We’re recruiting for a ‘Courtyard Youth Worker’

Courtyard is a fresh model for local Catholic youth work, equipping parishes to reach young people ‘on the edge’ and at risk of social exclusion – creating a ‘courtyard’ of welcome and purpose

Are you ready to join our team?: We are seeking a highly motivated, passionate youth worker with an understanding and experience working in a Catholic setting, with proven skills in motivating both volunteers and young people at risk of exclusion.

The Courtyard Youth Worker will be based in London and will work to support parishes as each of them begin their own volunteer led Courtyard projects. The youth worker will have the support of the Courtyard Coordinator to enable volunteers in these parishes to implement the Courtyard in their bespoke setting. They will help the parish to recruit volunteers and train them to engage with young people in their local area. Along with the Courtyard Coordinator, the youth worker will enable the parishes to use resources developed in the pilot to embed the vision of Courtyard and deliver the detached and relational youth work.

The Project: We believe there is substantial potential within the Catholic community to:

  • reach out to disenfranchised young people
  • provide support and hope to those young people ‘on the edge’
  • challenge society's view of the young, not giving up on them, even when they make mistakes

Courtyard uses the wealth of resources with parishes – both people and material – to support young people. Courtyard involves the development of two elements:

  •  External outreach to make contact with young people who are at risk of social exclusion or of ‘falling through the gaps’.
  • An internal programme in the Courtyard sustains relationships between parishioners and the young people, and between the young themselves.

During the external outreach, parish volunteers are enabled to work on the streets to reach out to young people. For the internal programme, the parish is ready to open it’s doors, creating a Courtyard that welcomes young people to a safe space accompanied by appropriate resources and people of the parish. The young people themselves help direct the activities of the project and discover how to shape their future using their own experiences, gifts and talents.

See also www.courtyardproject.org.uk

DOWNLOADS: Job Description,   Application Form

WHEN THE ROLE WILL BEGIN: The role can start as soon as possible although we are willing to wait for the right candidate.

HOW TO APPLY: Please complete the application form and email to courtyard@millionminutes.org 

Closing Date: 27 July (12 Noon)
Interviews: August 

Danny Curtin