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YMCA West Kent Summer Youth Work Programme

Go to

http://www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/youthwork

for our exciting inclusive programme

Download the pdf direct from here

http://www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/documents/youthwork-v4c2018summerplan

Enjoy | Achieve | Explore

Our V4C youth work helps young people from age 8 to19 and ALSO age 8 to 25 for those with any disability or SEN

Vehicle 4 Change – V4C | ENGAGE | EQUIP | EMPOWER

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Emotional resilience

The news about universities dealing with student suicides is truly heartbreaking.

Client / patient / student / employee / volunteer confidentiality and privacy are always VERY important BUT surely the duty of care for SAFEGUARDING always trumps data protection legislation… yes even post GDPR.

If someone is vulnerable they deserve support… that’s a legitimate interest in anyone’s book.

Do come to our YMCA event in Tonbridge on Thursday 12 July at 6 for 6.30pm to find out more about how we make a difference in emotional resilience in West Kent – for example:

** talk2us our counselling service for ages 8 to 30+ talk2us@WestKentYMCA.org.uk

** Choosing emotional wellbeing – a programme our V4C youthwork@WestKentYMCA.org.uk team runs in schools for a whole class to think, discuss, plan and CHOOSE emotional wellbeing | ENGAGE | EQUIP | EMPOWER

** RECYCLE | rebuilding bikes | rebuilding lives – a programme that gives people a chance to build and own their own bike bikes@WestKentYMCA.org.uk

Find out more / get your invite

www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/celebrate or email friends@WestKentYMCA.org.uk

Rob

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Job adverts – Youth Worker

Job opportunity – Youth Worker – Part Time – Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells West Kent Area –

Competitive salary [+ pension + health]

Job Purpose:

  • to work with the Project manager to deliver the aims and outcomes of the V4C Project
  • to engage with local communities and young people to identify local needs and issues
  • to work across Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells, West Kent including various school holidays, evenings and weekend work when required
  • to work alongside other voluntary and statutory agencies in both centre and detached sessions to deliver information, advice and guidance to support young people
  • to work with young people from the project and from other YMCA projects to design and deliver local projects for the benefit of their communities
  • to help build bridges between young people, their communities and local agencies
  • to make referrals to other YMCA projects and other agencies as appropriate to meet a young person’s identified need
  • to promote the project and network with other agencies and community groups
  • to ensure all safeguarding, health & safety and other duties of care are met; including risk assessments and first aid

Driver training will be provided however a clean driving licence with two years driving experience is preferred

Person Specification:

Essential

  • Driver due to areas covered
  • a Christian or supportive of the Christian ethos of the YMCA movement
  • experience of working challenging young people
  • current knowledge of some of the issues affecting young people eg. Substance misuse, family breakdown, homelessness, mental health and learning difficulties / physical disabilities
  • Ability to work with and support young people with challenging behavioural issues
  • demonstrable ability and skills to support, mentor and develop young people
  • knowledge and experience of safeguarding – protection from abuse procedures
  • experience of using monitoring and evaluation systems
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • reliable with a flexible and patient attitude – calm in a crisis
  • flexible approach to working hours and occasional travel out of County
  • ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • good listener, gifted communicator who can empower young people
  • willing to engage in further training/learning and group/individual supervision
  • able to set and maintain professional boundaries within a small team
  • excellent role model for young people
  • willing to work outside in all weathers

Desirable

  • knowledge of training methods and provision
  • confident vehicle driver and minibus driver as specified above
  • experience of working with and supporting volunteers
  • excellent administrative and computing skills
  • experience and skills in community development work, social inclusion, consultation, youth empowerment and equality and diversity

www.westkentymca.org.uk/JOB

To request a full Job Description and Application Pack please contact – Karen Warner on 01892 542209 (24/7 voicemail) or email HR@westkentymca.org.uk or text YWS to 07941388852

Applications by CV will not be considered.

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Job advert – Head of Philanthropy

Head of Philanthropy

Job opportunity – Head of Philanthropy Full time [4-5 days a week, flexible hours] | Permanent role Based in Tonbridge TN9 1TB | Competitive salary [+ pension + health]

An exciting opportunity for a dynamic, capable, ‘hands-on’ Philanthropy Manager to join our small, talented team at YMCA West Kent.  In this vital role, you will lead in securing donations [£1k to £500k+] identifying and approaching Trusts and Foundations whilst building and cultivating excellent relationships with Corporate Partners and Major Donors.

You will:

  • show drive, influence and inspirational flair
  • share our passion for making a real difference for vulnerable young people in our community
  • play a strategic, developmental role in our growth by increasing our impact and sustainability
  • receive all the support and expert knowledge you need to be as successful as you can
  • enjoy opportunities to grow, learn, develop and try new things in an empowering organisation

We are seeking a tenacious, self-motivated person to:

  • diversify and deliver an improved fundraising strategy, including legacies and individual giving
  • steward relationships with our major donors to bring them closer to the charity to better understand their impact on clients and maximise the value they bring to YMCA West Kent
  • develop and nurture relationships with our Corporate Partners
  • deliver an enhanced Trusts and Foundation grants programme
  • support project managers, staff, volunteers and beneficiaries in specific fund raising and tenders

To increase the impact and sustainability of our work with young people you will bring your:

  • considerable expertise in managing and developing Corporate Partnerships, Major Donors, Legacies, Trust and Foundation grant support – being a catalyst for change
  • exceptional communication skills with an inspiring, engaging, positive, proactive style
  • excellent attention to detail and an engaging writing style
  • personable, engaging nature to secure and develop new opportunities
  • ability to collaborate with projects and clients and co-produce letters, bids, tenders and reports

We will offer you:

  • a friendly, team environment where you will feel valued by trustees, colleagues and clients
  • 28 days paid annual leave in addition to all UK bank holidays
  • excellent pension scheme
  • healthcare scheme and free confidential helpline
  • fantastic work/life balance including the opportunity for some flexible/home working
  • free parking and easy access by public transport

Closing Date – 21st June 2018

Interviews – w.c 2nd July 2018

Link to our website www.WedtKentYMCA.org.uk/job

See  http://www.westkentymca.org.uk/documents/jobs-jdfr

To request a full Job Description and Application Pack please contact – Karen Warner on 01892 542209 or email HR@westkentymca.org.uk or text HOP to 07941 388 852

Applications by CV will not be considered.

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Job advert – Head of Operations

Job opportunity – Head of Operations Full time [4-5 days a week, flexible hours] | Permanent role Based in Tonbridge TN9 1TB | Competitive salary [+ pension + health]

An exciting opportunity for a dynamic, capable, ‘hands-on’ Business Manager to join our small, talented team at YMCA West Kent.  In this vital new role, you will lead in securing homelessness / housing support contracts [c£300k – £2M+ pa] including collaboration with strategic partners, tender/contract readiness, tender preparation; mobilisation, contract management and managing outsourced services and sub-contractors.

You will:

  • show drive, influence, inspirational flair and clear business focus on excellent outcome delivery
  • share our passion for making a real difference for vulnerable young people in our community
  • play a strategic, developmental role in our growth by increasing our impact and sustainability
  • receive all the support and expert knowledge you need to be as successful as you can
  • enjoy opportunities to grow, learn, develop and try new things in an empowering organisation

 We are seeking a tenacious, self-motivated person to:

  • oversee the financial management and control of the charity and trading company
  • develop and deliver a collaborative / consortium approach to major tender opportunities
  • steward relationships with strategic partners and trusted consultants to achieve new contracts
  • develop and nurture excellent relationships with Commissioners
  • manage consultant / critical friend input to optimise delivery plans, financials and all tenders
  • support CEO, project managers, staff and other specialists in tender preparation / review

To increase the impact and sustainability of our work with young people you will bring your:

  • considerable expertise in managing and developing Corporate Partnerships, Relationships with commissioners, stakeholders, sub-contractors and holistic impact assessment systems
  • exceptional communication skills with an inspiring, engaging, positive, proactive style
  • excellent attention to detail and engaging management style being a catalyst for change
  • personable, engaging nature to ensure excellence in delivery, collaboration and reporting
  • ability to collaborate with projects and clients and co-produce tenders and reports

We will offer you:

  • a friendly, team environment where you will feel valued by trustees, colleagues and clients
  • 28 days paid annual leave in addition to all UK bank holidays
  • excellent pension scheme
  • healthcare scheme and free confidential helpline
  • fantastic work/life balance including the opportunity for some flexible/home working
  • free parking and easy access by public transport

Closing Date – 21st June 2018

Interviews – w.c 2nd July 2018

See  http://www.westkentymca.org.uk/documents/jobs-jdbm

http://www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/job.

To request a full Job Description and Application Pack please contact – Karen Warner on 01892 542209 or email HR@westkentymca.org.uk or text HOO to 07941 388 852

Applications by CV will not be considered.

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Paid adverts or not?

We’ve used Facebook ads very successfully in the past but feel it’s immoral to fund Facebook after their privacy breaches and Cambridge Analytic. #facebook #analytics #funding #Moral

What do you think?

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World Mental Health Day

So today is world mental health day. I’d like to take the chance to say 4 things – and then practice what I preach.      

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1. It’s vital that society and business take mental health issues seriously, positively and proactively. This isn’t just about being a good employer it’s also good business, increasing productivity, profit and growth       


2. It’s crucial we continue to challenge and overturn the stigma and negative language so often used about mental health & emotional wellbeing – particularly for children & young people. Please join the joint NHS & YMCA campaign #IAMWHOLE check out the video https://youtu.be/97gZiaApTq8 and join in at https://www.whole.org.uk     

3. It is an outrage that funding for mental health is as low as it is. Even increased funding allocations have not actually flowed into mental health services    

4. Last but not least it is critical that we are willing to talk about mental health & emotional wellbeing. We shouldn’t be put off talking with those (and there are SO MANY of us) who are suffering or have suffered from mental ill-health. You may worry you don’t know how to help – but if someone is dying to talk about how they feel you are going to help just by listening.  

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To practice what I preach I should say that I am signed off on part time working as a result of stress (and depression that is usually well controlled). This is a re-run of PTSD, stress and depression about 12 years ago during the time I transitioned after 28 years in the military to my role in the YMCA. I have previously gone public about those dark days in local media along with other veterans in the YMCA. I am pleased to say as an employer we really care about emotional wellbeing, with practical support for staff, volunteers and of course for our clients who face a huge number of challenges that can easily undermine their emotional wellbeing.  I wouldn’t wish my experiences on anyone but believe they have given me an insight when working with young people – particularly those intent on ending it all.  It really does help to talk.  

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 So if anything here affects or challenges or concerns you – yes talk to me or someone you trust. Don’t bottle it up.   Aged 8-30+ in West Kent Talk2Us@WestKentYMCA.org.uk  www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/counselling  

Rob

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YWCA #ItsTimeToTalkCLE – Diversity and Racism Solutions!

Thanks for sharing and inspiring… Great to see YWCA thriving in the USA. (Tragic the UK YWCA lost their way). As ever the best ideas are often quite simple and straight forward – and yes they can disrupt or IMPROVE the status quo. I guess brave women and men from all cultures are needed more than ever to push back against the worst policies coming out of Trump Towers?

Charity Ideas

Today I went to a YWCA event, #ItsTimeToTalkCLE, about diversity and racism. It was fascinating in our small groups to hear about personal experiences with prejudice, and it was truly enlightening.

YWCA Cleveland's #ItsTimeToTalkCLE at TriC 2017 The Reverend Joan Campbell and Jane Campbell with host Danielle Wiggins of WKYC, 2017 YWCA

One of my favorite things was the World Café, where we tackled racism in Cleveland and how to solve it, in one hour. What amazed me, was that this group of hundreds of people came together with hundreds of ideas, distilled into a few key areas and solutions for ways to solve the problems, in one hour through working together.

It reminded me of a few overarching things I have seen working with countless nonprofits over a couple decades:

  • Status Quo means… we should probably change that.  To me, the definition of Status Quo is, n. Latin: “We should probably change that.” The…

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Losing their religion: why Christian charities lose their ethos

Resistance & Renewal

warning strong currentIt cannot be disputed that Churches are very good at establishing social action projects.

In recent years this is illustrated by the high-profile rise of church-based Food Banks, Night Shelters, debt services and a whole range of street outreach.  Organisations like The Trussell Trust, Street Pastors and Christians Against Poverty have seen their work grow at an incredible rate.

But this is not just a recent phenomena.  Each of my last three employers all represent different aspects of the long tradition of Christian social activism.

In the late 1990s, I worked for five years for the youth homeless charity Centrepoint which was started by the late Rev Kenneth Leech. He was an Anglican priest who opened up his church, St Anne’s Soho, as a night shelter in 1969.

In 2002, I went to work for the Shaftesbury Society (now Livability), a large charity who ran a wide range of disability services and urban community work…

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Learning to disagree well on Europe

Reimagining Europe

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby

Around 1981 I was travelling down to Nigeria with colleagues from the oil company I worked for. It was a French company and I lived in Paris.

My colleagues were all French. One of them was far, far senior to me, the head of the shipping department, and as we travelled, we chatted.

There was a crisis in what was then called the European Community, with, I think, Mrs Thatcher strongly asserting the UK’s position. He turned to me and said “you British just don’t get it. Europe is about peace, not money.”

He went on to say how three generations of his family had lost people in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 and in the two world wars, always fighting the Germans. He himself had been in the Resistance during World War II. I listened with interest…

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