Support / Project Worker


Recruiting Organisation: YMCA DownsLink Group

Working hours: 37.5 hours a week
Salary: £24,445 per annum
Contract: Permanent
Location: YMCA Guildford Foyer


YMCA DownsLink Group is a charity working to transform the lives of vulnerable young people, working to prevent youth homelessness and provide a home to 763 young people every night. They reach a further 10,000 young people and their families through our other key services, such as counselling, support and advice, mediation and youth work. This is challenging yet rewarding work that helps the young people they support to belong, contribute, and thrive.

YMCA Guildford Foyer is YMCA Guildford’s Diversity Award-winning supported housing project offering accommodation to 34 young people, ages 16-25. They support young people to develop socially and personally in order that they may grow in confidence and learn to live more independently.

The Role:

YMCA DownsLink Group is recruiting a permanent, full-time (37.5 hours per week) Support / Project Worker with a flair for supporting and inspiring young people. This role is wide-ranging, rewarding and includes several key responsibilities;

  • You will support a caseload of young people or adults at risk, using a trauma informed and advantage thinking approach to support them in achieving their goals.
  • You will enable young people to articulate and achieve their ambitions and support residents to acquire skills they need to lead independent, fulfilling lives.
  • A key focus will be to coach young people to manage their occupancy agreement and adhere to house rules, in preparation for independent living and promote a credit culture, encouraging young people to keep up to date with all payments for rent.

This role is on a rolling rota – you will work 5 days in 7 days, consisting of onsite shifts between 8am and 10pm; Monday – Sunday (includes 2 out of 4 weekends), but extensive training will be delivered prior to starting on rota.

Who You Are:

A successful applicant will love being involved in the support and growth of young people and will be able to actively encourage residents into education, training and employment. You will be passionate about supporting young people to lead in independent lives, enjoy working in an exciting, fast-paced environment, have a sense of humour and the drive to deliver an outstanding service. You will be able to facilitate a process of development that allows the young person to take the lead in identifying actions and goals, along with learning about the key risks, challenges and opportunities for the client group. Ideally, you will have knowledge and experience of working with young people leaving care, along with an awareness of all aspects of safeguarding.

Great candidates may not fit everything that have been described above, or who have important skills that have not been mentioned. If that is you, please do not hesitate to apply and tell them about yourself.

How to Apply:

You can apply via website link here.

Please download a job pack from the same page for more information about other benefits offered.

If you would like an informal discussion about this post, please contact:

Please note this is a rolling advert; applications will be reviewed regularly and interviews arranged on a rolling basis.


YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. They value diversity and promote inclusion, which they demonstrate through their activities, as well as in their policies and working practices. Reinforced by their culture and values, they seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For questions regarding this role or to request another application format: please email at


Closing Date: 3 July 2022

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