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CURRENT VACANCIES

Below is a list of our current vacancies here at Wigan Youth Zone. If you are interested in applying for a role, please refer to the application guidelines noted on the relevant job description.

Mentoring and Nesta Coordinator

Salary: £17,000 – £23,000 (Dependent on Experience)

Location: Wigan Youth Zone, Parsons Walk, Wigan.
Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Job Purpose:
Wigan Youth Zone is aiming to recruit a highly motivated, pro-active person to the role of Mentoring and Nesta Coordinator.  You will work on the Mentoring Programme and will be responsible for the management of a cohort of children/young people and their Volunteer Mentors.  This role involves working in an innovative and creative way in order to engage children and young people and proactively support their development through the Mentoring process.  You will also be responsible for supporting, advising and guiding volunteer mentors, imparting information and drawing on their skills to maximise support for their allocated young person. The role is split between our core mentoring programme and our Nesta financial mentoring programme where you will be delivering financial education training sessions to mentors and matching young people for our 10 week programme.

In accordance with our Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures, this position requires an enhanced DBS check.

All completed application forms should be emailed to hr@wiganyouthzone.org or mailed to Lisa Potter, Wigan Youth Zone, Parson’s Walk, Wigan, WN1 1RU.

Closing Date: Tuesday 2nd January 2018

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Junior Club & Holiday Project Manager

Salary: Up to £25,000
Location: Wigan Youth Zone, Parsons Walk, Wigan.
Hours: 37.5 hours per week (to include evenings & weekends)*Junior session take place Tuesday evenings & Saturday and Sunday mornings. Holiday Club is run during school holidays so adjustments to working patterns during this time will be made.

Job Purpose:
To take lead responsibility for the delivery of the Junior and Holiday Club work programme at Wigan Youth Zone, ensuring all young people accessing the Youth Zone have access to a fun, creative, active and developmental programme. You will provide direct line management, leadership and support to the Junior and Holiday Club delivery team including paid staff and volunteers. As a lead member of the delivery team you time need to be willing to work across all Youth Zone sessions and will have lead responsibility for the Junior Club and Holiday offer to 8 – 12 year olds ensuring this is a high-quality offer; focused on the needs of young people and in line with Wigan Youth Zone’s aspirations to provide young people with the best possible experiences and opportunities. You will be responsible for the continuous improvement of the delivery and inputting towards the strategic delivery plan for Wigan Youth Zone.

In accordance with our Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures, this position requires an enhanced DBS check.

All completed application forms should be emailed to hr@wiganyouthzone.org or mailed to Lisa Potter, Wigan Youth Zone, Parson’s Walk, Wigan, WN1 1RU.

Closing Date: 2nd January 2018

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Receptionist (10.5 – 12 hours per week)

Salary: £7.54 per hour
Location: Wigan Youth Zone, Parsons Walk, Wigan.
Hours: 10.5 – 12 hours per week

Job Purpose:
To take responsibility for the reception area and act as the first point of contact for members, visitors and the general public.

In accordance with our Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures, this position requires an enhanced DBS check.

All completed application forms should be emailed to hr@wiganyouthzone.org or mailed to Lisa Potter, Wigan Youth Zone, Parson’s Walk, Wigan, WN1 1RU.

Closing Date: Tuesday 2nd January 2018

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Girls Room Youth Worker

Salary: £7.50 – £9.50 per hour
Location: Wigan Youth Zone, Parsons Walk, Wigan.
Hours: 8hr post (2 x  4 hour shifts) opportunity for extra cover shifts.

Job Purpose:
To deliver a range of activities that will raise aspirations within the girls zone.  They will create a relaxed environment which engages children and young people in positive activities.  This includes running issue based programmes and having open discussions about issues that effect young women in society. Creating an atmosphere were different cultures, positive body images and self-esteem are promoted. Working predominately with Girls but not exclusively.

In accordance with our Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures, this position requires an enhanced DBS check.

All completed application forms should be emailed to hr@wiganyouthzone.org or mailed to Lisa Potter, Wigan Youth Zone, Parson’s Walk, Wigan, WN1 1RU.

Closing Date: Tuesday 2nd January 2018

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Catering Assistant

Salary: £7.50 per hour

Location: Wigan Youth Zone, Parsons Walk, Wigan.
Hours: 8 hours per week

Job Purpose:

To help to develop, support and deliver the catering provision at the Youth Zone, ensuring that young people have access to healthy, high quality meals.

You must be able to cook inspiring dishes, be skilled in vegetarian and halal cooking, be passionate about local produce and most importantly love food. Successful candidates for this role will take pride in creating innovative new and simple dishes and relate well to young people.

In accordance with our Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures, this position requires an enhanced DBS check.

All completed application forms should be emailed to hr@wiganyouthzone.org or mailed to Lisa Potter, Wigan Youth Zone, Parson’s Walk, Wigan, WN1 1RU.

Closing Date: Tuesday 2nd January 2018

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‘Access All Areas’ Volunteer

Wigan Youth Zone is proud to be inclusive of all abilities. We regularly have young people with various additional needs attend the facility and our ‘Access All Areas’ team are there to help all young people reach their full potential.

Our motto is to ‘Invest, Inspire and Include’ all young people and as a volunteer you will help us to achieve this. Whether it is working one to one with a young person or delivering an inclusive cooking session, you will help all young people develop the social and life skills they need to be an independent and confident person.

Skills Required:

  • Supportive and patient
  • Creative and fun in the activities you are involved with and/or plan
  • Friendly and approachable
  • A willingness to join in with the activities
  • A good motivator (getting young people involved)
  • Ability to adapt ideas

Art Zone Volunteer

Our Art Zone is a place where young people can get creative and use their imagination. Art is a way in which young people can express themselves individually and build self-confidence. Varying activities such as drawing and painting, animation, photography and textiles, the sky is the limit for our creative young people.

As an Art Zone volunteer you will part of an extremely creative team who ensure that there is always something fun for the young people to be involved with. It will be colourful, you may get messy but most of all you will have fun in everything you do.

Skills Required:

  • Creative and fun in the activities you are involved with and/or plan
  • Friendly and approachable
  • A willingness to join in with the activities
  • A good motivator (getting young people involved)
  • Photography skills including Photoshop
  • Animation skills
  • Crafting skills such as up-cycling, knitting, card making, cross-stitch

Enterprise and Employability Volunteer

Our enterprise and employability team offer support to young people who want to learn about business and improve their employability skills.

As a volunteer you will be involved in exciting projects such as ‘Cookie Mad’ and ‘Like Clockwork’ which are two successful businesses that have been developed and are ran by young people, both of which have won awards nationally and internationally.

As part of the employability team you can help young people gain confidence, work experience and the skills required to confidently go out and find work. Our ‘Get the Tools, Get a Job’ employability course is our way to support young people in getting their foot on the career ladder.

Skills Required:

  • Communication and organisational skills
  • An interest in business and employment
  • Friendly, confident and approachable
  • Patient
  • A good motivator
  • Creative
  • Experience of running a business is desirable

‘Rec Area’ Volunteer

The hub of the Youth Zone, every young person who visits will join in the range of activities in the rec. It is a bustling area, with many activities running at once. Whether it’s a game of pool, a mini challenge or a big sporting event on the big screen, the rec is where the young people can relax with their friends.

As a rec volunteer you be involved in pool competitions, table tennis challenges, board games, card games and just generally having a chat and spending time with the young people.

The rec is where some of the simplest youth work takes place, building positive relationships, encouraging confidence and instilling a fun factor in young people.

Skills Required:

  • Be able to work in an ever changing environment
  • Creative and fun in the activities you are involved with and/or plan
  • Friendly and approachable
  • A willingness to join in with the activities
  • A good motivator (getting young people involved)

Football Volunteer

Our football programme is jam packed with leagues, competitions, challenges and of course our Wigan Youth Zone teams who compete in local leagues.

As a football volunteer you will be involved in the organising of tournaments, coaching the young people (boys and girls) and refereeing our mini leagues. Football is a hugely popular sport at Wigan Youth Zone and we encourage everyone to get involved, no matter what their ability.

Whether you simply love the beautiful game or aspire to become a football coach we have plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.

Skills Required:

  • A passion for football
  • A FA coaching qualification is desirable but if you know the rules and can show off some skills, great!
  • Friendly and approachable
  • A willingness to join in with the activities
  • Ability to referee friendly matches
  • Strong group management (you will always be supported though)

Girls in Action Volunteer

At Wigan Youth Zone we work hard to increase the number of young women and girls who actively take part in sport and physical activity. We want to make sport open to all young women by removing the barriers that may stop them participating.

As a volunteer you will be involved in a wide range of sports and physical activity session that specifically target young women and girls, such as gym sessions, football, netball, boxing, climbing and badminton. You will be involved in the planning and development of sessions and incentives to encourage participation.

Skills Required:

  • Creative and fun in the activities you are involved with and/or plan
  • A keen interest in sport and physical activity
  • Friendly, confident and approachable
  • A willingness to join in with the activities
  • A good motivator (getting young people involved)
  • Ability to adapt ideas

Girls Room Volunteer

The girl’s room works to promote female participation across the Youth Zone. It also provides a place where the girls who attend can relax, be pampered and discuss the issues which are important to them.

As a girl’s room volunteer you can get involved in a variety of projects such as the hair and beauty salon, question box, hot topics and issue-based sessions such as sexual health and drugs and alcohol awareness.

We aim to promote positive body image, confidence and self-esteem in the young people who attend the girl’s room, so you will become a strong role model for many of the young people.

Skills Required:

  • Beauty therapy skills
  • Creative and fun in the activities you are involved with and/or plan
  • Friendly and approachable
  • A willingness to join in with the activities
  • A good motivator (getting young people involved)
  • Be able to talk about sensitive issues
  • An ability to remain impartial and be non-judgemental

Market Stall Volunteer

Wigan Youth Zone market stall is based in Wigan Market and aims to raise money to fund projects for the young people who attend. The stall is linked in with the enterprise projects within the youth zone meaning that the stall is also manned by some of the young people as well.

As a volunteer on the market stall you will be working with the general public, selling products, maintaining stock levels and ensuring the stall is attractive to buyers. You will also be involved with the promotion of Wigan Youth Zone, keeping the public up to date about what events are coming up as well as the exciting activities the money raised is allowing the young people to be involved with.

Skills Required:

  • Communication and organisational skills
  • Customer service and retail skills
  • Friendly, confident and approachable
  • Experience of dealing with cash payments
  • A good motivator
  • Creative
  • Good team work

Music and Media Volunteer

Our music and media area is extremely popular. Boasting its own recording studio and a wide range of instruments for the young people to learn, it is a place that encourages masses of creativity.

As a volunteer you will be able to teach instruments, run karaoke, work in the recording studio, and be part of the sound production team supporting the set up and running of a wide variety of events.

For those who have an interest in film the media section gives opportunities to help run our YouTube channel, create music videos and also run our internal radio station.

Skills Required:

  • Ability to play an instrument (including sing) is desirable
  • Passion for music
  • Creative and fun in the activities you are involved with and/or plan
  • Friendly and approachable
  • A willingness to join in with the activities
  • A good motivator (getting young people involved)
  • Knowledge of programmes such as Cubase
  • Video editing skills
  • Radio station experience

Outdoor Adventure Volunteer

Wigan Youth Zone has an ever growing outdoor adventure department offering a wide range of opportunities for young people to challenge themselves to do something new. The outdoor adventure team deliver the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards as well as general activities such as climbing, canoeing, trekking and mountain biking.

As a volunteer you will be involved in a varied programme, including helping to run the climbing wall, archery sessions and supporting the young people through their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Skills Required:

  • Communication and organisational skills
  • A love of the outdoors (you may get wet, you could get very wet!)
  • Friendly, confident and approachable
  • A willingness to learn processes and procedures
  • Patient
  • A good motivator

Performing Arts Volunteer

Performing Arts is a great way for young people to develop their confidence and team work skills. Offering as sessions such as cheerleading, dance, drama and free running there is plenty to get involved with.

As a volunteer you will be able to get involved in a wide range of creative and fun sessions, support events such as the annual productions and fundraising performances.

Whether you love to be on stage performing or dancing or see yourself as a scriptwriter or choreographer, there will be plenty to get involved with.

Skills Required:

  • Creative and fun in the activities you are involved with and/or plan
  • Friendly and approachable
  • A willingness to join in with the activities
  • A good motivator (getting young people involved)
  • Experience in dance or drama
  • Ability to make costumes
  • Knowledge of stage production

Playwork Volunteer

Our junior club is a busy, vibrant and fun environment where children can let their imagination run wild through activities and play. With activities such as dodgeball, gardening, cheerleading, gymnastics and ‘Rock School’ our junior club ensures there is something for everyone.

As a play work volunteer you will understand the importance of play in the development of young people. You will be involved in a wide range of activities from playing traditional board games to water fights. You will be a role model to the young people who attend, whilst at the same time the first one on the dance floor for musical statues. It will be fun, it will be noisy and it will be worth it!

As a play worker volunteer you can work on our junior club and on our holiday clubs.

Skills Required:

  • Supportive and patient
  • Creative and fun in the activities you are involved with and/or plan
  • Friendly and approachable
  • A willingness to act a bit silly!
  • A willingness to join in with the activities
  • A good motivator (getting young people involved)
  • Ability to adapt ideas

Reception and Admin Volunteer

With over 200 young people attending Wigan Youth Zone every night our reception is a very busy place to be.  Different to other receptions you will mainly be working face to face with young people but the same organisation and communication skills apply.

As part of the administration duties, as a volunteer you will be involved with bookings for holiday clubs, new memberships, dealing with enquiries and day to day admin that different areas of the youth zone require.

Skills Required:

  • Communication and organisational skills
  • Friendly, confident and approachable
  • A willingness to learn processes and procedures
  • Patient
  • Ability to multitask

Sports Volunteer

Our sports team have three main principles to encourage participation in sport and physical activity:

Try – These sessions are recreational and all about the young people ‘having a go’ at a new sport or physical activity.

Train – Train allows young people to perfect their skills in a particular sport. Whether it’s natural talent or being keen to learn, the young people can attend structured coaching sessions.

Team – If a young person would like to compete in a chosen sport they can join a Wigan Youth Zone sports team.

As a sport’s volunteer you will be an integral part of delivering these principles. Our volunteers have a wide range of sporting interests and gain hands on experience in coaching sport and delivering recreational sport.

Sports we deliver include: basketball; dodgeball; badminton; tennis; lacrosse; volleyball; futsal; hockey and many more.

Skills Required:

  • A passion for sport and physical activity
  • A coaching qualification is desirable but if you know the rules and can show off some skills, great!
  • Friendly and approachable
  • A willingness to join in with the activities
  • Flogert Cera, 16

    WHY WIGAN YZ?


    “I love my time at Wigan Youth Zone, I’ve gained loads of confidence and thank all the youth work staff for their help!”
    Sabrina, 13
  • Stephanie, 16

    WHY WIGAN YZ?


      “I love coming to Wigan Youth Zone, joining in activities and to get out the house – I’ve met tons of new friends”
    Stephanie, 16
  • Adam, 23

    WHY WIGAN YZ?


    “Since attending the Youth Zone, I’ve become more confident, made new friends and even got a job through the employability course!”
    Adam, 23
  • Danny, 11

    WHY WIGAN YZ?


      “I love the Youth Zone especially the Skate Park. My confidence has grown so much that now I even enter tournaments!”
    Danny, 11
  • Nathan, 18

    WHY WIGAN YZ?


      “The Gym at Wigan Youth Zone has had an important impact on my life – making me stronger, fitter and healthier.”
    Nathan, 18