Youth Worker and Volunteer Leader

Fordhall Community Land Initiative

Market Drayton, Shropshire
£19,510 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01630638696 Wendy Murray

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

Closing date: Sunday, 4th August 2019  

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/further education by inspiring them and building their self-belief using the natural environment at Fordhall Farm.
  • To engage local people with Fordhall’s story and natural landscape through engaging, inclusive and enjoyable volunteer work parties.

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 as a result open up 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 complete and run will involve conservation 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.

You will organise, lead and develop outdoor volunteer opportunities at Fordhall, creating memorable experiences for all those involved, increasing the number of regular volunteers we receive and providing a safe and welcoming space for all participants.

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, with a strong understanding of safeguarding practices. 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 and an evidenced approach to managing challenging behaviour. You will also work discreetly and in confidence where appropriate.

You will have proven practical skills and a love for conservation. Flexibility is essential and you must be willing to undertake and have proven experience in practical activities in an outdoor environment using a wide range of hand tools. 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 and well-maintained at Fordhall Farm – evidence of the work of the youth project will be seen everywhere you look.
  • Items are made to sell – building the social enterprise element the project.
  • Young people achieve AQA Unit Awards in various skills
  • Young people are reconnected with school and/or move into employment further education where appropriate.
  • A regular group of engaged weekday volunteers and busy volunteer weekends, which are enjoyable and productive.

Key tasks

Youth Work

  • Plan and deliver the Youth Project on the days you are responsible, working with 2-3 young people on your own per session to achieve the above outcomes.
  • Act as an advocate for participants, developing their confidence, own interests and passions.
  • Assess the needs of young people, continually amending your strategy to match their needs.
  • Mentor, coach and support individuals to facilitate personal, social and educational growth.
  • Assist in the management and administration of the Youth Project and resources.
  • Complete and adhere to risk assessments for activities and sites.
  • 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 and Fordhall’s evaluation process.
  • 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.

Volunteers and Community Engagement

  • To organise and manage regular volunteer weekends (8 per year), plus every other Friday (or other suitable day as agreed by you) for groups of up to 20 adults.
  • To lead volunteers working outdoors, in conservation and maintenance work, developing their skills and ensuring their experience is safe, enjoyable, rewarding and educational.
  • To support development of the Fordhall volunteer strategy.
  • There is an expectation that where possible, you are available to cover holidays and occasional staff sickness on both our Care Farm, Youth Project or if appropriate with school visits. This will be paid in addition to your standard hours.
  • To prepare and set up seasonal farm trails and associated literature, suitable for families and other visitors to enhance their Fordhall experience (this can be delivered through your time on the youth project).


  • As a key member of our senior team you will participate in regular team meetings.
  • To undertake training courses as needed.
  • To continually assess your role to develop and improve it at every opportunity, to enable you to grow with the organisation
  • Continually increase your knowledge of rural issues, farm life and the important links between food, health and sustainability, so that this can be reflected in your dishes.
  • To work in a way that is aligned with the organisations values (attached to your contract).
  • To fulfil any other role that the organisation sees fit or is required to enable it to achieve its aims and objectives for the benefit of the community.

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

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