Bede House has been helping local people for over 80 years to improve life for themselves, their families and the community in the London Borough of Southwark.

Youth Adventure Project

Youth Worker (Part Time) – Bede Centre, London, SE16

About Us
We are Bede House Association, a multi-purpose charity working with the local communities of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe in the London Borough of Southwark.

Our Bede Youth Adventure Project provides clubs, detached youth work, adventure residentials and practical learning and support for over 150 local young people aged between 8 – 19 each year. Our New Bede Centre is being developed and is expected to open in 2022.

We are currently looking for a Youth Worker to join us on a part time basis and support the successful delivery of the Bede Youth Adventure Project.

The Rewards
– Salary of £12.69 – £13.58 per hour DOE & qualifications
– Pension contribution
– Flexibility regarding working hours
– 25 days’ holiday pro rata

If you’re a qualified youth worker with great communication skills and drive, this is an incredible opportunity to help empower and support young people in challenging circumstances.

We have a big emphasis on adventure and run activities throughout the year that are fun, thought provoking and encourage young people to try out new things. Last year, we went horse riding in the forests and gorges of South Wales. This year, we have plenty planned over the summer, including trips to Legoland, Southend beach and Alton Towers.

So, if you are passionate about supporting young people within your community and want to make a difference as part of a friendly team, we want to hear from you.

Your Role
As a Youth Worker, you’ll help to deliver a range of activities for young people, including clubs and residential programmes.

During term time, you’ll co-lead clubs and detached youth work sessions over four evenings a week (Monday to Thursday). During the school holidays, you will deliver a daytime holiday programme over three days a week.

Specifically, you will:

– Get involved with a range of adventure activities, including kayaking, dry slope skiing, rock climbing and quad biking
– Encourage issue-based discussions with young people on subjects such as sex and sexuality, alcohol and drugs, gender, careers and education and violence and gangs, among others
– Ensure that young people receive the support and help they need to thrive
– Occasionally drive our minibus to support activities (full training will be given)

About You
To join us as a Youth Worker, you will need:

– A Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work
– To be comfortable using your initiative to co-lead a youth club and detached youth work sessions
– Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills
– A positive attitude
– A full driving licence

Other organisations may call this role Support Worker, Youth Club Co-ordinator, Youth Support Worker, Young People’s Support Worker or Youth Support Co-ordinator.

This is a part time role, working 18 hours per week. Your schedule is flexible and will be agreed within the normal working week of four evenings from Monday to Thursday.

Detached sessions are currently on Thursdays for three hours between 3pm and 8.30pm. Clubs run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4.30pm to 10pm (your start and finish times will vary within this framework). There is occasional weekend work and overnight residentials will be paid as overtime or TOIL as agreed.

During school holidays, the programme of activities will take place during the day time, with three days of activities running within a time frame from 11am to 5pm.

The deadline for completed applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 6th August 2019.

Interviews: details will be shared with short-listed candidates.

Please contact the Project Manager, Fokrul Meah on 07979 386 215 if you would like to discuss this post informally.

To apply, download an application pack:

  1. Job advert
  2. Applicants covering letter
  3. Part-time Youth Worker job description
  4. Application Form
  5. Application form guidance
  6. Information about Bede

Bede is an Equal Opportunities employer, registered charity 303199


Volunteering Vacancies

Starfish: Support for people affected by Domestic Violence

 Volunteer Counsellor Placement

We are currently offering counselling placements for counselling/psychotherapy trainees wanting to specialise in Domestic Abuse, within an innovative service which works from a Holistic approach. It is essential that you have a qualification or be working towards a qualification in counselling / psychotherapy and be in the 2nd year of a diploma with a BACP/ UKCP framework. An understanding of working with trauma and excellent communication skills are essential. Ideally we would want the candidate to commit to a placement of at least 6 months.

About Bede Starfish Project
The Bede Starfish Project works with people affected by Domestic Violence. Our aim is to help build communities where everyone can be free from fear of violence, no matter who they are or where they come from. We offer advice and support to help female and male clients take action and rebuild their lives. Based in Southwark, we work across the whole borough to help people from all backgrounds build their confidence and be free from abuse.

Role Spec
• At Bede we follow the ethical framework of the BACP. The counsellor should follow these guidelines

• At Bede we work within a Person-centred therapeutic approach

• Each client has a caseworker attached to them and the role of counsellor and caseworker is clearly defined.

• To ensure the safety of clients and the integrity of our work, it is vital that the counsellor and caseworker role is not blurred.

• The counsellor will be expected to help clients manage their emotional wellbeing. Any practical matters that arise should be directed to the allocated worker.

• The counsellor should be able to build a therapeutic relationship with clients and set aims within 6-12 week blocks of one hour counselling sessions

• The counsellor should keep clear records of clients’ attendance and relevant case notes of the sessions

• The counsellor should raise any safeguarding concerns to the onsite supervisor and the Bede Starfish manager

Qualifications and Skills
• Qualified or working towards a qualification in counselling/psychotherapy with at least 150 supervised client hours within the BACP/ UKCP framework
• Knowledge of Domestic Abuse
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent listening skills
• To be non-judgemental and impartial
•To be honest, reliable and committed

Practical Considerations
• 2 client hours per week (this is negotiable)
• Fortnightly 1 hr clinical supervision
• Weekly supervision with project manager
• Induction to Bede
• Training on essential procedures and safeguarding

If you would like to discuss any aspects of the application please call 0207237 9162 or email:

To apply, download an Application Form


Learning Disabilities Project

We are looking for volunteers to help with our allotment, wildlife and art groups. Mondays – Fridays between 9.30 and 3.30pm.

You can choose your day(s) and whether you do a morning or afternoon session.

We can offer supervision and the opportunity to attend training courses. We will reimburse your fares and you can have a free lunch if you volunteer all day.

Contact: Theresa Jones on 020 7237 8930 –

Youth Adventure Project

Sharing skills with young people e.g. IT, media, sports, music etc. Most evenings 6pm-9pm.

Contact: Fokrul Meah on 020 7231 6027


Occasional volunteering for various projects e.g. to co-ordinate an archive of old photos, to help with community events, e.g Fun days, London Marathon and various small jobs

Contact: Gwen Green on 020 7237 3881