Job Title: Young Carers Family Support Worker

Location: YMCA, Roath, Cardiff

Closing Date: 25/11/22

POST: Young Carers Family Support Worker

RESPONSIBLE TO: Young Carers Project Co-Ordinator

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week (to incl. evenings and weekends / flexible working pattern essential)

CONTRACT: Fixed Term until March 2023. Subject to continued Funding thereafter

SALARY: Starts £23,740 per year

 

ORGANISATIONAL AIMS:

1. To initiate, build and maintain purposeful relationships with young people

2. Encourage young people to broaden their horizons to be effective citizens

3. To support young people in their understanding of risk and challenge

4. Support young people to identify and achieve aims so that they may reach their full potential

 

OUR VALUES:

Because we CARE and have COMPASSION we want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Our aim is to EMPOWER and SUPPORT people.

We do this with RESPECT and EMPATHY, mindful of the EQUALITY of all.

 

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB:

  • Provide a support service to young carers and their families across Cardiff working in partnership with the Support 4 Families Team and other statutory and voluntary organisations
  • To build positive relationships with the young carers and their families to assess their needs andprovide direct support to young carers families through advocating on their behalf for the undertaking of care assessments/support plans, benefit checks, form filling, listening by ear service or by any other means that supports the needs of individual young carers families
  • To provide a varied programme of support to young carers families
  • To understand the needs, rights and responsibilities and aspirations of young carers families and make positive, non-judgmental relationships with them
  • As requested, work with schools to identify and support young carers, this may include assemblies, attending school events, help to raise awareness of young carers in schools
  • Use social media and new technology to ensure young carers feel connected and develop a web- presence to reach out to young people

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. To deliver services to young carers families that have been identified to be in need of additional low level support, working in partnership with the Support For Families Team within Cardiff Council

2. To develop a range of support services and programmes for families, this can include but is not limited to drop-in support, training programmes, family fun days and events and health and wellbeing sessions

3. Work with local and national partners to support young carer’s families to gain access to appropriate information and advice in relation to their needs

4. Work with project team to identify areas of unmet need and develop ideas

5. To maintain an online presence through our social media platforms

6. Liaise with a statutory and voluntary organisations to identify opportunities for partnership working

7. Publicise and promote the young carer’s project with all relevant agencies and organisations

8. Maintain up to date records of young people identified and supported using systems already developed by YMCA Cardiff

9. Conduct on-going evaluations of service using feedback from the young carer’s families and professionals

10. Provide progress reports and regular work plans for line manager, Board of Directors and funders as required

11. Promote equality and the valuing of diversity within the project

12. To have a good understanding of current issues and legislation affecting young carer’s and their families

13. Participate in regular team meetings with YMCA Cardiff Group staff and 1-2-1 supervisions with line manager, to attend Support For Families team meetings when appropriate

14. Have a collaborative and flexible approach to work

15. Undertake any other duties necessary to further the aims and objectives of the project

16. To promote the values and ethos of YMCA Cardiff and Cardiff Council

17. To carry out such duties as may be agreed between the Line Manager and the worker.

18. To carry out the responsibilities and duties of the post with full regard to all YMCA Cardiff Policies and Procedures.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

EDUCATION

Recognised JNC qualification in youth and community work or Health and Social Care qualification (or similar)

ESSENTIAL

Educated to Degree or Diploma level.

DESIRABLE

Award in Education and Training Level 3 (or similar)

DESIRABLE

KNOWLEDGE / EXPERIENCE

Experience working with young people in youth work settings

ESSENTIAL

Experience of working with young carers

DESIRABLE

Knowledge of All Wales Child Protection Procedures

ESSENTIAL

Knowledge of young carers issues and legislation

ESSENTIAL

Liaison with external agencies

DESIRABLE

Budgets / Finance

DESIRABLE

 

SKILLS

Administrative and IT skills.

ESSENTIAL

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

ESSENTIAL

Ability to prioritise and delegate/ Manage own workload and time/ time manage.

ESSENTIAL

Good negotiating skills

ESSENTIAL

Ability to make decisions

ESSENTIAL

 

ATTITUDE

Commitment to ensure effective service delivery to young carers and good practice standards.

ESSENTIAL

Flexibility and willingness to participate in out of hours work (evenings and weekends)

ESSENTIAL

Positive approach to change / innovation

ESSENTIAL

Commitment to co-operative working and able to work autonomously and as part of a team

ESSENTIAL

Professional approach to confidentiality, boundaries and anti-discriminatory practice.

ESSENTIAL

 

OTHER

Driver and own transport

ESSENTIAL

Be able to demonstrate our values of respect, empathy and equality in daily work

ESSENTIAL

Ability to speak Welsh

DESIRABLE

 

Benefits:

  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership
  • On-site parking
  • Private medical insurance
  • Store discount
  • Wellness programme

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability