Gyals Group & Duke of Edinburgh Lead

  • Part time
  • £23,000 pro-rata
  • Home Office (due to Covid, otherwise Edinburgh or Glasgow Office)
  • Closing 8th August 2021

  • Advertised from 22nd July 2021
  • 4/week, pro-rata (80%). 6 months (extension expected, dependent on funding). Starting as soon as possible.
  • The position will include all statutory holiday and sick pay benefits, as well as standard pension contributions.


Intercultural Youth Scotland

As the Gyals Group & DofE Lead, you will join a dynamic organisation with a fast-growing team combining activism, professionalism and a close connection with Black and people of colour (BPoC) young people.

Intercultural Youth Scotland (IYS) is rapidly becoming Scotland’s major voice for BPoC children and young people. Established two years ago as a small youth work organisation oriented towards BPoC youths, we have grown as a centre of support, creativity and activism for our community. Our team of over 25 staff members – almost all of us BPoC young people – aim to make IYS a community space, a source of support and a champion for all BPoC children and young people in Scotland.

We centre anti-racism and the experiences of BPoC young people in schools, at work and in personal lives through our Education, Restless Natives and Youth Work programmes. Our governmental and sectoral advocacy is an extension of these priorities, which focuses on upending the entrenched inequalities and structural exclusion that have cut BPoC young people out of decision-making that shapes our lives. When IYS join these spaces of decision-making, we are often the only people present directly engaged and connected into the lives of BPoC young people. Our growing presence in Scotland emanates from this unique position – as both an advocacy organisation and a community organisation.

Job Overview

The Gyals Group & DofE Lead is responsible for leading and delivering the IYS Gyals Group as well as our associated Duke of Edinburgh Award work, in groups inside and outside schools. They will work closely with the Youth Work Lead and Youth Work Practitioners within the youth work team to liaise with young people and organise activities for these groups. The Lead will be an integral part of the Youth Work team, collaborating and checking in with the rest of the team through weekly team meetings, providing updates on and shaping the future of the Gyals Group project, and benefitting from shared knowledge across the team.

Perks of this role:

  • Being with young people, learning their personalities, cultures, desires for the future, and helping them recognise their potential / discover their talents / work out how to find success in their desired field.
  • Hosting workshops by and for BPoC young people who have a passion for writing, dancing, music and a whole host of other talents.
  • Helping BPoC young people practice and then watching them perform at events, and sharing in their journeys and successes.
  • Curating and attending performance events with the young people. Supporting them with their art.
  • We’re looking for someone with…
  • Lived experience of racialisation; identifying as Black or a person of colour, and lived experience identifying as a woman or nonbinary person.
  • Knowledge and understanding of race and oppressive power structures, and the ability to discuss these with young people.
  • Understanding of youth work, including establishing safe spaces to support young people in group and one-to-one contexts.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, for supporting and guiding young people in their personal development and in participating in projects.
  • A well-organised individual who can lead and develop a project.
  • Availability and willingness to work after regular work hours at least once per week.
  • An ability to work collaboratively with colleagues within IYS and with partner organisations.

We value voluntary and paid experiences equally! We understand that people have experiences and skills that can’t be captured in formal job experience or qualifications – no matter what your experience level, if you think you’d be a good fit for the job then please apply. We want to see what you’ve got! (Training and professional development opportunities will be available to the successful applicant.)

We particularly encourage dark-skinned people, migrants, LGBT+ people and people who experience multiple marginalities to apply!

The post-holder will need to undergo a PVG check, which we will help you with.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Organising the Gyals Group project, including setting up the space, developing activities, sourcing workshop leaders, creating session plans, hosting sessions, organising logistics, contacting young people and registering participants.
  • Working with youth work colleagues, the communication team and other IYS teams to deliver the above.
  • Delivering and coordinating IYS’ Duke of Edinburgh Award work, including organising excursions, checking in with participants, and recording progress and outcomes.
  • Connecting with young people, providing one-to-one support and ensuring they have access to the services they need.
  • Ensuring that IYS youth work spaces are safe and supportive and accessible for BPoC girls and nonbinary young people.
  • Updating records of young people's contact details and updating records of potential artists, workshop leaders, mentors, volunteers, partnerships.
  • Uphold Intercultural Youth Scotland’s child protection duties, reporting concerns to the Child Protection Officer.

General Accountabilities

  1. This post is subject to an Enhanced criminal record disclosure check. This will be applied for through the relevant disclosure body depending on the geographic location of the role.
  2. Achieve the highest standards of safeguarding, whether through direct care provision or support activities to the children and young people who come into contact with our services, or by appropriately reporting concerns about any child or young person.
  3. To promote equality, inclusion, respect and fairness and where applicable to manage diversity in all areas of planning and service delivery, through an active involvement in implementing our equality and diversity policy.
  4. To commit to IYS’ core aim of ‘keeping the child at the center’, and to promote and incorporate IYS’ Participation Strategy as appropriate to your role.
  5. To be familiar with and comply with Health & Safety procedures and policy. In the event of any serious risk, take immediate action to reduce this risk and inform line management.
  6. IYS operates within a constantly changing environment and as such work priorities and targets may change. Management reserves the right to make reasonable changes to the job purpose and accountabilities.
  7. Such other duties that occasionally arise, which fall within the purpose of the post.
  8. To work cross functionally with other departments and countries to ensure that IYS’ values and strategic objectives are achieved and maintained.

Application notes

Applications to be emailed to [line manager]

Closing date: 23:59 on August 8th 2021

PLEASE NOTE: Interviews are scheduled to be held on Tuesday 10th August. If you are not available that day, please let us know a time that suits you via email or in your application.