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Youth Worker

  • Part time
  • £26,500 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 9th September 2019

  • Advertised from 22nd August 2019
  • 8 Hours per week. /Flexible with potential for additional hours dependent on demand/funding. Fixed term for one year (with potential extension dependent on funding) commencing in September/early October.


Do you want to play a key role in the creation and development of a more dynamic and innovative community hub in South Edinburgh?

Inch Community Association will be launching an exciting new youth programme at Inch House this autumn to cater for the needs of local young people, aged 7-11. We are looking for a dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and experienced youth worker to help us design, launch, manage and lead it. The post holder will work within a small team of staff and stakeholders and manage a budget in order to set up and develop the wider youth programme.


Inch Community Association is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) committed to the advancement of community education, citizenship and community development within the Inch district in Edinburgh.

We are based in Inch House in the south of Edinburgh, a 16th/17th century tower house and A-listed building of exceptional historical importance, which stands in extensive parkland and gardens and serves as the community centre for the adjacent Inch district.

It is a time of great change for Inch House. We are currently preparing a Community Asset Transfer application to Edinburgh Council to secure the building for the local community. As part of this process, we aim to create a more dynamic and innovative community hub which will more effectively serve the changing aspirations, wishes and needs of local people.

Inch House is much loved by local residents and the wider community, and a concern for the future of the building and its history is central to our mission. We are therefore working to restore Inch House to its original glory, and would like to see it develop as a historical and cultural resource for the Inch and the whole of Edinburgh, through which it can serve as a venue for meetings, community and cultural events, conferences, concerts and exhibitions. Closely linked to this is a concern to foster a greater awareness of history, architecture, cultural heritage and traditional arts within the general community.

Youth Program Purpose:

To promote the personal, educational, creative and social development of children and young people in The Inch, helping them to reach their full potential. To create a safe and supportive environment for children and young people to:

  • Laugh, learn, experiment, make mistakes and thrive
  • Discover new and exciting ideas and activities
  • Treat themselves and others with respect and kindness
  • Grow into motivated, positive, resilient and caring citizens
  • To promote diversity and inclusion whilst celebrating a strong local identity and traditional skills & learning

Key activities:

Direct Work with young people

  • Plan, develop and evaluate a range of services to support children and young people to engage with their education, including 1:1 support and group work.
  • To welcome children and young people into the building and to support them to meaningfully engage in the programme activities.
  • Mentoring, coaching and supporting individuals, encouraging young people to develop their self-awareness, independence and individuality.
  • To plan, organise and lead a wide range of creative activities involving arts, music and discovery
  • Organising and managing day trips away from the house that supports the learning of the children and young people.
  • Keeping the children and the young people at the heart of the programme by ensuring that their ideas and views are fully expressed and represented when shaping future activities.

Project Development

  • Work creatively within a small team to develop and deliver ICA youth programme in line with the organisational goals.
  • Explore and pursue opportunities for collaborative working and the delivery of creative and meaningful partnership projects.
  • Consultation with children, young people and other stakeholders to identify need and new ideas for future youth work projects.
  • Identifying potential funding opportunities and submitting appropriate funding applications.
  • Developing and building strong community relationships with external stakeholders i.e. schools, colleges, and developing relationships with other youth networks in the area.
  • Staying informed on relevant legislation, local and national issues and best practice in youth work.
  • Keeping registers, capturing outcomes, writing evaluation reports and presenting findings to ICA members and other relevant agencies/individuals.
  • Seek out opportunities for collaborative projects with other relevant groups/individuals.

For any questions please contact Tess Joyce - or call 0131 664 4710.

Application notes

Closing date for applications: Monday 9th September at 12 noon

Likely date of interview: Monday 16th September

Please submit your application form to Tess Joyce via or post to Inch House Community Centre, 225 Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5UF.