Job Title: Progress Mentor
Hours per week: 40 per week Contract: Until December 2018
Location: Coventry Salary: £17,750 – £19,250
Do you want to make a difference to young people’s lives?
Are you up for a challenge?
We are looking for a Mentor that can engage, support and enthuse young people who are currently not involved in education, training or employment.
The successful candidate will become a ‘Progress Mentor’ who will provide quality experiences in employment and education related outcomes to young people across Coventry.
The Progress Mentor will support young people aged 16-19 (up to 25 in circumstances) on their journey to a progressive destination to employment or further education. Working across community venues, the role will be highly focussed in finding solutions to challenges.
This is a full-time position, fixed term for the next 18 months. This will really allow you to make a difference and watch young people you support flourish.
The task ahead will not be without challenges, so we want highly motivated, driven, resilient and charismatic people!
Progress is part of Building Better Opportunities – a Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund programme designed to tackle the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion and drive local jobs and growth.
For more information or to apply for the role, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . The deadline for applications to be returned by email is the 30th June.
Our Ambition Coventry offer, designed to help young people in Coventry get into education or find employment has supported Kieran into an apprenticeship with DFS.
Kieran was referred to our programme by his mother after leaving college as he did not enjoy the course he was enrolled on. On first appearances, Kieran was somebody who wanted to succeed but had no idea as to where he could turn for help or guidance. With support from our staff, we found that Kieran held a keen interest in sports and practical activities. Supported by our staff member, Ashley McBride, Kieran developed his confidence and found an amazing opportunity to undertake a two-year apprenticeship with DFS, where he would be trained to become a Service Manager in Upholstery.
The first week of training for this apprenticeship was to be in Doncaster, where Kieran would have to stay for a week, which Kieran was hesitant about. However, Ashley managed to work with Kieran, selling the benefits of attending the training and the subsequent apprenticeship offer. Upon attending the training, Kieran was successful in completeing the course in addition to making a good impression of himself to DFS staff.
Since completing his training, we have kept in regular contact with Kieran, who is now completing his Duke of Edinburgh award through DFS and wants to volunteer with the Positive Youth Foundation as part of this.
The Ambition Coventry programme has worked to give Kieran a chance he would not otherwise have found. Working with the Positive Youth Foundation and the Ambition team, we have been able to turn around a young person who was short of confidence, motivation and a pathway into a professional who now wishes to support the organisation that supported him.
The Ambition Coventry programme works with anyone between the ages of 16 and 29 who lives in Coventry and is not in any form of employment, education or training. With 20 organisations across the city involved in the partnership, the program is in a unique position to offer a range of support to young people across Coventry.
Ambition Coventry, a programme to help young people in Coventry get into employment and education has helped a new arrival into the city find work – and he’s lovin’ it!
Clifford Nghneya arrived in the UK from Kenya in January to join his parents, who had been here for eight years, and, despite English not being his first language, he was determined to find employment.
He was put in touch with Positive Youth Foundation (PYF) and joined its Involved Programme which helps newly arrived young people settle into their surroundings and offers support with health and wellbeing, social integration and learning English.
Clifford was also enrolled on the Ambition Coventry employability programme, which draws together skills and expertise from 20 organisations. It’s led by Coventry City Council’s employment team and creates pathways for young people to achieve their goals.
Through PYF’s links with local McDonald’s franchisee John Kiely, Clifford was given the chance to attend a careers open evening with John’s restaurant group.
After hearing about the skills he could learn and develop with the company, he was helped by PYF to apply for a job online, develop his CV and was given training on interview techniques.
The 18-year-old was successful in his application and is now working in the McDonald’s restaurant in Cross Cheaping in Coventry city centre and taking on a variety of roles as well as improving his teamwork and communication skills.
“My parents moved to Coventry eight years ago and I stayed with my guardians back in Kenya so it has been great to join my family here,” said Clifford.
“When I first came here, I was a little scared to talk to anyone at first,” he said. “But, over time, I have gained confidence in communicating how I feel in front of any group.
“The people I work with have been very friendly, much more patient and helpful than I expected.
“I have also learnt about staying focussed and not giving up – it has been great for me.”
John said he believed the partnership with PYF would lead to more young people finding work at his restaurants.
He said: “After meeting the Positive Youth Foundation team, a group of young people came to our open evening and I was really enthused at their willingness to engage, learn and to ask questions.
“I was thrilled that Clifford wanted to pursue a career with us and I am sure he will be the first of many that we will either employ or help get ready to go into other employment.
“I am delighted to be able to work with, and support, PYF Ambition.”
Krishan Singh, of PYF, said the approach had helped Clifford to find work and settle in the city.
He said: “Clifford initially attended our Tuesday evening football sessions which sees a good mix of both newly arrived and local young people in attendance.
“He’s the perfect example of what hard work and commitment can achieve. By accepting help and support, he overcame a series of challenges to meet his goals and he should be commended for that – especially for overcoming one of the hardest challenges, a language barrier.
“What it also highlights is our connections with both the public and private sector and how we can tap into those for the good of individuals in the city who need this kind of support. We wish Clifford all the very best.”
Ambition Coventry is a youth employment initiative funded through the European Social Fund. It works with anyone aged between 16 and 19 who lives in Coventry and is not in any form of employment, education or training (NEET).
Thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund (Reaching Communities), we are happy to announce another exciting vacancy within our growing team.
Job Title: Healthy Futures Programme Co-ordinator
Salary: £20,750 – £22,650
We’re looking for a Programme Co-ordinator to join our dedicated team of youth work staff, supporting a programme designed to engage young people who would benefit from health-related interventions, primarily through sport and physical activity. This post will be a part of a leadership team, therefore we require a high-level of understanding of project co-ordination. You will need at least two-years’ experience in a youth-work related post, as well as relevant qualifications.
If you think this sounds like you and you’re up for a challenge, this is your moment.
For further information, please email us at: email@example.com – an application pack will be emailed to you.
Deadlines for applications are 5pm on Friday 28th April.
Thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund (Reaching Communities), We are happy to announce two exciting posts with our growing team.
1. Youth Engagement Officer (Health Mentor) (£16,000-£17,500 per year) – Fixed-term for 12 months
2. Apprentice (National Modern Apprentice Pay Grades)– Fixed-term for 12 months
Both roles are full time.
We’re looking for a Youth Engagement Officer (Health Mentor) to join our dedicated team of youth work staff, supporting a programme designed to engage young people who would benefit from health-related interventions.
We are also looking for a Modern Apprentice, with a focus on sports activities and leadership.
The programme will be delivered throughout the day from 9am to 9pm, providing the right person with a fantastic opportunity to engage with a genuine youth development program.
For the ‘Youth Engagement Officer ‘ post, we are looking for someone who can slot right into the team and hit the ground running. As such, we require people who are experienced practitioners, with a proven track record of delivering health-based programmes for young people in the community.
If you think this sounds like you and you’re up for a challenge, this is your moment.
For further information, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org – an application pack will be emailed to you.
Deadlines for applications are 5pm on Friday 28th April.
We’re happy to announce another new exciting post with our growing team. We’re looking for a Youth Engagement Officer (Sport and Physical Activity) to join our dedicated team of youth work staff, supporting a programme designed to engage young people who are referred to us for a range of support needs. The programme will be delivered throughout the day from 9am to 9pm, providing the r ight person with a fantastic opportunity to engage with a genuine youth development program.
For this post, we’re looking for people who can slot right into the team and hit the ground running. As such, we require people who are experience practitioners, with a proven track record of delivering sports programmes in the community. If you think this sounds like you and you’re up for a challenge, this is your moment. To download the job description for this role, please click the download button below.
For further information, please email us at email@example.com – an application pack will be emailed to you.
Deadlines for applications are 5pm on Friday 24th MarchDOWNLOAD
Our Friday evening basketball sessions are structured, inclusive and bring a sense of freedom to participants. These are just a few words Jamie Bunch from Coventry Solihull and Warwickshire Sport (CSW Sport) used to describe Positive Youth Foundation’s basketball session. CSW Sport is funded by Sport England and through its ‘Sportivate’ project, funds us to deliver sporting sessions, including our basketball session just to name one! Just last week, an examiner came to check the delivery of our session and gave us very positive feedback.
‘The Basketball session is a partnership approach between Positive Youth Foundation and Particip8. It is an informal recreational sports session, engaging young people of various faiths and from communities in and around CV1’.
This is just one sentence from Jamie’s review of our session in which he also lauded the balance and interaction our two coaches, Alex and Marian had. Furthermore, the ability for our sessions to keep youngsters away from trouble and crime is clearly evident even for someone attending our sessions for the first time like Jamie was. He continued to say ‘as a Friday tea time session it gives the young people a really good start to their weekend and a structured activity to attend. Thus most likely reducing ASB and giving positive activity’.
Following up on our positive report, we went to interview one of our basketball coaches, Marian Horvat, who lives in the local community and is fast progressing his journey at PYF. Beginning as a participant, he accepted an apprenticeship with PYF and is now a member of staff. We wanted to find out more about what happens behind the scenes at our Basketball session and to find out more about the man behind the (basket)ball!
Written by Usman Khan
Positive Youth Foundation runs a racquet sport session every Monday evening from 5pm till 7pm at Sidney Stringer Academy. The session is open to all abilities, ages and gender to participate in and liven up their first evening of the week. This week’s session did just that, aided by the brand new tennis court that was gifted by Tennis Foundation, becoming one of only ten organisations to have access to this court. The aim is to make tennis more accessible to everyone and break tennis stereotypes.
The session began with everyone getting involved in setting up the court, whether that was helping take out the court from the store cupboard, setting up the net or even taking the equipment out ready to get started as soon as the court was ready. The excitement and energy was clearly visible as before the court was rolled out, several participants had already reserved their spots, ensuring they don’t miss out on this one of a kind experience. Our sports coaches played a variety of games, from last man stands, doubles, triples and even an intense couple of rounds of foot-tennis which even got Community Support Officer, Naveen Madhas drawn into playing for some bragging rights and he lauded the weekly sessions by saying ‘it’s really good and positive, it’s a variety of different age groups and it keeps them off the streets and active’. The diversity and unity within the session is what stands out for him ‘there are all different people from different cultures together in one place’.
Mohammed, a participant expressed a few reasons as to why he came to our sessions every week ‘I really enjoy it because I get to play with my friends and it helps me improve in school P: E in sports I don’t normally play’. On being asked about the new court he replied ‘it’s really fun and good to play on!’. Another participant, Anthony, went on to say ‘it’s really cool and an easy way to play tennis’.
This new court has definitely proved in just its first session that the interaction with tennis aided by this piece of equipment will change and improve. One of the targets set out by the Tennis Foundation in making tennis more accessible is portrayed in Anthony’s response when asked what attracted him to come every week ‘you get to trial different sports at this session and new sports which I can’t do in other places’. This was the first week of using this court and we had a great response from participants, volunteers and coaches. The session is divided into playing tennis and badminton so if you fancy smashing a few aces and drop shots next week, feel free to come down and take part at Sidney Stringer Academy, every Monday from 5pm till 7pm.
We are looking for a creative individual to join our busy team to help us deliver on a number of young-people focused projects across the city of Coventry.
We are looking for someone with experience of delivering functional skills to young people who find themselves in challenging circumstances or outside of mainstream provision. This particular role will engage and support learners aged between approximately 14-21 years.
You will need the ability to multi-task, prioritise and manage your own workload with minimum supervision. Essential to the role is a passion and understanding of the relevant issues affecting young people, as well as a practical understanding of safeguarding structures within a local context.
A commitment to engage young people, from any background, in positive learning is vital. You will need the confidence to work with an array of professionals in order to support the PYF vision and objectives.
You will have excellent administrative skills including good numeracy and IT skills. Communication skills both written and verbally will need to be of a high standard, as will your organisational skills and attention to detail.
We meet the needs of young people by making our sessions accessible in every way; therefore you will need the flexibility to work at all times, including some evenings and weekends.
The deadline for applications is February 17th 2017. For an application pack or more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the job description below.DOWNLOAD
The Positive Youth Foundation (Lá PYF) are delighted to announce that we have signed Abu Sufian Miah to become our new centre-forward for the BBO program. Following a stringent scouting mission, the decision to award the star player a two-year contract was taken by the club.
Abu said: “I’m very happy to be here, I think this is the perfect place for me to continue developing and win some titles. It’s a great club”.
‘It was an easy decision for me to make when I heard that Lá PYF were interested in signing me. I sat down with (current Lá PYF coach) Krishan Singh and we spoke about the club and their ambitions and it just seemed like a great fit for me. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and meeting my new teammates.’
Club President; Rashid Bhayat was delighted with his marque signing, signalling to rivals his promise to deliver silverware. Whilst Club Vice President Susie Murphy worked tirelessly with the player’s agent to ensure a deal was struck before the January transfer window by purchasing a new printer with fax and scan features.
Club coach; Krishan Singh a former teammate of Abu; had tried signing the trequartista previously, and acted swiftly when it was clear his time at his former club was coming to a close.
From all of us here at Lá PYF, we welcome Abu Miah to the club!