National Local Groups Officer

Salary 30,000 per annum + N.I. £6,040.44
Hours 40 hours per week
Holiday 25 days per annum
Notice 20 days for leave up to one month. 10 days for leave up to one week
Age Applicants shall be aged 16-25
Travel Considerable travelling to various parts of the country needed
Your job will be to develop New Naypic / Youth Parliament's local groups / constituencies and to help promote and develop New Naypic / Youth Parliament's ideas, policies and practices in as many ways as possible.

NEW NAYPIC / YOUTH PARLIAMENT's Structure

You will be answerable to the National Executive Committee which will be voted in at the NAGM. Although you will be managed and answerable to the N.E.C., regional and local Management committee you will be expected to work with them to decide on actions and policies, also to encourage and enable them to take part in as many aspects of your work. Possible. You will be required to distribute monthly written National developments and work reports to each regional Management Committee. Records must be kept on all expenditure throughout the months. You will also be required to produce your written work reports to the NEC meetings where your work program will be under continuous review. You will be based in one of the regional offices on a permanent basis or in the Youth Parliament HQ when we have a building, however being the Local Groups Officer, you will be expected to decide on strategic developments of the setting up of local groups in every local authority across the country.

General Office Duties

You will have access to all NEW NAYPIC / YOUTH PARLIAMENT administrators Including first and foremost the National administrator. You will be expected to keep a good filing system of all your outside activities and developments. You will be required to do most of your own general office duties, such as paperwork; Incoming and outgoing mail, filing. Orders Invoices accounts and dealing with telephone enquiries concerning the setting up of local groups/constituencies. You should keep the National administrator in touch with what you are doing, so as to share the office duties with him or her. The National administrator should be conversant with all your outside work activities.

Newsletter

All workers are expected to produce articles on developments for the National Newsletter.

Casework

If you are passed on information regarding young people needing help, in other words casework you should first pass this to the National Development Officer, who will delegate it to the appropriate Regional Office and Development Officer. You should not undertake casework yourself unless requested to gather initial information until such times as the National Development Officer can refer the case to NN/YPs legal department or a childrens panel solicitor.

Meetings and Media

You may be involved in local publicity whilst setting up a New Naypic / Youth Parliament local group. Priority in these cases should always be given to hearing the local Young Peoples voices first and foremost You must encourage them to promote their opinions to create local activities and change. You will abide by New Naypic / Youth Parliament media guidelines. On request, you will be asked to attend a lot of important development meetings within the organization As well as this you should support members when they are organizing meetings to set up a New Naypic / Youth Parliament local groups. You can do this by attending, if possible, speaking and encouraging Young People to speak and express their view. You will also be expected to be conversant with all New Naypic / Youth Parliament policies, publications and current developments.

Setting up a local New Naypic / Youth Parliament group

You may be requested to attend an area, which is interested in the setting up of a Local Group. It is clearly outlined in the New Naypic / Youth Parliament publication 'how to set up a Local group', the organizations view as to the type of local groups we wish to set up. The aim of the local group / constituency will be to be able to survive with out funding, through business. Each group will be self sufficient.

It will be your job to use your own Initiative as well as others to achieve this goal. Essential to this is the organizing of local volunteers, identifying permanent and committed volunteers. Organizing local meetings, the setting up of the local Management Committee in accordance with the Local Group pack. You will be involved in development of strategies and step by step guides so you can leave the young people to go for it and get on with it, using you then only as support from time to time. It will be a Get in, Set up, and Get out Support approach. You must also provide the Young people with all the information, knowledge links and guidance they need to do it for themselves.

On a National level, we would wish you to make links with organizations such as Central Council for Education and Training of Social Workers, Citizens Advice Services, Ocean Youth Club, a National Building Society, National Counseling organizations, the princes trust youth business section etc.

The links would be to establish a basis for implementing National activities in all local groups, such as a Consumer Training Week for Social Workers on the C.Q.S.W. Course. Sailing and water sport activities available to young people. Nationally, a deal with a National Building Society that they maybe give a £2,500,00 setting up donation to all local groups in return for our local groups banking with them. A Job Club in the Local Group. Advice on how best to set up our Counseling Services in the Local Groups. The child care panel solicitor's in the local area, the Princes Trust business development for the local area etc.

Obviously, these are only some examples of the National links we that will need to be made in order that the Local Groups have clear directions on what they are there to provide for the rights and opportunities for young people in and ex-care and youth in general.

Every part of the Local Group plan so far, as outlined in the publication, has room for development and that is your job, to find the easiest, quickest and most effective way of putting Local Groups and the benefit of them toNew Naypic / Youth Parliament on the map.

As the National Local Group Worker, you will be required to set up the,' National Local Groups Committee'. This group will consist of representatives of New Naypic / Youth Parliament, Who have maybe set up or In the process of setting up a NEW New Naypic / Youth ParliamentLocal Groups. The groups will meet to discuss Ideas developments, feedback, achievements, problems and to help co-ordinate a National Supportive approach for all Local Groups also to build and develop better channels of communication between New Naypic / Youth Parliament and their Social Services Departments to create changes in child care policy.

A word of advice, plan carefully and strategically we don't want our National Local Groups worker over stretching themselves and setting up lots of groups with not enough support.
If one Local Group is set up properly, it is a model basis for the rest to be set up properly and to provide the best we can achieve. This may take time but it is essential to set up the local groupÕs efficiently and effectively.

Membership

All new members will be sent a comprehensive membership pack they will be encouraged and kept informed of all New Naypic / Youth Parliament activities and meetings. This can be done through regular mail shots or the National Newsletter. You will also work with the administrator on keeping the membership up to date, and you will recruit new members.

National Matters

New Naypic / Youth Parliament has a National Annual General Meeting, which will be arranged for all members throughout the county, by workers, NEC, MCs, Local Groups, Unpaid Workers, and Volunteers. You will ensure that representatives from each local group attend. You will do this by meeting up with the Local group representatives and ensuring there is no breakdown in communication Nationally. So when the National organization meets at the NAGM all planÕs arrangements etc. will come together correctly.

Keeping on moving towards change

To ensure New Naypic / Youth Parliament's future development we must look after our own organizations membership, NEC, MC'S. Local Groups Workers. Volunteers and Advisors. As you will have a National overview it is essential that you keep the NEC well informed of any potential problemÕs within the organization, so as to change situations, before it develops. The organization is open to change in all aspects including the structure. Feedback is essential and so are new ideas to keep unity and strive for change. If it creates development, it's your job to ensure it.

The Advisors

The advisors group is compromised of friends of New Naypic / Youth Parliament. They are only concerned with New Naypic / Youth Parliament in a supportive and advisory capacity. They should be available for you and other members/workers etc, to contact them whenever necessary.

Mail-outs

You will be required to send monthly mail-outs or information via e-mail, to your NEC of any Important letters and information that come Into the office, so that the NEC know what is going on. You will also produce a National Work Report Annually for NAGM

Fundraising

You will work in conjunction with the finance/fundraiser on essential fundraising that keeps the organization ticking over. Any fundraising initiatives can also be discussed with the fundraiser.

Personal Awareness

Employees must be aware of Equal opportunities practice in New Naypic / Youth Parliament. That is to say that any forms of sexism, racism, homophobia or prejudice against physically challenged will not be tolerated. New Naypic / Youth Parliament must ensure that the equal opportunities policy is practiced and promoted wherever possible within the National Organization.

Disciplinary Procedures

In the event of disciplinary action or grievance, the mechanisms of our disciplinary and grievance procedures will be implemented.

Person's Specifications

Experience

(1) Having Been in care
(2) Communicating with young people at all levels
(3) Organisational experience personal or professional

Knowledge

(1) Good Knowledge of the issues faced by young people in care.
(2) Some awareness of the relationship between the media and Issues relating to young people in care.
(3) Knowledge of the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004.
(4) Knowledge of the Criminal Justice Act 1992.

Skills

(1) To be able to represent the organisation at internal and external meetings.
(2) To be able to maintain our web-site on local constituencies ideas and developments.
(3) To be able to have good written and verbal skills.
(4) To be conversant with ms word and internet explorer.
(5) To be able to help organize the creative activities of the organisation in conjunction with other workers.
(6) To be able to play a major role in conference organising.
(7) To be able to talk to Government officials and the press.
(8) To be able to do speeches.

Circumstances

(1) Must be able to give commitment of carrying out the work of the organization alongside our members.
(2) Must be willing to learn new skills.
(3) Must act professionally at all times when dealing with the organizations business.

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