Youth Community Support Agency
Youth Community Support Agency

Charity registered in Scotland SC026233

Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA) is an agency which provides counselling, drug & alcohol advice, training & development courses and literacy & numeracy development specifically for young people from an ethnic minority background. We aim to improve access to mainstream services and so improve the quality of life for young people.

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Empowering Black and Ethnic Minority Young People. Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA) is a Scottish Charity that has been providing opportunities and support for Black and Ethnic Minority Young People across Glasgow for the past 25 years.

The project will support and empower young BME people and their families to reduce waste through upcycling, recycling and reduction in food waste; become more energy efficient, increase use of sustainable transport options and become aware of climate change issues and how they can help save the planet and inspire others to do likewise.

The Programme Lead will have the responsibility of providing strategic direction for the programme, with responsibilities for accurately reporting to funders in addition to monitoring and evaluation of the programme. The Programme Lead will be responsible for managing a small team, made up of a YCSA Mending Our Planet Development Worker, sessional staff and volunteers. The Programme Lead will work closely with the YCSA Manager to seek appropriate funding for the continuation of YCSA Mending Our Planet and to link the work of YCSA Mending Our Planet with the development of YCSA’s strategic direction.

Responsibilities

  • To develop and oversee the strategy for the delivery of YCSA, Mending Our Planet programmes and workshops
  • To manage the workloads of the YCSA, Mending Our Planet team members, provide support and supervision
  • To ensure staff and volunteers receive training on climate change issues and the skills required to deliver the programme
  • To set up effective monitoring and evaluation systems on an individual, project and programme level.
  • To plan, timetable and manage the delivery of the climate change classes

Experience

  • at least two years’ experience of community development with BME organisations, and organisational development with small community organisations
  • Proven experience in developing and delivering Climate Change related initiatives, with particular emphasis on Upcycling
  • at least two years’ experience of staff management and supervision
  • proven experience of organising and delivering training, seminars and workshops to individuals community groups
  • proven experience of work in partnership with voluntary and statutory organisations.

Skills

  • excellent analytical skills
  • excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • ability to work constructively with people from a wide range of backgrounds and organisations
  • ability to establish effective working relationships, based on mutual respect and clear communication
  • excellent report writing skills
  • ability to think and plan strategically
  • ability to use proficiently standard office software, including word – processing, data bases and spreadsheets

Knowledge

  • understanding of the experience of black and ethnic minorities in the UK
  • in-depth knowledge of Climate Change issues and community based initiatives to change behaviour
  • knowledge of community consultation methodologies, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Understanding of child protection and data protection legislation

Personal qualities

  • ability to motivate and support staff and volunteers
  • ability to work on own initiative, identifying new opportunities and methods of working
  • constructive approach to partnership working
  • commitment to the values of the YCSA
  • a good standard of written and spoken English
  • an ability to converse in a commonly used minority language is desirable
  • an understanding of and commitment to Equal Opportunities and valuing diversity, and the ability to translate this into action.
  • Willingness to work unsocial hours occasionally with time off in lieu

A Disclosure Scotland PVG check for working with children will be a requirement for this post.

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Art or Play Therapist (Healthy Young Minds)

  • Part time
  • £30,000 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 19th March 2020

Empowering Black and Ethnic Minority Young People. Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA) is a Scottish Charity that has been providing opportunities and support for Black and Ethnic Minority Young People across Glasgow for the past 25 years.

Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA) provides holistic support through a variety of services to ensure young people aged 10 - 25 from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds have effective support to help them overcome barriers and reach positive destinations. This post sits within the new YCSA Healthy Young Minds Project, alongside a Counsellor, developing mental wellbeing and resilience among BME young people aged 11-16 (P.7 – S.4) in the Govanhill and Pollokshields areas of Glasgow. Support will also be provided to parents/carers of the young people.

Summary of Job Purpose

The Art or Play Therapist will:

  • Provide a safe and effective1:1 and small group therapeutic service to BME young people aged 11-16 (P.7 – S.4) in the Govanhill and Pollokshields areas of Glasgow and/or their parents/carers.
  • Contribute to groupwork to develop resilience and mental wellbeing for young people e.g. regarding transition from Primary to Secondary schools
  • Liaise with other therapeutic services in schools and with school staff around promoting mental wellbeing in schools
  • Ensure the delivery of best practice throughout the YCSA Healthy Young Minds Project.
  • Contribute to effective performance management within the service and contribute to service development.

Essential Criteria: PVG Scheme: The role requires the successful applicant to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (Disclosure of convictions) if not already a member. The post is subject to the Scheme Record being accessed prior to the post commencing and will be funded by YCSA.

Qualifications/Documentation

  • Recognised Art or Play Therapy qualification
  • Registration relevant professional body

Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 2 years experience of providing Art or Play Therapy, to include experience of working with children/young people
  • Experience of providing appropriate interventions and support to young persons during times of crisis
  • Experience of child protection issues and the assessment of risk
  • Understanding of issues impacting on diverse ethnic minority groups in Scotland especially young people
  • Experience of networking and partnership working with a range of agencies
  • Up to date knowledge of best practice, research and legislation in relation to Art/Play Therapy and young people
  • A youth-centred approach and understanding of young people’s rights and best interests

Personal Skills

  • Good verbal communication skills and ability to communicate appropriately with a range of people
  • Excellent listening skills
  • The ability to reflect on best practice and articulate recommendations with clarity
  • The ability to work independently and as part of team
  • Good organizational skills in relation to coordinating work involving others
  • Good time management skills including the ability to prioritise tasks and see tasks through to a timely completion
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office computer packages, email and internet
  • Ability to write in a range of registers including report writing
  • Ability to maintain accurate records

Values and attitudes

  • A non-judgmental outlook with the ability to handle difficult situations with sensitivity
  • Understanding of the importance of confidentiality and personal boundaries
  • Willing to take direction from other staff/ manager
  • Must display and embrace values of Respect, Equality, Anti-discrimination, Diversity, Dignity, Inclusivity, Openness

Funded by Comic Relief until 2025

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Development Worker (Mending Our Planet)

  • Full time
  • £24,670
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 19th March 2020

Empowering Black and Ethnic Minority Young People. Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA) is a Scottish Charity that has been providing opportunities and support for Black and Ethnic Minority Young People across Glasgow for the past 25 years.

The project will support and empower young BME people and their families to reduce waste through upcycling, recycling and reduction in food waste; become more energy efficient, increase use of sustainable transport options and become aware of climate change issues and how they can help save the planet and inspire others to do likewise.

The Development Worker will lead on the implementation of specific programmes under the direction of the Programme Lead working with and supporting sessional staff and volunteers.

Responsibilities

  • To develop positive relationships with the young people using the service and develop opportunities for young people which focus on their learning, and personal development
  • To support and run the delivery of the upcycling classes, repair and mend and swap shop sessions, to reduce waste going to landfill and unnecessary purchases.
  • To support and run the delivery of climate change classes, demonstrations and workshops
  • To support and run the delivery of walking and cycling groups, and awareness of public transport links encouraging use of sustainable transport
  • To contribute to the programme of events and public workshops aimed at raising awareness of climate change issues
  • To assist with the publicity strategy to ensure the Programme is widely known among relevant sections of the community
  • To develop positive relationships with the young people and develop opportunities for young people which focus on their learning, and personal development
  • Empower young people to identify barriers and overcome them through finding positive alternatives

Experience

  • Experience of undertaking youthwork with diverse ethnic minority groups
  • Experience in developing and delivering Climate Change related initiatives, with particular emphasis on Upcycling
  • Experience of planning and delivering projects and initiatives to individuals and community groups
  • Experience of work in partnership with voluntary and statutory organisations.
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluating services, and their impact on individuals through a variety of methods and an understanding of evaluation concepts and terminology
  • Excellent understanding of confidentiality and professional boundaries

Skills

  • excellent analytical skills
  • excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • ability to work constructively with people from a wide range of backgrounds and organisations
  • ability to establish effective working relationships, based on mutual respect and clear communication
  • excellent report writing skills
  • ability to think and plan strategically
  • ability to use proficiently standard office software, including word – processing, data bases and spreadsheets

Knowledge

  • understanding of the experience of black and ethnic minorities in the UK
  • knowledge of Climate Change issues and community based initiatives to change behaviour
  • knowledge of community consultation methodologies, data analysis, and reporting.
  • understanding of child protection and data protection legislation

Personal qualities

  • ability to motivate and support sessional staff and volunteers
  • ability to work on own initiative, identifying new opportunities and methods of working
  • constructive approach to partnership working
  • commitment to the values of the YCSA
  • a good standard of written and spoken English
  • an ability to converse in a commonly used minority language is desirable
  • an understanding of and commitment to Equal Opportunities and valuing diversity, and the ability to translate this into action.
  • Willingness to work unsocial hours occasionally with time off in lieu

A Disclosure Scotland PVG check for working with children will be a requirement for this post

Funded by Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund until March 2022

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YCSA Young People Looking Forward Programme Lead

  • Full time
  • £26,989
  • YCSA Office at 48 Darnley Street, Glasgow, G41 2SE
  • Closing 23rd November 2020

Young People Looking Forward programme.

YCSA Young People Look Forward is a new project designed to work with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) young people aged 14 -18 most impacted by lockdown, cancellation of exams, and disruption to their education. It is aimed to give them back hope for the future, increase confidence, widen their choices, develop soft skills needed for employability, and help prepare them for positive destinations in life beyond school.

YCSA Young People Look Forward will provide two main workstreams:

a) Groupwork programmes around employability and activity groups to develop confidence and soft skill.

b) Mentoring primarily carried out by volunteers from BME backgrounds who can provide young people with role models and help them widen their perspective on future possibilities.

The Programme Lead will be an experienced youth worker with experience of developing and managing projects. The Programme Lead will have the responsibility of providing strategic direction for the programme, with responsibilities for accurately reporting to funders in addition to monitoring and evaluation of the programme. The Programme Lead will be responsible for managing a small team, made up of sessional staff and volunteers. The Programme Lead will work closely with the YCSA Manager to seek appropriate funding for the development and continuation of the programme and to link the work with the development of YCSA’s strategic direction.

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YCSA Safe, Happy and Confident Programme Lead

  • Full time
  • £26,989
  • YCSA Office at 48 Darnley Street, Glasgow, G41 2SE
  • Closing 23rd November 2020

The Programme Lead is responsible for the management, development and delivery of the Safe, Happy and Confident programme funded by Comic Relief with KFC for two years.

Safe, Happy and Confident will work with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) young people including refugees/asylum seekers, aged 16-25, experiencing homelessness or insecure housing and with BME young offenders/ ex-offenders / those at risk of offending.

The aim is to provide a safe nurturing space and supports that can enable young people to develop and achieve their potential, reaching positive destinations such as a stable home, college or employment.

Group activities will help overcome isolation, build skills and confidence and promote health and wellbeing - to include: music, photography, film, fun English language learning, in accordance with the young people’s needs/interests.

Young people will receive 1:1 mentoring and coaching support as and when needed. Practical supports will include accompanying young people to appointments as required e.g. to homeless services.

The Programme Lead will have the responsibility of providing strategic direction for the programme, with responsibilities for accurately reporting to funders in addition to monitoring and evaluation of the programme. The Programme Lead will be responsible for managing a small team, made up of a Development Worker, sessional staff and volunteers. The team will deliver intensive one to one support and group programmes. The Programme Lead will work closely with the YCSA Manager to seek appropriate funding for the development and continuation of the programme and to link the work with the development of YCSA’s strategic direction.

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YCSA Safe, Happy and Confident Development Worker

  • Full time
  • £24,670
  • YCSA Office at 48 Darnley Street, Glasgow, G41 2SE
  • Closing 23rd November 2020

The Safe, Happy and Confident programme is funded by Comic Relief with KFC for two years. This role aligns with a further second opportunity which will soon become available 3 days per week, working with 12 -28 year olds until end August.

Safe, Happy and Confident will work with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) young people including refugees/asylum seekers, aged 16-25, experiencing homelessness or insecure housing and with BME young offenders/ ex-offenders / those at risk of offending.

The aim is to provide a safe nurturing space and supports that can enable young people to develop and achieve their potential, reaching positive destinations such as a stable home, college or employment.

Group activities will help overcome isolation, build skills and confidence and promote health and wellbeing - to include: music, photography, film, fun English language learning, in accordance with the young people’s needs/interests.

Young people will receive 1:1 mentoring and coaching support as and when needed. Practical supports will include accompanying young people to appointments as required e.g. to homeless services.

The role of the Development Worker is to support and empower young people from BME backgrounds to become active and valued members of society. To develop and deliver a high quality service which provides groupwork activities and 1:1 individual, person-centred support empowering young people to overcome disadvantage and reach positive destinations. To ensure service outputs are delivered effectively and outcomes achieved.

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