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Job vacancy: expanding our life skills and participation provision

Young people in St Christopher’s services have produced an incredible job description and advertisement for our second Life-Skills and Participation post, which is now open for applications.

The existing job description didn’t fully capture the heart of the role, St Christopher’s values or how important the position is. With this in mind, Life-Skills and Participation Co-ordinator Alex Jones supported a group of young people to write a new description and design an advert for the vacancy.

It was really important that young people had a strong voice in defining what this new role should be and how we find that special person. It’s definitely an interesting and varied role with the opportunity to work directly with young people and make a difference to their lives.

The young people were really enthusiastic about their task. They thought about how they wanted someone incredible and inspiring to fill the role, but recognised how important it was to be honest about the task ahead. They also wanted to include a photograph with the advert to show exactly what the job would be like and some quotes from a young person’s perspective.

Young people really benefit from being involved in recruitment as it empowers them to make decisions on issues that will affect their lives and makes them feel valued. It boosts their self-esteem and provides them with essential transferable skills that they will need in the future.

On one occasion a young person said: “I was not long out of hospital and could not have coped with college but I knew I would learn a lot from this. I have made friends and learnt about communication. I know how to follow instructions and compromise and negotiate. I love coming to do this… I feel like an equal. I am valued. I am really proud of what I have done. Getting involved in this gave me the confidence to get on the course I am now on and get on with my life.”

Are you interested in the role? Apply through our website before 30 April 2017.