Youth Worker

Fordhall Community Land Initiative

Market Drayton, Shropshire
£11,706 pa based on 3 days/week

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 01630638696 Wendy Murray

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 31st March 2019  

Job Description

Objective of the job

To prevent young people at risk from being excluded from school, to re-engage them with education and support them into the workplace by inspiring them using the natural environment.

About the Role

Your role is to work with primarily school-aged young people who do not thrive in an academic environment. By working here at Fordhall with these young people you will change the lives of these individuals for the better. You will empower young people and give them new opportunities. Our support enables participants to make choices about their present and future options, regarding education, careers, and social situations.

By working with the same young people each week you will get to know them; you will gain their trust and you will work together to achieve practical tasks on the farm, whilst simultaneously building their confidence and self-belief. The activities that you develop and run will involve conservation work, community work, green woodwork and general farm maintenance.

You will liaise with the schools and establishments referring the young people, working with them to achieve the best results for each young person. You will also work closely with Growing Confidence partners to share skills and experience and to refer suitable participants to further their achievements.

During school holidays when not working directly on the Youth Project, you will deliver family and youth events.

Your days will be diverse and no two will ever be the same!

About You

You will need to be enthusiastic about enabling people and able to advocate on behalf of vulnerable people. Above all you will need to be passionate about helping young people fulfil their potential. You will have experience of working with challenging young people, demonstrating a supporting and nurturing approach. You will also work discreetly and in confidence where appropriate.

Flexibility is essential and you must be willing to undertake practical, purposeful activities in an outdoor environment in all weathers.

You will be able to motivate and inspire those around you. Above all, you should have a genuine interest in the aims and ambitions of the Fordhall Community Land Initiative.

Key results expected

  • Young people gain new skills, have increased knowledge of the natural environment and most importantly increased self-esteem and confidence.
  • Habitats, access and interpretation will be improved at Fordhall Farm and other key sites, including Shropshire Wildlife Trust reserves.
  • Young people achieve AQA Unit Awards in various skills
  • Young people are reconnected with school and/or move into employment post education where appropriate.

Key tasks

Youth Work

  • Plan and deliver the Youth Project, working with 2-3 young people per session to achieve the above outcomes.
  • Act as an advocate for participants, developing their own interests and passions.
  • Assist in the management and administration of the Youth Project and resources.
  • Assess the needs of young people, continually amending your strategy to match their needs.
  • Complete and adhere to risk assessments for activities and sites.
  • Mentor, coach and support individuals to facilitate personal, social and educational growth.
  • Plan and deliver youth events during school holidays
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding, health & safety and local policy.
  • Work with parents and referral organisations such as schools and children’s homes and provide daily sessional reports.
  • Identify and pursue sources of funding for projects to improve services and/or resources for young people at Fordhall Farm.
  • Provide regular updates and written reports on project progress for the partnership.
  • Evaluate the progress of participants in line with guidance from Our Bright Future.
  • Assist with promotion of the project through the press, organisation newsletter and social media posts.
  • Support the project partnership to ensure all activities are fully integrated.


  • Provide support for regular annual events at Fordhall including but not limited too, the annual Spring Fayre, the Bioblitz etc

For an informal discussion please call 01630 638696 and ask for Wendy Murray

To apply for this post complete the application form and return with a covering letter to: This can be downloaded from

Salary: £11706 per annum for 24hours/week + pension package

Hours: *3 days/week 

Pre-employment checks: This post will require a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

Contract: This is a fixed term contract, ending 31st March 2021.

Holidays: 28 working days per annum pro rata including normal public holidays

Pension: A pension package will be offered with The People’s Pension

Start Date: May 2019

Closing date: Midnight 31st March 2019

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: £11,706.00 /year

About the Growing Confidence Project

Growing Confidence is a 5 year programme of activities to engage young people aged 11-25 with their local environment. The current funding is set to end in March 2021 so we are looking to recruit a Youth Worker to help take the remainder of the project through to fruition and beyond, into its next set of funding. It will allow youngsters with environmental interest to progress to a level appropriate to their aspirations. In is one of a portfolio of projects supported under Big Lottery Fund’s Bright Green Futures programme run by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.

The aim of this programme is that young people of all abilities throughout Shropshire will be given the opportunity to sample environmental activities and progress to a level that suits their own needs and ambition. By doing this they will be given the confidence to create change in their local environment.

There are three complimentary delivery partners:

  • Fordhall Community Land Initiative
  • Shropshire Wildlife Trust (lead partner)
  • Field Studies Council (FSC)

Work with young people on the brink of exclusion from school or whose skills do not currently shine in the formal education setting

Will deliver John Muir Awards and will help to integrate environmental education into local schools;

Develop training courses for young people with a growing and serious interest in the environment

All activity will take place close to home, utilising the sites owned by partners and neighbourhood green spaces. Young people will help to design the detail of much of the activity and help steer the whole programme.

Social enterprise is a theme running throughout. Partners and young participants will be introduced to the idea of business that builds a stronger community. Young people wishing to start their own social businesses will be supported.

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