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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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Volunteering Opportunities: Theford Conservation Group - September & October
Closing Date:
30th October 2019
Location:
Thetford, Norfolk
If you are looking for that vital experience you need to get a job, try the Thetford Conservation Group. We are now recruiting volunteers on a flexible basis - join us on any Thursday and work as part of a team to learn new skills.
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Moodwise - Find tools and resources to support your emotional wellbeing (for 16-25 year old's)
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Suffolk
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Team Programme !! NOW RECRUITING !!
Team is a 12-week Personal Development Programme, where YP have the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people. For those who join a Team programme, you’ll be challenged to: · Take on your own group community project, maki...
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Apprentice Support Worker
Closing Date:
14th October 2019
Salary:
£206.25 p/w
Location:
North Walsham, Norfolk
A support workers day is varied & flexibility is required. The people we support live independent lives and as such the support we provide is individually tailored to their needs.
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Programme Update - August 2019
Find out about how the Prince's Trust has been helping young people and see some of the upcoming programmes that young people can enrol on.
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St Eds Open Afternoon
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Norwich, Norfolk
Join St Edmunds Society on Tuesday 24th September to meet our tutors and students, and find out more about each of our courses. All are welcome for tours and advice sessions throughout the day, just book your tickets below to let us know you will be coming. Fo...
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