News & Events

We are always doing fun and exciting things here at Caxton that we want to share with you. From fun days out to fundraising, there’s loads happening at CYO.

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New Vacancy at Caxton

Employment support youth worker

Job Title: Full-Time (37.5 hours) Employment support youth worker 

Location:  Westminster and Residential trips, different locations 

Reports to:  Head of Programmes

Responsible for: this role has no line-management responsibilities.

Salary: starting from £27k pa

Hours: 1-9pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings with flexibility on Tuesday and Thursday during term-time. This role will require you to work some weekends.

The Caxton Youth Organisation:

At Caxton, we work with 11–25-year-olds with learning disabilities resident in Westminster. There is nowhere quite like Caxton Youth, that’s what the young people we work with, and their families tell us, and we passionately believe it too.

The majority of our work is delivered at our dedicated Youth Club in south Westminster. Our youth work team focus on young people’s social & emotional wellbeing, independence, employability and health & personal care. All these topics are addressed during weekly youth club sessions which take place in the evenings, and young people are supported to attend thanks to our very own Caxton minibus which collects and drops participants home across the borough. During school holidays we make use of our fantastic outdoor base in Surrey or go on residential trips.

Purpose of the role: To lead the Employment support programme and deliver a menu of sessions and 1:1 support to develop their skills, understanding and practical experience of the workplace. See the attached job description for details.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Has a Youth Work qualification level 3 or above
  • Excellent written and communication skills at all levels.
  • Has a good understanding of different communication methods, including Makaton.
  • Advanced use of Microsoft packages.

Experience:

  • Experience of project delivery with young people
  • Experience of internal monitoring and evaluation of project outputs
  • Experience of reporting to funders (desirable)

Knowledge:

  • Has a comprehensive understanding of safeguarding and confidentiality.
  • A good understanding of issues surrounding young people with disabilities.
  • Has an in-depth knowledge of the communication needs of disabled young people, specifically those on the autistic spectrum.

Personal Attributes and Other Requirements:

  • Is able to work as part of a team and to use own initiative.
  • Is willing to travel and to work unsociable hours, including evenings and occasional weekends.
  • A highly motivated and energetic leader
  • Self-starter, able to use own initiative to show insight and manage complex situations and processes between people
  • Is dependable and professional.
  • The ability to remain calm when working under pressure.
  • Is willing to drive the minibus (Desirable)

Essential Safer Recruitment Criteria

Caxton Youth Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employer and the DBS.

Other information:

The time commitment is 37.5 hours per week. This will include evenings, the occasional weekend for trips on residentials. We also arrange 2 weeks of fun residential trips during the Easter and Summer holiday, where you’d be expected to stay overnight. All overnight stays are taken back in lieu, meaning the added benefit is you can take extra holidays or days off during the week. While sessions are at specific times, this role lends itself to flexible working.

When you are not required to be in a specific place for activities, we are flexible about working location.

Application Instructions

Applications must be sent to Jessie Frost by Sunday 13thNovember at midnight, this includes:
• A CV with salary information for your most recent post and two referees, one of whom should be your present or most recent employer. We will contact them after interview if you are successful.
• A letter no more than 2 pages which explain how you meet the requirements in the person specification.

Application details please email admin@caxtonyouth.org

 

New Internship Vacancy

Job Description

Youth Support Worker (Internship)

Location – Westminster (Tintern House, Abbots Manor Estate, Alderney Street, London, SW1V 4JF)

Responds to – Head of Programmes
This role has no line-management responsibilities

Salary – £23,303 (London Living Wage)

Days and hours

Full-time (37.5 hours a week)

Hours: 1-9pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings with flexibility on Tuesday and Thursday during term-time. This role will require you to work some weekends.

 Application Deadline – Friday 3rd February

 

The Youth Support Worker (Internship) role is a twelve-month paid Internship to begin during March 2023, supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation. You must be ready take up the post by 27 March 2023.

As part of this role, you will be part of the Jack Petchey Internship Programme with 30 other interns from different youth organisations in London and Essex. This development programme will involve you attending a launch conference, four professional development workshops through the year and a celebration event at the end of the programme. You will receive an extra training bursary of £1,000 for approved training. You will also be matched with a mentor from another organisation to support you in your professional development. The Jack Petchey Internship Programme training and events will take place in person in London and you will be expected to take full part in this programme alongside your role at Caxton Youth Organisation.

Caxton Youth Organisation:

Caxton Youth Organisation is a specialist youth club for learning disabled and autistic young people in Westminster aged 11 to 25. There is nowhere quite like Caxton Youth Club, that’s what the young people we work with, and their families tell us, and we passionately believe it too.

This year, Caxton will celebrate its 75th birthday, quite something for a small but mighty charity, and our longevity says so much about the importance of the services we provide to ensure young people with disabilities in Westminster are able to advance in their personal development, integrate into the community and lead independent and fulfilling lives wherever possible.

The majority of our work is delivered at our dedicated Youth Club in south Westminster. Our youth work team focus on young people’s social and emotional wellbeing, independence, employability and health & personal care. All these topics are addressed during weekly youth club sessions which take place in the evenings, and young people are supported to attend thanks to our very own Caxton minibus which collects and drops participants home across the borough. During school holidays we run trips, including residential trips, giving our members the opportunity to experience life outside London, and parents and caregivers some much needed respite.

Purpose of the role:

  • To provide innovative and exciting youth work to learning disabled and autistic young people aged 11-25 years old.
  • Working alongside Caxton Youth Organisation colleagues to support children and young people from the Westminster community to run our youth programmes.
  • Supporting young people through various stages of their lives. Main tasks:
  • To listen to, advise and support young people.
  • To contribute to the provision of a welcoming environment for young people, ensuring that premises are prepared, and cleaned up at the end of each session.
  • To ensure that the relevant communication tools are being used to support young people.
  • To assist on the minibus picking up/ dropping off young people with our senior youth worker when required.

    General requirements:

  • To contribute to the provision of a welcoming environment for young people, ensuring that premises are prepared, and cleaned up at the end of each session.
  • To provide for the social educational needs of young people with disabilities, through developmental youth work.
  • To ensure that no young person suffers discrimination in access to provision as a result of their gender, ethnic identity, sexuality, disability and/or social background.
  • To liaise with other workers and agencies in the area to create opportunities for Caxton’s members to achieve more.
  • To meet any administrative requirements of the senior management team.
  • To work within and according to Caxton Youth Organisation’s policies and procedures.
  • To encourage participation and promote responsibility among the membership.
  • To work in a supportive manner with the staff team, volunteers, and trainees.
  • To undertake training relevant to the post, as identified through supervision.
  • To support on a variety of activities so that we can successfully deliver Caxton’s youth programmes.
  • To support with the monitoring and evaluation of programmes when required.

 

 Caxton Youth Organisation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will consider all reasonable adjustments under the terms of the Equality Act (2010) to enable an applicant with a disability (as defined under the Act) to meet the requirements of the post. We encourage applicants from underrepresented groups.

Person Specification Preferential Selection Criteria

Experience

Experience working with young people Knowledge An understanding of issues surrounding young people with disabilities.

Knowledge  

  • An understanding of issues surrounding young people with disabilities. 

Skills and Abilities

  • Is willing to work towards a level 2 qualification in youth work or has similar qualifications e.g. coaching
  • Some experience and skills and a passion for working with young people
  • Good written and communication skills at all levels
  • Advanced use of Microsoft packages

Personal Attributes and other requirements 

  • Is able to work as a part of a team and to use own initiative
  • Is willing to travel and to work unsociable hours, including evenings and occassional weekends
  • Self-starter, able to use own initiative to show insight and manage complex situations and processes between people. 
  • Is dependable and professional
  • The ability to remain calm when working under pressure

Essential Safer Recruitment Criteria

1. A cleared Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at an enhanced level. This check is necessary as the work involves dealing with or having access to children and vulnerable adults whilst undertaking normal duties.

2. The candidate must be able to provide at least two relevant references prior to taking up the post.

Application Process:

Please return a completed application form to Eliane Edmond, Head of Programmes, by emailing eliane@caxtonyouth.org.