Youth Commissioner Paid Internship – Southend YMCA

Youth Commissioner Paid Internship – Southend YMCA

Job Title: Youth Commissioner (Internship)

Location: Southend-on-Sea (although may be required to work in other locations)

Responsible to: Positive Activities Manager

Responsible for: Youth Forums, Youth consultation & engagement, creating online content, project delivery

Other Key Relationships: Jack Petchey Foundation, Young People, SYMCA Service Managers, SYMCA Chief Executive Officer, Essex Police, Southend Borough Council, Essex University, Local Community Groups, Local Schools and Colleges, NELFT, Mind, On Crowd, IT, Finance, Human Resources,

Hours: 37.5 per week

Rate of Pay: Real Living Wage – £18,525 per annum

Start Date: No later than 30th April



Southend YMCA believes that young people should be empowered to have their voices heard and listened to, both within the organization and the wider community. This exciting internship role has been funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation & will enable Southend YMCA to expand and develop our Youth Voice & Influence work.

As a youth charity we particularly encourage applicants within the 18 -25 age range and the successful candidate will be an individual with good communication and leadership skills who can engage, mentor and advocate for young people and provide opportunities which fundamentally allow young people to have their voices heard.

The post holder will work with key agencies to influence policy through think tanks, youth forums and will undertake group work and consultation activities to gather research on issues that concern young people.  These issues, will be addressed through the delivery of a range of practical youth led projects which will excite and engage young people to raise awareness & make a positive contribution towards tackling issues and delivering social change.

The successful candidate will have access to a training bursary and will receive a wide range of development opportunities through Southend YMCA & the completion of Jack Petchey Development & Mentoring programme which you will be supported to complete as part of the role.

The post holder will also be expected to support and further the aims and objectives of Southend YMCA and the wider YMCA England and Wales Movement.




  • Champion, encourage and provide support to young people engaged in the service
  • Take part in the Jack Petchey Internship development programme and mentoring programme.
  • Work in collaboration with stakeholders to ensure the service is shaped by young people and represents the views and ambitions of those who are engaged
  • Visit, talk to and inspire young people to find their voice, their passions and in turn shape their future
  • Support the work of the Senior Leadership Team to provide youth engagement opportunities within the YMCA
  • Increase the role and participation of young people in the leadership and management of the issues that impact them
  • Build relationships with Youth Mayor, youth councils & schools to encourage the creation and greater involvement of youth lead activities with the wider community
  • Facilitate and engage in Youth Forums, including arranging the meetings, ensuring those who should attend do so on a regular basis, that all paperwork is ready for the meeting or disseminated prior to the meeting and that minutes or actions are sent out following the meeting in a timely manner
  • Assisting in providing the project an appropriate presence on all digital outlets including social media
  • Support the project by attending events and representing Southend YMCA and the National Lottery positively and effectively in all dealings with internal colleagues and external partners
  • Commitment to a culture of continuous improvement and growth
  • To be alert to issues of Safeguarding and Child Protection, ensuring the safety of the young people accessing the project is promoted and safeguarded and to report any Child Protection or Safeguarding Concerns to the designated Child Protection Officers using the Safeguarding Policies, Procedures and Practices
  • Ensure when a colleague is absent, that the impact of this on delivery of the project has the smallest impact on the young people and that cover arrangements are identified or suitable activities or actions are put in place
  • To carry out any other duties as reasonable expected by management
  • To work directly with Children and Young People to develop and enhance their social skills
  • To be able to think on your feet and use initiative in order to deliver session particularly in the event of technical issues with equipment
  • To be able to enthuse others including colleagues, young people, Youth Commissioners
  • To make the environment safe and fun
  • To be an active member of the team and to operate in line with the values and principles of Southend YMCA


Health and Safety

Employees are required to work in compliance with the organisation’s Health and Safety policies and under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (as amended), ensuring the safety of all parties they come into contact with, such as members of the public, in premises or sites controlled by the organisation.

In order to ensure compliance, procedures should be observed at all times under the provision of safe systems of work through safe and healthy environments, including information, training and supervision necessary to accomplish those goals.



To have due regard for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to follow the child protection procedures adopted by the organisation.  The organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and the Mentor must ensure that the highest priority is given to following the guidance and regulations to safeguard children and young people. All mentoring staff will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service (formally known as the Criminal Records Bureau) and obtain any other statutorily required clearance.


Additional Responsibilities

  1. To ensure that they do not compromise the health and safety of others and themselves in the workplace; The Mentor has a legal responsibility to take reasonable care for the health and safety of him/herself and of the other people who may be affected by act or omissions at work.
  2. To co-operate with any legal steps, the organisation may take to fulfil its obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAW). Refer to the Staff Handbook for the full Health and Safety policy.
  3. To ensure the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults at all times.
  4. To report any concerns relating to child protection or protection of vulnerable adults.
  5. To uphold safe and efficient working policies and practices, undertake supervision and training and respect and progress equal opportunities.
  6. To uphold acceptable standards of ethical behaviour both within the organisation and outside the organisation
  7. To show tolerance and respect for the rights of others
  8. To maintain records, and compile monitoring data as requested.



This position is based at Southend YMCA’s Eco-Hub, 2a St John’s Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 7JZ; however, you may also be required to work at other locations as reasonably directed throughout the Thames Gateway.

The organisation is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity for all and is opposed to any form of less favourable treatment and harassment on the grounds of race, religious beliefs, creed, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, parental status, age, sexual orientation or disability.

It is the Association’s intention that this job description is seen as a guide to the major areas and duties for which the employee is accountable.  However, the employee’s obligations are bound to vary and develop, so the job description should be seen as a guide and not as a permanent, definite and exhaustive statement.

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Jamie Langstone