Support Worker

Please note: Applications for this role have now closed. However, you can register your interest to be a Support Worker in summer 2013.

Location: London, West Midlands and the North West
Length of role: Three weeks plus four weekend days
Dates: June to September 2012

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We are looking for Support Workers to lead additional young people with additional needs during our intensive summer programme, working both residentially and in the local community in London, West Midlands or the North West, over a period of three weeks plus four weekend days.

The Support Worker is responsible for inspiring and assisting individual sixteen-year-olds through the whole of their Challenge programme. The Support Worker reports to the Programme Leader.

This role is particularly suitable for a dynamic and confident person with experience of dealing with young people with challenging behaviour and/or young people with disabilities, who is able to motivate them and command their respect.

There are two types of Support Worker, a Senior Support Worker, who should have substantial experience of working with young people with challenging behaviour, and a Junior Support Worker, who should have pastoral one-to-one experience.

About the Organisation

The Challenge Network is a fast-growing social enterprise that connects and inspires people across Britain to strengthen their communities. The Challenge is a programme that brings together young people from different backgrounds, builds their confidence, and challenges them to make a difference in their local community. In 2012, 10,000 young people across London, the West Midlands and the North West will take part in The Challenge, for an intensive three-week summer programme followed by four weekends in the autumn.

The Challenge Programme

We bring together sixteen-year-olds from across a community and challenge them to connect with people from different backgrounds, learn key skills for the workplace, and make a difference in their community. They achieve this by completing three challenges:
• The Personal Challenge: Socially mixed teams of young people bond through a week of challenging outdoor activities.
• The Team Challenge: Teams return home and use their skills to experience serving the local community.
• The Real Challenge: Teams work to design and organise activities that will bring the local community together. The Real Challenge Design takes part during the last part of the summer programme and the Real Challenge Action takes place over four weekends in September.

All young people who complete The Challenge graduate from our programme and are directed into year-round volunteering and social action opportunities through The Challenge Society.

About the Opportunity

A single programme lasts three weeks and includes outdoor activities, skill development and community service. We are looking for Support Workers who can commit for one or two programmes over the summer.
The Support Worker will:
• Lead, inspire and pastorally care for a young person with challenging behaviour and/or a young person with disabilities, ensuring their safety and assisting their personal development through a full Challenge programme of intense activities
• Take overall responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the young people assigned to you
• Work with the support of the Assistant Programme Leader to deal with challenging behaviour from young people

All meals and accommodation are provided in The Personal Challenge and in the Team Challenge, and lunch only is provided in The Real Challenge Design.


All Support Workers receive a weekend of training in May or June to deliver The Challenge. Please see Training schedule.

Work dates

Please see the Work Dates schedule.

About You

Candidates must demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:

• Experience working directly with young people with assisted needs
• Ability to motivate and command respect of young people
• Belief in young people and in helping them take more active roles in their communities
• Experience of working in a fast paced and demanding environment

• Experience of working on a residential youth environment
• Experience working in partnership with schools, youth or community organisations

We also look for all employees to show The Challenge characteristics. These are:
• Trust-building: Works hard to build trust with people. Brings people together in the community
• Responsibility-taking: Takes responsibility for actions and attitudes. Claims and solves problems in the community
• Understanding and Empathy: Works to understand others – their strengths, fears and needs. Ready to stand up for someone who is different

Further details

This is an excellent opportunity to be involved with an exciting programme which has tangible results for the young people involved. The role is demanding and fast-paced but highly rewarding. The compensation for this contract role is £1,600 for the Senior Support Worker and £1,100 for the Junior Support Worker. The role is to work on the three-week programme plus four weekend days in September. This payment includes pay in lieu of annual leave and is subject to tax and National Insurance deductions. Staff will be paid through The Challenge payroll on a weekly basis.

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