Connect Family Resource Centre: Project Worker, Footsteps Project

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Job Title: 1 Full Time Project Worker, Footsteps Project
171 Moneymore, Drogheda, County Louth
Contract Type: 2 Year contract
Responsible To: Coordinator of Connect FRC & Steering Group Committee
Hours: 35 hours per week
Annual Leave: 25 days per year (pro-rated)

About Family Resource Centres

The aim of the FRC programme is to combat disadvantage and improve the functioning of the family unit. FRC’s operate autonomously working inclusively with individuals, families, communities, and both statutory and non-statutory agencies. FRCs are an integral part of the Child and Family Agency's Local Area Pathways model and act as a first step to community participation and social inclusion. The programme emphasises involving local communities in tackling the problems they face, and creating successful partnerships between voluntary and statutory agencies at community level.
A central feature of the FRC programme is the involvement of local people in identifying needs and developing needs-led responses. FRCs involve people from marginalised groups and areas of disadvantage on their voluntary management committees. This approach ensures that each FRC is rooted in the community and this, in turn, makes it a vehicle for delivering other programmes in the community. FRCs are participative and empowering organisations that support families while building the capacity and leadership of local communities.
FRCs provides a range of universal and targeted services and development opportunities that address the needs of families.

Project information

The Footprints Project was established in September 2017, it aims to enable young people to reengage with education and/or training and employment and develop life skills that foster good relations, build confidence and resilience. The project is community based and has a particular focus on young people aged 16 to 22 years. The project catchment area is Drogheda north and south. There is a vacancy for a full time Youth Worker. The line manager will be the Coordinator of Connect FRC.

The project is funded by the International Fund for Ireland under the Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP) and is a partnership between Connect FRC and the local Midnight league Consortium. The International Fund for Ireland was established as an independent international organisation by the British and Irish Governments in 1986. With contributions from the United States of America, the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the total resources committed to the Fund to date amount to £714m / €898m, funding over 5,800 projects across the island of Ireland. The Fund has recently launched its Peace Consolidation 2016-2020 Strategy which aims to help tackle some of the most significant remaining challenges to lasting peace.

The programme involves up to 15 young people at any one time. It is a voluntary programme and is open young people who may have disengaged from the formal education system or employment and who are self-referred / referred by their Parents or other organisations.

The young people will participate in a range of programmes/activities that have an evidence base, be individualised and bespoke, intensive and meet their developmental and educational needs.

The young people will also work on building positive relationships with their peers, youth workers and adult volunteers as well as engaging with community development initiatives from time to time.

The Youth Worker will be employed by Connect FRC and will be given a contract of employment. It must be understood however, that if the position becomes redundant at any time during the period of the contract or if the funding for the post is discontinued or a poster holder fails to perform satisfactorily, employment may be terminated.

Key Responsibilities

  • The duties of the Youth Worker shall be notified by the Coordinator. These duties will include:
  • Working in partnership with the local youth services and agencies to:
    develop, co-ordinate and implement voluntary education and development programmes for young people who are not in education or employment.
  • Work with the target group of young people in the provision of literacy and numeracy tuition, developing career paths and opportunities, engaging with young people in an informal setting.
  • Active engagement with parents and guardians of the young people to ensure their involvement in the project.
  • Working one to one with the young people in a mentoring role.
  • Involved in liaising with local Midnight League
  • Refer to and support families on programmes that currently exist in the locality.
  • Complete accurately and submit on time any standard clerical procedure e.g. reports, funding applications, weekly diaries and travel expenses, part time teacher’s forms, petty cash, requisitions, project files etc.
  • Operate efficient office procedures e.g. filing, keeping records etc.
  • Liaising with Footsteps Steering Committee and Connect Coordinator.

Professional Qualifications and Experience (E) = Essential, (D) = Desirable

  • Education to Degree standard preferably in youth work, training and education, or similar field (note: candidates with exceptional, relevant work experience may also be considered in lieu of degree qualifications) (E)
  • Awareness of the complexities of working with disadvantaged groups.(E)
  • A minimum of 2 year relevant work experience (E)
  • Access to car and full driving licence (E)
  • Significant experience of designing, facilitating and evaluating education and training programmes (E)
  • Paid or voluntary, experience working with young people (D)

Person Specification (all Essential requirements)

  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with young people.
  • Empathetic attitude / approachable.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including ability to liaise with a wide range of contacts and build and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Excellent standards of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to be proactive, use own initiative and work effectively within a pressurised environment.
  • Positive and flexible approach.
  • Good written communications skills, including ability to draft summary information and correspondence.
  • Good computer skills, including Word processing, Excel, Internet and PowerPoint.

Requirements of all FRC staff (all Essential requirements)

  • Commitment to the purpose of the FRC programme and to work within the values, policies and procedures of the organisation.
  • To act consistently in a professional manner at all times.
  • To participate in regular supervision with your line manager.
  • Flexibility in relation to hours of work to meet the needs of the work. Work during unsocial hours may be required.
  • Identify training needs with your line manager and participate in training opportunities appropriate to the role.
  • To undertake other duties as may be requested by the Coordinator or their nominee from time to time.

Additional Considerations for the Role

Funding: It must be understood that if the funding for the post is discontinued the post holder’s contract may be terminated.

Garda vetting: As our work involves contact with young people, candidates under consideration for employment in Connect FRC will be subject to Garda vetting.

References: The successful candidate will undergo 2 reference checks before commencing employment with Connect FRC.

Annual Leave: The Youth Worker will be entitled to 25 days annual leave pro rata plus public holidays. The needs of the job must be considered when applying to take this leave.

Hours of work: The Youth Worker will be expected to work a minimum of 35 hours per week. The position will require flexibility in relation to working hours. It is expected that the Youth Workers may work late evenings/nights per week (up to 10pm) and some weekend work.

Salary: Salary will be notified to the successful candidate upon appointment. The salary band for this role will be Scale €35k– €37k per annum (Pro Rata)

Travel: This post will involve some domestic travel within Ireland and occasional meetings. Travel and expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate FRC rates.

Base: The post will be based in Connect FRC, 171 Moneymore, Drogheda, County Louth.

Applications: Applications should be made by way of cv/cover letter and emailed to

Closing date: The deadline for returning completed application forms is 5.00pm on FRIDAY 7th December 2018.
Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Connect FRC is committed to a policy of Equality of Opportunity in its employment practices.

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