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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.

Activity and Recreation Youth/Play Worker (3 posts)

We’re looking for Activity & Recreation Youth Workers to join our Recreation Team here at the Youth Zone.

Salary: £7.50 – £9.50 per hour
Location: Wigan Youth Zone, Parsons Walk, Wigan.
Hours: There are 3 posts available; 2 x 4 hour shifts and 1 x 3 hour shift, all working Saturday evenings.

Job Purpose:

To support your line manager in the management of the recreation area which is the centre of Wigan Youth Zone and where every young person goes to at some point every visit. The role requires the creation of a space that is warm, welcoming, active and full of life and challenge.

To provide additional support to young people where needed to enable equal opportunity access to the wide range of activities on offer at 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: Monday 16th October

Interview Date: Thursday 19th October and Friday 20th October.

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Employer Engagement Assistant

We’re looking for an Engagement Assistant to join the Employability Team here at Wigan Youth Zone.

Salary: £7.50 – £9.50 per hour
Location: Wigan Youth Zone, Parsons Walk, Wigan.
Hours: Normal working hours will be 20 hours a week (exclusive of breaks), which will be worked flexibly. This may involve working at weekends during Youth Zone sessions or at events, and also working during the day.

Job Purpose:

To support young people most distant from the labour market into employment. Developing sustainable relationships with a variety of employers and securing quality employment opportunities. To Support Wigan Youth Zone Get a Job Employability Skills programme reporting directly to the Employability Head of Department. Students are aged 16 – 24 years old and participate in a rolling eight week educational employability skills programme involving the following:

Employability Skills Course: 8 week educational programme:

  • Accredited by PEARL (Personal Employability, Achievement and Reflection for Learning) up to level 3 or B-Tec Level 1 in Work Skills.
  • 6 week academic element – CV writing, interview techniques, customer service skills, telephone skills, presentation skills, teamwork skills, entrepreneurial skills, company visit days and more.
  • 1 weekend outdoor education residential.
  • 2 week work experience placement.
  • Transition into full or part-time work, apprenticeships, training or education.

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: Friday 20th October 2017

Interview Date: Week beginning Monday 23rd October

Start Date: Week beginning Monday 30th October

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Project Support Youth Worker (LIBOR Project)

We’re looking for a Youth Worker to support our Libor funded project, helping engage local service families.

Salary: £7.50 – 8.50/per hour
Location: Wigan Youth Zone, Parsons Walk, Wigan.
Hours: Normal working hours will be 16 hours a week (exclusive of breaks), which will be worked flexibly. This will involve working at weekends during Youth Zone sessions or at events, and also working during the day.

Job Purpose:

To support the social development and wellbeing of Service children and ex-service young people by engaging them in various activities and opportunities available at Wigan Youth Zone. This will include helping service and ex-service young people to engage in open access sport, arts and outdoor activities, as well as a range of targeted services such as providing one to one support for the young person to identify and address any issues or barriers they face.

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: Friday 20th October 2017

Interview Date: Week beginning Monday 23rd October

Start Date: Week beginning Monday 30th October

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The are currently no full-time vacancies available

‘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

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