Youth Worker

Red Balloon Cambridge

Location: Cambridge

Hours: this position is from three days a week to full time (hours to be negotiated). This is a permanent position. (0.6fte to 1.0fte based on a full time week of 40 hours).

This post is permanent.

Salary: from £22,575 depending on experience.


The purpose of this role is to support young people who have suffered bullying or other traumatic experiences within a school community, with a particular focus on IT and PE.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

The purpose of this role is to support young people who have suffered bullying or other traumatic experiences within a school community, with a particular focus on IT and PE.

We work with young people who have been severely bullied and/or experience high levels of anxiety about attending school. We provide a safe environment with clear boundaries for behaviour, and an individual full-time academic, pastoral and therapeutic programme. Once students have regained their confidence and are able to cope academically and socially, we support their return to mainstream school or college or into employment. It is important that the jobholder concurs with this aim.

Safeguarding young people is the responsibility of everyone who works in Red Balloon. The post holder must agree to implement our practice in this area. The person appointed will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Principal Accountabilities

1. As a member of the education team:

-deliver tailored teaching activities to students on either a one-to-one basis or in small groups
guide and monitor student progress
-plan and deliver basic skills in ICT lessons to students of different ages and abilities
support students’ independent activity (Own Work)
-lead student activities in locations outside the centre (eg swimming, gym)
organise and prepare resources
-maintain records of lessons, outcomes and progress for each student where required
-advise and consult with colleagues, the Coordinators and others, discussing any concerns that arise and acting on any agreed decisions
-contribute to whole staff assessments of students’ social and emotional progress

2. As a member of staff:

a. abide by and support the philosophy of Red Balloon;

b. co-operate with the other staff in the running of the Centre;

c. respond to any perceived need for in-service training;

d. attend staff meetings and INSET when possible.

To be considered for this role you will need:

● Experience with working with groups of young people 11-18 (essential)

● Knowledge of basic IT skills (essential)

● Interest in sports and physical activities (essential)

● Professional Youth Work Qualification (desirable

● Current, or very recent, experience of working with young people aged 11-18 (essential)

● Experience of working with students with a very wide range of abilities and interests (essential)

● Confidence to build upon students’ interests and ideas within a

negotiated curriculum (essential)

● Good subject knowledge of IT and PE curriculum (essential)

● IT skills for teaching and record keeping (essential)

● Understanding of the impact of emotional well-being upon a

student’s ability to learn and vice versa (essential)

● Interest and abilities to oversee special needs provision across the

school (desirable)

For further details, please download the job description and person specification below.

Role Description

Youth Worker

Application form

Youth Worker

Apply now

To apply please complete an application form available at the link above. CVs are not accepted for this post.

Please email your application form including details of your suitability for this post to or post it to

Jessica Lechner, Coordinator
Red Balloon 57 Warkworth Terrace

Any offer of employment will be subject to references and Enhanced DBS check.

Closing Date

Please email your application form to: or post it to Jessica Lechner, Coordinator, Red Balloon, 57 Warkworth Terrace, Cambridge, CB1 1EE

CLOSING DATE for applications is Monday 9th October 2023. Shortlisted applicants will be notified on Tuesday 10th October and invited to prepare a task for presentation at interview. Interviews will be held on Friday 13th October. Please keep the interview date free.

Red Balloon is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All appointments are subject to suitable references and an Enhanced DBS check.