Location: West Lothian
Deadline: Monday 1 October 2018, 12pm

Youth Action Project offers support, information and advice to young people aged 10-21 years. The organisation was launched in December 1992, originally a small locally based project in Livingston addressing territorial issues. During the last 25 years it has expanded throughout the whole of West Lothian, and is now delivering services that meet the ever-changing needs of the young people they work with.

The Project operates a detached youth work service, peer education, diversion from crime and anti-social behaviour. A befriending service for vulnerable young people, targeted group work programmes, practical training workshops, summer activities and a music project. It also assists parents/carers and communities that may be experiencing difficulties with young people.

The Project Coordinator will undertake the lead role in developing and managing a Creative and Active service for care experienced and vulnerable young people aged 14-26 years old. Particularly those young people, who have previously not engaged in services and/or, are at risk of developing or have poor mental health. The service will also provide a route for these young people to have a voice and direct engagement with structures such as The Champions Board.

Working across West Lothian, in partnership with the local council, colleagues and external agencies, you'll help to  reduce the barriers faced by care experienced young people in accessing and engaging in a wide range of creative and active opportunities. Also to reduce levels of poor mental health, increase their access to new opportunities and leisure activities and to assist young people to build trusting relationships, reduce isolation and increase participation in the delivery of services for care experienced young people.

The organisation wants to engage young people in activities that interest them, build relationships with staff and improve the health and well-being of young people. They know from shared experience that using the arts/creative activities is a proven and effective method of engaging difficult to reach young people. This project will provide an innovative program of high quality activities led by professional arts and activity leaders.

West Lothian Youth Action Project has well-established referral methods, youth provider networks, experienced youth and key worker support staff and links to advisory groups. The ‘Creative and Active Futures’ project will be delivered by an experienced multi-agency Steering Group based in West Lothian.

This is a part-time post, 21 hours per week (flexible to include occasional evenings and weekends). Salary: £27,102 pro rata (initial 3-year funding).

To apply, please submit a statement highlighting your suitability for the post (maximum 500 words) and current CV to [email protected] uk. Or for further information and a job specification, email Len McCaffer or call 01506 282239.