About the role

Our Trans Pathway Project in the North West offers targeted housing support, emotional wellbeing support, peer support and youth engagement activities.  We support trans young people which includes non-binary, genderqueer and questioning young people aged 16-25 years old.  The team consists of the project manager, the Youth Engagement Worker, and a Floating Support Worker.

This role would be supporting the Youth Engagement Programme.  Predominantly this would be assisting the weekly trans youth group sessions.  However, there will also be opportunities to get involved with additional activities, events and opportunities. 

The weekly sessions cover a broad range of activities planned together with the young people who attend.   This includes life skills, creative activities, psychosocial education, social & political awareness, and projects.   The role of the youth engagement volunteer is to support these sessions, including welcoming young people when they arrive, supporting young people to engage in the activities, and helping with clearing up.  There will also be the option to lead on running activities.

In addition to the weekly group there will also be activities, events and opportunities for young people which volunteers can assist with, for example Pride events, theatre trips, etc.  These are more ad hoc and will depend on availability – they are not an expectation of the role. 

Suggested activities

  • Assist the Youth Engagement Team to engage trans young people in a programme of meaningful activities designed to promote wellbeing and support young people to meet their personal goals
  • Support young people to be meaningfully engaged in the co-creation of akt’s services and projects
  • Liaise with young people and Youth Engagement Team to support trips and events
  • Support young people to develop and create resources to provide advice, support and reassurance to trans young people on issues and topics that matter to them most
  • Co-facilitate groups and peer support sessions
  • Signpost and support young people to access external services

What you will gain

  • Experience of working with young people
  • Access to ongoing training and development opportunities
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and experience in delivering youth group activities
  • We can offer you a reference
  • Opportunity to be part of the akt team and social opportunities with other volunteers

Time commitment

The group runs for 2 hours in the evening each week.  Volunteers would be expected to arrive early and stay behind to pack up and debrief, which would add an extra 30-45mins. 

In addition, we provide supervision which would be an hour every 6-8 weeks, and volunteers are invited to attend planning meetings which are about an hour every 3 months.

Depending on availability there will also be opportunities to be involved in trips and events on an ad hoc basis.

Owing to the nature of the role we would require a commitment of at least 6 months.

Location

The weekly group takes place in Manchester City Centre. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

About you

Owing to the nature of the role and the young people who attend these sessions, we would love to recruit a volunteer who identifies as trans, non-binary or genderqueer, or a Person of Colour to this role.

Experience of youth work or group work is not essential, we’re looking for an enthusiasm and willingness to learn. We can offer you ‘on-the-job’ training so you feel confident in the role.

Most important is an understanding of the issues that trans communities and young people face.

Deadline

Please fill out an application by Tuesday 5th July

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