Are you an enthusiastic, self-driven individual and want to join a team committed to providing a professional service? If so, we are now recruiting for a Youth Worker

At YMCA St Helens, our five core values are:

Compassion in Action – Listening with empathy and acting generously, to be of service with kindness.

Nurturing Trust – Generating ways for mutual trust to grow and be shown.

Focus on Flourishing – Embracing learning in all its forms, growing our confidence, and seeing achievements – great and small – as steps towards success.

Glass Half Full – Playing to our strengths, building capabilities, and communicating clearly, the positive things we offer.

Creating Connection – Providing environments and moments in time that enables us to feel secure enough to move on.


Definition of the Role:

To provide one to one listening services focused on low level mental health to young people aged between 11 and 25.To support young people to access other youthwork activities ran as part of our Early Intervention Youth Hub, or other local partner agencies.


Purpose of the Role:

To support the listening service Manager to deliver a high quality, effective low-level mental health support service and Early Intervention Youth Hub, to young people aged between 11 and 25, which builds resilience and develops positive strategies to deal with their mental health and reduce the need for further intensive support in their future.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide 1 to 1 listening service to young people, observing all required welfare and safety procedures.
  2. To work with the Listening service Manager to plan and deliver designated project areas activities.
  3. Befriend and support individual young people in the various settings, assess their needs.
  4. Contribute to administering youth and community projects and resources as required.
  5. Work with Youth Hub team to plan and deliver designated project areas activities.

Additional Duties:

  • Work within the framework of the organisation’s ethos, policies and procedures including safeguarding and equal opportunities.
  • This job description is not intended to be either prescriptive or exhaustive; it is issued as a framework to outline the main areas of responsibility. It may be changed from time to time to meet changing circumstances.  It does not form part of your Contract of Employment.
  • To be aware of our organisational ethos and policies and to work within them.


Skills and Attributes:


  • Experience/qualifications in mental health areas of working with children and young people (aged 11-25)
  • Previous experience in youth work settings working with children and young people on mental health issues.
  • Very strong young people’s skill
  • very strong listening skills
  • Strong commitment to young people and an understanding of the factors affecting their lives, ability to effectively communicate.
  • Ability to work weekends, late afternoons, and evenings.
  • Ability to provide reliable support to young people in times of stress and act with integrity.
  • Patience, tolerance and flexibility,
  • An accepting and non-authoritarian approach.
  • Ability to respect, and work within the Christian ethos of the organisation.


  • Flexible approach to working, able to adapt to changing landscape.
  • Capacity to engage with people from various sectors, cultures and traditions.
  • Qualified in First Aid
  • Able to promote the Christian ethos of the organisation.



It is expected that all our employees understand that there may be aspects of their work that may be confidential and MUST NOT be discussed or disclosed to third parties.  A breach of confidentiality is gross misconduct and will result in appropriate disciplinary action.

Hours of work: 15 per week

Salary:  £9,711 per annum


Aims and Purposes of the YMCA




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