Youth Engagement Worker

Location: Bristol
Closing Date: 20th Mar 2023
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Employment Type: Employed

About Us 

akt is the UK’s national LGBTQ Youth Homelessness charity.  We provide safe homes, mentoring, and support to ensure that no young person needs to choose between a safe home and being who they are.  Currently 24% of young people facing homelessness in the UK identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender, and 77% cite abuse and rejection by their families after coming out as the primary reason for seeking help. The charity was founded in 1989 and operates service centres in London, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and works online through a digital service providing support and opportunities for e-mentoring across the UK.   In 2012, akt opened the UK’s first emergency safe house for young LGBT people in the UK.  akt works with over 2,000 vulnerable young people a year providing both face to face and online assistance.

Job Summary

This is a part time role, working 21 hours per week over 3 days. The pro rata salary for this role is £15,000 per annum (£25,000 per annum full time equivalent). 

The role will involve the provision of youth engagement activities to a diverse range of LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or living in a hostile environment. Our focus is in maintaining our ability to provide the highest service possible, giving our young people the opportunities to access peer support, community engagement and life skills. Overall, we aim to support LGBTQ+ young people into safe accommodation and work or education and prevent them from becoming homeless again in the future.

In this role you will:

  • Work as part of the Youth Engagement team to engage LGBTQ+ youth in a programme of meaningful activities designed to promote wellbeing and support young people to meet their personal goals.
  • Ensure young people are meaningfully engaged in the co-creation of akt’s services and projects.
  • With the support of the Youth Engagement Manager and Youth Engagement Coordinator develop, facilitate and grow akt’s LGBTQ+ youth work programme in Bristol and the Southwest.
  • Facilitate group work and peer support sessions and complete risk assessments.
  • Develop and grow our programme of LGBTQ+ national and regional youth events.
  • Work with young people and colleagues to explore the potential for national/regional trans youth events and activities.
  • Support young people to be involved with the development and creation of an ever-growing collection of online/practical resources and videos to provide advice, support and reassurance to LGBTQ+ young people, on issues and topics that matter to them most, in conjunction with Digital Services and Marcomms Teams.
  • Support fundraising and business development activities in relation to the growth of our youth work and youth engagement work.
  • Support young people with opportunities to be involved in participation events.
  • Support the Youth Engagement Manager and Coordinator to engage young people in research opportunities and sharing experiences to shape best practice for external partner agencies.
  • Engage with external providers on intersectionality to ensure groups are inclusive and accessible at the service.
  • Support planning and delivery of youth conference.
  • Support youth engagement activities in other cities as required.


Application deadline: 9am on Monday 20th March 2023

Interviews: Thursday 30th March 2023

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