; nurturing positive
identities and promoting wellbeing and resilience.
 To contribute to the development and delivery of schools-based awareness
raising, equality & inclusion workshops in conjunction with Viva LGBT Youth
colleagues – to add breadth to existing programmes of work and to
increase their availability to more schools in the area.
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 To develop new and strengthen existing links with local community groups;
supporting them and enhancing their capacity through training and skills
 To establish a pool of knowledgeable and confident community activists to
engage in the advisory and scrutiny group/s, volunteer as peer and
community mentors and support the future sustainability of emerging
 To work in partnership with other agencies and local providers, to deliver
wrap-around support for Trans young people and their families; offering
multiple ‘entry points’ to the provision to ensure the young person can
access the appropriate type and level of support according to need,
personal circumstances and comfort levels.
 To work closely with families, parents and carers of Trans young people along with children of Trans parents - to establish a supportive peer
network or group – to offer mutual support and information exchange.
 To develop new and strengthen existing links with healthcare providers with
a particular emphasis on the emotional and mental wellbeing of Trans and
gender variant young people – bridging the gaps (including knowledge and
capacity) between schools-based counselling provision, Child & Adolescent
Mental Health Services and the Adult services.
 To engage with local mental health services to develop consistent
interventions spanning the periods of transition across age-restricted
services, where young [Trans and gender variant] people can often fall
through the gaps and can become particularly vulnerable. This will include
enhancing existing provision through training and upskilling service
 To work alongside stakeholders to plan, develop and seek resources for
interim counselling services to support Trans young people during the
period prior to Adult Mental Health Services becoming available to them.
 To undertake additional duties commensurate with this level of post.
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Vision & Context
A new addition to the Viva LGBT Youth provision for North Wales, the purpose
of Wrexham Trans Youth Support is to develop a citizen-led multi-agency
approach to tackling health inequalities faced by Trans and gender variant
young people. The project will focus on the Wrexham area, building upon an
emerging network of Trans community members and statutory and third sector
agencies – originally brought together during a 2014 conference on antihomophobic and transphobic bullying, funded through the Welsh Government
Regional Community Cohesion Co-ordinators and hosted by Wrexham County
Borough Council.
The project draws upon and enhances existing networks; engaging with Trans
young people and community members to establish new frameworks of
support and citizen involvement.
This project will provide a foundation for the long term engagement and
retention of Trans community leaders and activists. The skills, knowledge and
experience of the community will be key to the effectiveness of the scheme and
will be central to the information exchange and advisory elements of the
project; supporting the improvement of public services vital to the wellbeing of
Trans and gender variant young people (and the Trans community as whole).
Involvement of and ownership by Trans community members will ensure that
networks and practices established will become self-sustaining at the end of the
All staff are responsible for ensuring that equality of opportunity, in all its
dimensions, is actively addressed and that pro-active approaches are adopted
in all tasks undertaken in line with the charity’s Equal Opportunities policy.
Management & Accountability
The Wrexham Trans Youth & Community Worker is an employee of West Rhyl
Young People’s Project and managed by the charity’s Project Manager. Lines
of accountability are as follows:
The WRYPP Project Manager will provide day-to-day line management and
direction for the Trans Youth & Community Development Worker
Problems/concerns will be reported to the WRYPP Project Manager in the
first instance, discussed at the advisory group where necessary and
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escalated by the WRYPP Project Manager to the WCBC Community
Diversity Manager, as specified in the Partnership Agreement.
The Trans Youth & Community Development Worker will collate and
analyse monitoring and evaluation data to provide timely reports at agreed
intervals to the Project Manager, WRYPP Management Committee, the
WCBC Community Diversity Manager and to the funders.
The advisory group is responsible for providing guidance and direction to
the work; e.g. by information sharing, identifying potential partner
organisations/participants, providing oversight for training programmes etc.
The Youth & Community Development worker will present monthly update
reports at the advisory group meeting.
You will be expected to engage fully in regular supervision sessions with the
Project Manager, during which you will be required reflect on your own practice
and to assist in the identification your own training needs and in seeking out
opportunities for professional development. Regular team meetings and
supervision will provide opportunities for you to develop and maintain work
The project will be focused on Wrexham County Borough and you will be
required to work at various locations throughout the county. Hot desk
arrangements are in place in the WCBC offices at The Contact Centre, 16 Lord
Street, Wrexham LL11 1LG and at the Info Shop, Lambpit Street, Wrexham LL11
1AR. From time to time you will also be required to attend meetings and events
outside of the county. Travel costs will be met for necessary journeys
commenced from either of the hot desk locations.
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Supporting the Development of Service Provision
You are responsible for co-operating with and supporting the design, delivery,
monitoring and development of the project. This includes maintaining effective
records to meet the funder’s and the project’s needs. You are expected to
contribute to the evaluation of the project and assist with the ongoing research
and development of the service with co-workers and young people.
Administration, Finance and Policy
You will be instructed by and report to the Project Manager and Management
Committee of West Rhyl Young People’s Project who, in turn, will report to
WCBC and Public Health Wales. You will undertake day to day administration
(including record keeping and communication by phone and in writing);
necessary to ensure the smooth running of the programme of activities, services
and facilities.
You will ensure that in fulfilling the main tasks, the procedures and practices
adopted comply with the policies of West Rhyl Young People’s Project in
particular those regarding Health and Safety, Confidentiality, Child Protection,
Equality & Diversity and Finance. The post holder will be responsible for
ensuring that staff and young people are aware of their responsibilities in this
Terms and Conditions
1. The salary range for the position is between £20,269 and £23,213 pro rata.
2. The appointment is subject to satisfactory references, Disclosure & Barring
Service clearance and satisfactory completion of a six month probationary
3. The work will involve evening, weekend and out of term commitments; the
successful candidate being required to work 8 sessions per week (30 hours
a week) with a maximum 8 evening sessions a fortnight.
4. The annual leave entitlement is 30 days pro rata (35 days after 5 years
continuous employment), plus Bank Holidays (pro rata).
The appointment will be terminable on either side by giving one month’s notice
in writing. Except during the probationary period, when the appointment will
be terminable on either side by giving one week’s notice.
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Candidate Specification
Role Title: Trans Youth & Community Development Officer
Team: Viva LGBT Youth
Location: Wrexham County Borough
Salary: £20,269 - £23,213 pro rata
Hours: 30 hours per week
Term: Fixed until 31st March 2016 (funding dependent
Reports to: Project Manager – West Rhyl Young People’s Project
Education &
Educated to degree level in a relevant
subject or substantial relevant experience
Degree in Youth & Community Education,
Community Development, Social Work, teaching or a
similar discipline
Experience of supporting and working with
young people
Good knowledge and understanding of
equalities issues and the issues affecting
young people in general and Trans young
people in particular
Demonstrable experience of applying
safeguarding and child protection policies
and procedures and promoting the welfare
of children and young people
Knowledge of other support services for young
people in the area
Experience of involving young people in projects as
peer leaders and/or consulting with young people
Experience of carrying out research with people &
Experience of supporting staff and volunteers
Driving licence
Ability to communicate in Welsh
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Knowledge and understanding of local and
regional trans support networks and referral
pathways; including clinical referrals
Group work and facilitation experience
Experience of preparing and delivering
Experience of working collaboratively with
partner organisations to maximise the
impact of outcomes
Ability to record, store and analyse
information from a range of sources
Ability to use information to produce
detailed reports
Ability to prepare and deliver accurate and
cogent presentations to a wide range of
IT skills
Experience of monitoring progress and
evaluating outcomes
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Experience of designing, testing and using different
evaluation tools including questionnaires and
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Critical Personal Attributes
Highly organised with a commitment to effective planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of
Conscientious approach to meeting deadlines and delivery of work to meet the needs of young people
and other stakeholders
Ability to identify community skills and assets and use them to effect change
Ability to effectively record and properly manage sensitive information
Ability to articulately and confidently communicate with young people, colleagues and external
Ability to use tact and diplomacy when dealing with a range of stakeholders
Ability to build effective relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders
Ability to process, analyse, interpret and respond to data and information from a range of sources
Comfortable and able to work with difficult situations
Awareness and commitment to meaningful youth participation
Awareness of the issues which can affect young people’s lives in general and the lives of Trans young
people in particular
Ability to work in an empathetic young person centred way
Ability to prioritise issues relating to child protection and vulnerable adults work
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Ability to support young people and community members to identify their own skills and knowledge and
understand how to best use these to bring about change
Ability to work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends)
Commitment to individual rights, equality, and anti-discriminatory practice
Commitment to challenging discrimination and promoting inclusive practice
Ability to maintain robust professional boundaries with clients, children and young people
Can ensure that work is carried out in accordance with relevant legislation and policies, including (but not
limited to) health and safety, confidentiality, safeguarding, data protection and finance
Ability to contribute positively to the work of colleagues and the wider team
Ability to work remotely and use initiative
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