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About Community and Youth Work

Community and youth work involves helping young and disadvantaged people reach their potential in their personal and social development.

This could include offering advice and guidance, helping individuals learn about themselves, supporting them through difficult situations and help in developing skills and attitudes.

Youth workers typically work with young people aged between 11 and 25, they may act as a mentor or counselor and will plan, organise and oversee community activities which are designed to facilitate personal, social and emotional development helping young people to believe in themselves and prepare for their futures.

Community workers help individuals, families and whole communities to improve the quality of their lives by changing situations and tackling problems that they may face. They often work closely with teachers, social workers, police, local authorities, probation officers and other agencies.

East Anglia boast a number of youth and community projects offering help and support as well as exciting opportunities and fun activities.

Organisations such as Porch Project aim to support young people’s: physical, mental, social, spiritual and educational well-being with regular meetings and social events. There are also organisations that seek to help those who are struggling; be that with employment, financial matters or day to day living issues. Realise Futures is one such organisation looking to help those who are long-term unemployed, disabled, disadvantaged, Army veterans, ex-offenders, parents and carers and those who - for whatever reason - just haven’t had their fair share of breaks in life.

Careers in community and youth work can be both rewarding and eye-opening, you could help to make a real difference in a persons life. A great way to find out if this is the career for you is to offer your time as a volunteer.

Follow the various links for further information on the different career options and job roles in this sector.

Did You Know?
The most recent Census data tells us that there were 6.7 million people aged 16 to 24 in England and Wales in 2011, which was 12% of the total population!

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Volunteer Gift Shop Assistant
Closing Date:
31st July 2019
Location:
Norwich, Norfolk
ROLE PURPOSE: To assist Redwings Horse Sanctuary by providing your time to carry out pre-agreed tasks which support the charity in achieving its purpose and mission. SPECIFIC TASKS: Below is a description of the type of tasks that you may undertake during your...
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Short term Volunteering
Closing Date:
1st October 2020
Location:
Stowmarket, Suffolk
Are you looking for some voluntary work but do not want a long term commitment? Are you off to university and need some volunteer experience? Do you want to give something back to the community? Get some work experience? You could try volunteering at one of th...
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Visitor Welcome Assistant
Closing Date:
1st October 2019
Location:
Stowmarket, Suffolk
Visitor Welcome Assistants, mainly based in Abbot’s Hall, provide a warm, friendly greeting to all visitors as the public face of the museum. The role also assists with orientation around our 75 acre site, and generally give visitors the information they need....
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Retail and Front of House Volunteer
Closing Date:
1st October 2020
Location:
Stowmarket, Suffolk
The Museum of East Anglian Life is looking for new volunteers to assist in our new entrance and shop. As the public face of the Museum, Retail and Front-of-House Volunteers provide a warm and friendly welcome to all visitors. Alongside a member of staff, you w...
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