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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.

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Mentoring Circle
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Event Date:
25th September 2020
This programme will follow the criteria of a ‘Mentoring Circle’ with the added benefit of 1-to-1 in-depth support following the initial 3 sessions. It will also be delivered on a monthly basis, so a new programme will be available each month.
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Community Engagement Traineeship
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31st October 2020
You will complete a NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Heritage and Culture over the course of the year completing a port folio demonstrating practical and theoretical skill. You will learn valuable transferable skills such as communication, creativity,confidence, team wo...
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Skills for the Future Trainee – Retail and Visitor Services
Closing Date:
31st October 2020
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Bursary - £14,400 per annum
Location:
Stowmarket, Suffolk
To develop skills in a specified area of museum practice alongside training in core heritage-based knowledge and practical skills. To accredit your learning by completing a Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage.
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Skills for the Future Trainee – Marketing and Communications
Closing Date:
31st October 2020
Salary:
Bursary - £14,400 per annum
Location:
Stowmarket, Suffolk
To develop skills in a specified area of museum practice alongside training in core heritage-based knowledge and practical skills. To accredit your learning by completing a Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage.
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Voluntary Norfolk - Volunteering Information (Coronavirus pandemic)
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31st December 2020
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Norfolk - Wide
Voluntary Norfolk is collecting information from organisations and groups across Norfolk that are looking for volunteers to help with the response to the Covid-19 virus. There is a particular need for volunteers with the skills and knowledge that would enable...
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Childcare Apprenticeships
Kick-start your career working with children.If you’d like a job working with children after school but you have no experience, doing a childcare apprenticeship is a great way to bridge the gap into work.
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