Job Ref: 926
YMCA Fairthorne Group is a community-based charity with a serious ambition to grow our already successful social enterprise model. Our purpose allows people the opportunity to lead happy, healthy lives. We achieve this through bringing people of all backgrounds and abilities together in YMCA places and delivering effective programmes.
We operate throughout Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton from 30 venues. Our programmes include 13 early years settings, Daycamps, community activities and housing for young people.
YMCA Fairthorne Manor works with over 20,000 children and young people each year, primarily through our outdoor education and play based programmes where we engage children 4 years and upwards on both a residential and day basis. We encourage people to build positive relationships, foster confidence and self-esteem and provide an opportunity to try new challenges. To achieve this, we use a wide variety of outdoor activities including canoeing, climbing, abseiling, archery and high ropes as well as a fun and enjoyable residential programme.
During term time we deliver a diverse outdoor education programme to school and community groups. In the school holidays, our popular Daycamp programme offers exciting opportunities for up to 500 children aged 4-16 years old per day. Our range of programmes include children*s birthday parties, family open days and community activity sessions 7 days a week year round.
You will be responsible for instructing and maintaining all activities on site. These include high/low ropes, paddlesports, archery and initiative exercises. You will provide a positive example of leadership and ensure best practice is delivered in all activities at the centre. You will also be responsible for providing certain parts of the residential experience at Fairthorne Manor. Joining in with serving food in the dining room, running evening entertainment sessions and supporting the estates team to improve and maintain the facilities at Fairthorne.
Duties and Responsibilities
To engage children, young people and the wider community in outdoor activity sessions.
To provide a high standard of instruction across a range of different outdoor activities for people from 4 years old to adult, with differing abilities, including those with special needs.
To promote the YMCA Way during your work
To ensure the correct and safe use of appropriate equipment.
To have an awareness of the customers' aims and objectives, and, wherever possible, meet all requirements.
To be part of the residential duty system on a rotational basis, including performing duties as a 'Linker' liaising with specific groups during their stay, running evening entertainments, providing supervision during meal times and responding to any issues.
To assist with duties in the dining room at meal times on rotational basis.
To make the appropriate Head of Department aware of any defective equipment.
To take an active part in activity maintenance on a regular basis.
To be aware of, and put into practice, all Health and Safety regulations.
To understand and follow all operating procedures and risk assessments.
To act in the interests of your own safety & the safety of others at all times.
Person Specification & Key Competencies
At least one of the following qualifications:
UKCC Level 1 in Coaching Paddlesports/BC Instructor
ERCA Ropes Course Instructor
CWA/CWI (with abseil module ideally)
GNAS/Archery GB Instructor
Experience of working with groups of young people in educational, youth or sporting environment will be an advantage.
First Aid qualification
Skills / Abilities
An outgoing and welcoming personality, able to communicate well and engage a wide range of people, including children, staff and group leaders.
Able to enact our values of being welcoming, listening, caring, inspiring, exciting and active.
A responsible attitude to all aspects of your work.
A genuine enthusiasm for working with children
A genuine enthusiasm for the work of the organisation.
An aptitude for and interest in a wide range of sports.
Confident at height and in water
Willingness to learn new skills and undergo training.
Understanding that this is not a '9-5' role and will require unusual working patterns
Commitment to adaptability. You will be asked to help with other departments at times.