- Contract, Part Time
- Community Development, Social Work, Youth
- Not For Profit (NFP)
- Job posted on: 12 Jul 2019
- Applications close: 28 Jul 2019 (expired)
The Venny was established in 1981 and is a free communal backyard and adventure playground designed for children and young people aged 5 to 16 years. It is situated in JJ Holland Park, adjacent to the Kensington housing estate. The Venny is a unique community cultural space that supports intercultural play, therapeutic support and social cohesion. The Venny caters to the particular needs of children and young people who are experiencing social disadvantage and trauma in complex family environments. Mental illness, unemployment, drug and alcohol addiction, family violence, disability, ethnicity, cultural difference, refugee experiences and socioeconomic disadvantage are commonly experienced in these families. The Venny helps to build bridges of trust, increase life opportunities, build socio emotional capacity for children and young people and break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage. The Venny’s mission is to engage vulnerable children and young people in prevention and early intervention play based education and support programs within a therapeutic environment made up of trees, plants, vegetables, food, water, fire, sand, earth and animals. Our vision is a community where all children and young people have the capacity, support and networks to participate fully in life and make positive and healthy choices.
The Youth Development Specialist (Boys and Young Men) will provide therapeutic support and mentoring to young men who attend the Boys Group on a Friday night and engage with children and families who engage with the Venny. The role will include one-to one support and facilitated workshops to build the young men’s interpersonal, socio-emotional skills and community connections. The role will also include stakeholder management, partnership development, report writing and program development.
Please see attached document for full job description and key selection criteria.