Youth Worker

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Fixed Term Full Time


The Parish of Keighley in partnership with St John’s Ingrow are seeking to appoint an energetic, imaginative, experienced and suitably qualified person to the position of Youth Worker for Keighley.

This is an exciting opportunity as part of the ministry team in Keighley Parish, working with clergy, mission apprentices and volunteers to realise the parish vision for effective youth and family ministry.

Able to connect with young people both inside and outside of church you will be passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus and committed to nurturing faith in our youth.

Keighley is a ‘Resourcing Parish’ in the Bradford Episcopal Area in the Diocese of Leeds and is an exciting place to be.

The appointment is for an initial period of 3 years. Hours are full-time constituting 37.5 hours per week. Salary is £22-24 per annum (depending on experience)

Closing date for applications is 11am on Thursday 2 July 2020. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 7th July 2020. Provisional starting date in August/September 2020.
An application pack and form are available by emailing
For further information or an informal chat please contact Rev Mike Cansdale on 07545566898.

Overall purpose of post
To lead and grow Keighley church’s’ youth programmes, develop leadership pathways for older youth, enhance town wide outreach.
• Lead existing youth programs across the parish:
- Creating an environment for youth to grow spiritually
- Creating relevant evening activities for youth to attend
- To encourage mentoring and discipleship
- Preparing and sourcing materials for church youth activities
- Guiding and overseeing volunteers in delivering discipleship teaching
- Regular feedback to the parish.
• Leading and developing youth and community programmes:
- Developing separate age appropriate weekly youth clubs
- Develop and manage a mentoring and discipleship program for and between the youth
- Managing communication, and building relationships with other partners such as the youth service; Urban Saints; Emerge; CLiKS; X-Site
• Developing local secondary school work:
- Building relationships in our local schools
- Developing extracurricular activities
- Supporting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development curriculum where appropriate

We would expect you to develop the role according to your gifts and as new opportunities arise, but your main responsibilities will be as follows:
• To build opportunities within our youth programme that enables young people to learn about Jesus and choose to follow him.
• To lead and grow teams to deliver youth work in the churches in Keighley and communities
• To envision, equip, support and resource youth work in the churches and communities
• To plan and arrange youth events for young people from across the town
• To organise attendance at Christian summer youth camps
• To establish links with other church-based youth workers and youth organisations such as the Air cadets, Sea Cadets, Scouts, Guides etc in the area
• To work with the town chaplain in building links into Keighley College
• To work in partnership with the church leadership to produce a strategic plan for the ongoing youth and young persons' ministries of the church
• To assist in making funding applications for specific projects
• To represent the needs and views of the youth to the wider church, or to enable where appropriate, the young people to do this for themselves
Generic Responsibilities
• Regular participation in worship at a Keighley Parish Church, being an active member of that church family
• Ensure that all parish policies including safeguarding and health and safety are followed
• Meet regularly with appropriate colleagues and attend weekly staff meetings
• Keep accurate records and monitoring of work undertaken, including regular reports to PCC and when required for grant funders.
• Develop links with community partners and local schools to grow youth work in the community
• There is a genuine occupational requirement for the postholder to be a Christian and be prepared to work in the context of the Church of England and Parish Mission Statement.

Personal Qualities


Committed to the spiritual and personal development of young people
- Have a sense of fun and creativity
- Be able to engage young people from different backgrounds and a sensitivity towards young people who may have low self-esteem and confidence
- Self-motivated and able to think creatively, generate ideas and act on own initiative
- Competency with ICT
- Knowledge of key legislations affecting work with youth and young people
- Confidence to work independently
- Ability to lead and inspire others
- Clear and confident communicator
- Friendly and approachable and an ability to appropriately build relationships
- Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
- Sensitivity to working with young people and staff from all faiths and cultural backgrounds
- Willing to work flexible hours
- Ability to work efficiently and accurately under pressure and prioritise tasks
- Commitment to continuing professional development
- An ability to reflect theologically on youth/ young person's work


- Confidence with dealing with a variety of stakeholders and community partners
- Good sense of humour



- Training in Children's, Youth or Community Work


- Theological training
- Educated to Degree or Diploma level in youth work



- Minimum of two years experience leading youth and young people
- Experience of delivering relevant and accessible community youth work
- Awareness of youth and culture and issues facing young people
- Proven experience of working with secondary aged young people.

- Proven experience of work in an educational context.
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team
- Experience of organising events
- Experience of developing new initiatives.
- Experience in leading and developing teams
- Ability to produce reports, and to present at parish church council meetings
- To have an oversight of the young people’s groups across the parish


- Experience of paid youth work
- Experience of working in a school or other educational context

General Knowledge


- Demonstrable pastoral skills
- Ability to plan, organise and prioritise effectively
- Ability to be creative in forms of worship
- Ability to be a champion of diversity
- Use of multi-media equipment for presentations


- Ability to build teams of volunteers



- Enhanced DBS clearance (A DBS check will be carried out after the appointment is made)
- A committed Christian with a lively faith and active member of a church


- Full driving licence and access to a car

Our Story
The town of Keighley is situated eleven miles north-west of Bradford and has a population of approximately 50,000. A prosperous mill town, renowned for its engineering, during the industrial revolution Keighley today is a challenging place with areas of high deprivation and a multicultural population struggling to live well together. With a back-drop of significant decline in four of the five parishes that make up the town, new ways of sharing resources and working together have been explored, culminating in the formation in 2016 of a united parish of Keighley (made up of four of the former parishes). Stipendiary roles have been re-imagined ensuring an outward focus, the town centre church has been revitalised by a transplanted congregation, new projects are growing and developing, and all churches are now showing signs of new life. The Diocese has designated Keighley as a ‘Resourcing Parish’ in its Strategic Development Fund (SDF) bid for the Bradford Episcopal Area and there is a sense that things are starting to move. In the past year we have appointed an Operations Manager, three part-time Mission Apprentices and are now looking to appoint a full-time Youth Worker to replace our previous part-time post holder. This is an exciting time to be part of Keighley Parish.

Our Context
According to the 2011 Census the age profile data shows that Keighley is a very young town - 29% are children and young people under the age of 18, a significantly higher percentage than the national average of 21%. With regard to religious adherence 38.2% of people registered as Christian, 37.1% as Muslim, 17.6% as having no religion, 6.2% did not state and 0.9% were from other religions. According to the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) data 2017, Keighley Parish is counted 378 out of 12,544 parishes across the country. This is based on measures such as education, employment, health, housing and crime, and shows that our parish is within the top 4% of the most deprived parishes in England. The presenting issues for young people in Keighley include: isolation, mental health problems, addiction (alcohol and drugs), low aspiration, poverty, segregated communities, crime and the fear of crime etc. This post will have a range of work within our churches, out in the community and working into our secondary schools. There are volunteers in our churches to help with this work but a wider team needs to be developed.