Support Project Worker – Young Families


Recruiting Organisation: YMCA DownsLink Group             

Working hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £24,445 per annum
Contract: Permanent
Location: Brighton & Hove


YMCA DLG stands together with children and young people who are at risk; keeping them safe, supporting their emotional wellbeing, and enabling them to belong, contribute and thrive in their local community. They work to prevent youth homelessness across Sussex and Surrey and provide a home to 763 young people every night. They reach a further 10,000 young people and their families through their other key services, such as counselling, support and advice, mediation, and youth work, so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive.


The Role

They are looking for a Support Project Worker to join the experienced, enthusiastic team.

  • In this role, you will coach young parents to articulate and achieve their aspirations and ambitions and acquire the skills they need to live independent and fulfilling lives with their children.
  • You will work proactively, creatively, and effectively with young parents to help them to develop a consistent and positive approach to parenting aimed at addressing behaviours and overcoming challenges.
  • You will also promote and facilitate parental understanding of a child’s needs.
  • In addition, you will identify and keep track of the needs and the risks presented by the young parent to ensure they can keep themselves and their children safe and that their personal development isn’t hindered.
  • You will also build up knowledge and understanding of local resources of community and statutory services and communicate effectively with them in the best interests of the child and family.

Your expected working pattern will be from 9.00 to 5.00 from Monday to Friday and you will work between sites across Brighton & Hove.


Who You Are

They are looking for a Project Worker who is experienced in working directly with young parents aged 16-21 years old and able to engage and relate well to this age group and their children.

  • The successful applicant will be a confident and capable communicator with the ability to engage, inspire, enhance learning, and provoke thoughtful reflection.
  • You will be able to inspire and work proactively with young parents to develop their talents and you will have a good understanding of the key safeguarding and health risks, challenges and opportunities for young parents and their children.
  • In addition, you will be experienced in making informed assessments of need and risks and be able to formulate appropriate plans, including Early Help Assessments.
  • The ideal candidate will also have knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of statutory and voluntary services and experience of liaising with them.

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.

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


How to apply:


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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).

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Closing Date: 17 July 2022


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