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Organisation: Cambridgeshire County Council   Hours: 22.50
Salary: £28,972 - £31,525   Working Pattern:Fixed Term
Location: Babbage House - Cambridge   Reference: 18110

Closing date:

27 June 2019 at midday
Youth Voice and Youth Engagement Partnership Coordinator
22.5 hour JNC Youth and Community Post, Professional Range - Skilled 19 - 22

If you have substantial experience of working with young people aged 11 – 19 years in a variety of formal and informal settings (including young people who have SEND or are from vulnerable/marginalised groups) and in the community and you are interested in the voice, opinions and potential they offer then this opportunity may be for you.

Do you believe that young people have a right to articulate their wants and needs and should be encouraged to be active citizens and make a positive contribution to community life?
Can you recognise the valuable contribution young people can make as service users, volunteers, commissioners and social activists?

The Youth Voice and Youth Engagement Partnership (YEP) Coordinator role will be to further develop, enable, coordinate and lead the work of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Youth Voice Strategy. By effectively contributing to the County’s Youth Offer you will ensure Young People across Cambridgeshire are actively engaged in service design, delivery and governance and the issues that affect them. Working within the established and developing structures of the Local Authority and the YEP you will lead on the continuous improvement of this work and ensure young people are able to inspect, report on and contribute to continuous service development. You will ensure young people receive the support they need to participate, ensuring representation of the full diversity of young people and those who may not otherwise have a voice. The role will work in partnership with third sector partners to enable an effective YEP across Cambridgeshire and to maximise potential, resource and opportunity. The YEP and other Youth Support Service initiatives will support both formal and informal interfaces / structures that allow young people to inform and influence services and participate in positive activities that support their development, learning and citizenship such as a Young Inspectors Scheme or Young Commissioners activities. The YEP will also support young people to engage in existing opportunities linked to Cambridgeshire’s Youth Offer, Volunteering, Social Action

You will take responsibility for the coordination of the 5 proposed District based Youth Advisory Boards (YABs) to ensure consistency and to ensure professionals across a range of public and local authority services are supported to engage pro-actively and to promote a culture of valuing and engaging with the contributions of young people. The emphasis will focus on services maintaining a positive and professional relationships with young people in their communities, developing their social mobility and aspirations and learning from young people. You will act as the key point of contact for our District Council colleagues and support Local Authority colleagues and wider partners to engage and work effectively with young people through our Youth Voice Strategy forum.

The YABs will also facilitate work with members and young people as their constituents, key decision makers, internal and external stakeholders and partner organisations through meetings, local and county wide events, face to face sessions in schools, youth groups and outreach in the community whilst developing and supporting youth consultations across geographic areas, council services and partner organisations ensuring the engagement and voice of young people is included in the design and delivery of strategies and services which affect them.

The successful applicant will be able to work independently and with autonomy, be effective and well organised, have excellent communication skills and be able to build meaningful and productive relationships that benefit and further develop opportunities for young people across Cambridgeshire. The post holder must be able to manage a budget and generate income through fundraising and grant applications.

This 22 hour JNC post requires flexible working which will include regular evening work with young people and the possibility of weekend and occasional overnight residential experiences. Applicants must have the ability to travel across Cambridgeshire.

Potential candidates are invited to discuss details of the post, its working pattern and the necessary requirements prior to applying for this position. If you would like to do this, please contact the County Youth and Community Manager Liz Morris on 01223 699603.

The interviews will take place on Wednesday 10th July from 4.00 pm at March Town Hall. There will be both an adult interview panel and a young people’s interview panel.


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