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Southend YMCA is an equal opportunities employer.

We are an independent, local charity working with and for children, young people and the communities of Southend and surrounding Essex areas. 

We believe in building and developing our workforce, to be able to provide the best possible service to the people we work with. 

We are an Investors in People accredited employer and have won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services.


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Work Placement

Current Vacancies

Below you can find our current vacancies, role summaries and detailed job descriptions.

Sessional Bank Staff

With a multitude of education and recreational projects requiring sessional input, we are always particularly keen to recruit experienced Youth Workers, Support Workers, Coach / Mentor and Music Professionals to join our bank of staff.


Interships are a great way to gain skills and experience!


If you are interested in a career in the Charity sector, watch this space.

Work Placement

Do you need a placement to complete your vocational training?

We can accommodate placements in social work, counselling and youth work.


Deputy Manager - Children's Home (mYplace) - for more information about this role CLICK HERE

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Children’s Home Manager

Forecast start date: August 2021


Department: Health and Wellbeing 


FTE: 1.0FTE Working 37.5 hours per week with some rota working 


Benefits: Annual leave 32 days per year (inclusive of bank and public holidays to be taken flexibly)


Duration of Contract: Permanent 


Salary range: £38k-£55k dependent on track record of achievement. 


Location: Southend YMCA, the ‘Homely Space’, Southend on Sea, Essex SS 

About Southend YMCA

Southend YMCA is a growing, high-quality charitable group, comprised of A young persons’ Housing Association, an Alternative Provision Free School (Ofsted Good), a wealth of innovative youth work projects, and now a Children’s Home. We design projects for and with children and young people in the local community to address their needs and aspirations and transform their lives.  Please see the Job Description for further details on the transformational work we undertake.

The role

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Children’s Home Manager to mobilise and deliver Southend YMCA’s new Children’s Home. The ‘Homely Space’ will accommodate up to five children with social, emotional and behavioural needs (primarily between the ages of 11 to 16, with the option of staying up to 18 or until a suitable move on provision is secured).


The Manager will have high aspirations for vulnerable children.  We are looking for an inspirational Leader and Manager, capable of sound judgement and a clear vision for children’s care, a psychologically informed approach, coupled with tacit ‘know how’ that will guarantee safe, effective and innovative operational delivery.  

The Manager will meet and uphold the Children’s Home Regulatory Standards and safeguard and holistically develop young lives. We anticipate taking our first children at the end of 2021 or early in 2022 with gradual planned placements building to 5 children.

Main Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Manager will work with Southend YMCA’s Responsible Individual and the wider team (social care, psychological and educational consultants) to operationalise the home and apply to Ofsted for registration. This offers the post holder a unique opportunity to shape the service bringing their knowledge, creativity and reflexivity to bear during the development and pre-opening phases. 


The Manager will lead on the safer recruitment and ongoing development of a talented multi-disciplinary staff team, building the culture and working approaches to assure the home’s success. We aspire to achieve an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ judgement.


The Manager will create a containing and developmental space for children to live and grow. Every detail of the home should be cohesive and fit for purpose from the maintenance of safe, homely spaces and routines; to insightful assessment, care planning, behaviour management and record keeping systems; through to creating fun and enjoyable activities and experiences with and for children.


The Children’s Home will be focussed on Southend Children. The Manager will work systemically with other professionals and key agencies across the town to create a seamless offer for children. They will ensure effective outreach support to ensure children make and sustain effective transitions when they move on from the home. 


This is an exciting development opportunity to work for a vibrant and dynamic charity transforming the lives of young people in Southend.

Key Experience And Qualification Required 


  • At least 3 years experience in social care leadership

  • At least 2 years working in a position relevant to the residential care of children (in the last 5 years)

  • At least 1 year in a role requiring the supervision and management of staff working in a care role

  • Level 4 Diploma (or higher) in Leadership for Health and Social Care of Children’s and Young People’s Services (or equivalent) and willing to complete Level 5 Diploma within 3 years of being in post

  • An enhanced DBS check will be conducted on successful candidates as the candidate will come into contact with vulnerable children

  • Knowledge of child development and attachment, a trauma-informed approach, behavioural approaches to protect children and thematic and contextual safeguarding.

  • The Children’s Home Manager must satisfy the legal fitness requirements and complete all checks required by Regulation 28 (Schedule 2) of the Children’s Home Regulations (2015) for Ofsted registration. The burden of proof is with the applicant rather than with Ofsted. So the proposed Registered Manager will need to demonstrate that their experience and qualifications are ‘relevant to children and young peoples’ residential care services.

  • A Degree or equivalent in a related field such as education, psychology, social work (desirable)

  • A Children’s Home Manager achieving no less than Ofsted Good at Inspection (desirable)

Contact Details/Informal Queries:

Syrie Cox MA Responsible Individual

Southend YMCA is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and building a diverse community. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of their protected characteristics. It is an Ofsted requirement that Registered Manager submit to a medical assessment by Ofsted to confirm they are fit and proper and that this requirement falls under an Objective Justification necessary for the performance of the role.


Volunteer Mentor

Application Deadline:


Brief Description: 

We are looking for volunteers who are eager to make a difference in their own community and make a difference in the life of a young person. The mentor will regularly meet up with a young person offering a friendly ear, support and guidance and advice on making positive life choices. There will also be a need for the mentor to build a relationship with the young person’s parents/guardians, although the main focus is the young person.


Important Info:

  • Full training will be given and a DBS check will be required (no cost involved).

  • Applicants must be over 18.

  • Must be able to commit to 2 hours a week.

Role Description:

A mentor will be expected to regularly meet up with the young person and do things together that are fun and engaging. You must be a good listener and be able to engage in conversations with the young person to encourage them to develop important life skills. You will always set a good example to the young person and encourage positive
behaviour. You will play an important role in helping a young person achieve their full potential and build on the young person’s strengths.

We require no formal qualifications – the only thing on paper that we need is DBS check. If you are a parent you will immediately bring direct experience of relationship, of different responses to authority and of a wide range of attitudes and behaviours.

You will be able to reflect on life experiences where you personally have faced difficulties and challenges in life, with which you gained essential learning and understanding about many of the experiences that a young person will face.


Mentors will need to be able to show empathy to a young person and see things from the perspective of the young person. It will be important to help the young person develop empathy for others.

Non-Judgemental Approach:
An absolute vital quality of a good mentor is that he or she will not be judgemental towards a young person. There will be times that mentors will disagree with choices being
made and behaviour patterns, however maintaining a trusting relationship relies on mentors avoiding making judgements and avoiding criticising the young person.

Motivation to see Young People Succeed:
It is important that mentors show a motivation to see children and young people succeed in life. Often this can be expressed as an understanding of the difficulties and challenges vulnerable young people might face. It can also be reflected in a mentor looking beyond the behaviour of a young person to see the root causes, to see the reasons why they may be behaving this way. The mentor wherever possible seeks to encourage and praise the positive decisions and changes young people make.


If you are interested in becoming a mentor please complete the application form and send to

Breast Feeding Support Worker

Application Deadline:

Friday 31st May 2019 @ 5.00pm



Brief Description: 

We are looking to recruit a Support Worker to add capacity to the work of the ABSS-funded Breastfeeding Support Groups.

Important Info:

Successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.

Please read our Application Guidelines before completing the application form

Job Description:

The UK has one of the world’s lowest breastfeeding rates, and many women stop breastfeeding before they wanted to, due to lack of support. The purpose of this project is to provide community-based, welcoming groups so that mothers feel supported in their choice to start and continue breastfeeding.


You will need to have an empowering, empathetic and non-judgemental approach, with experience of supporting breastfeeding mums and having completed relevant training in breastfeeding support. Practical experience of running or assisting with any groups in the community (such as toddler groups, craft groups etc.) would also be very useful.


You will need to create a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment in which new mums can come and discuss breastfeeding issues and build positive relationships with others. Ability to maintain accurate written notes and records is essential, and when information needs to be shared, this should be done in an appropriate and agreed way.

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