Referral and Activities Coordinator

Contract Type: 
Fixed term
Part time
Application deadline: 
Monday, 31 January, 2022 - 12:00
Fixed Salary
Pro Rata

A copy of the full Job Description and Person Specification is available to download from our website: . Applicants should email their CV along with a detailed statement explaining why you are applying for this post and why you’ll be successful in its delivery. Email address for applications:

US is a mental health charity founded in 2016 operating across Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham.

Our work is based on the premise that when many young people experiencing mental health difficulties participate in sports and physical activities, they improve their mental and physical health, whilst developing confidence, social skills and personal aspiration. US provision feedback confirms this, as does the growing demand for our services.

Our aim is to encourage our participants, aged between 12 and 25, to embed physical exercise into their lifestyle permanently. We respond to the needs and interests of individuals and fund:

· One to one activities for young people not ready to join a group

· Small group activities for progression or an ‘at risk’ group

· Support into community provision

Our provision is expanding, with keyworkers supporting and progressing young people onto and throughout their US journey. Since 2016 we have worked with 300 plus young people following referrals from 28 partner agencies, parents and self-referrals. We have built a network of referral agencies from the health, care, education, training, justice, community and voluntary sectors. A diverse range of activities are delivered by coaches, tutors and trainers from our bank of outstanding, approved providers. Below are some of the activities delivered:

Fitness Training, Yoga, Boxercise, Running, Archery, Cycling, Ice-skating, Horse riding, Dance, Bowling, Football, Badminton, Self-defence, Gymnastics, Circus Skills, Zumba

The Referral and Activities Coordinator :

US is focussed on providing young people with personalised, face to face support to engage with sport and exercise. A period of development and growth has allowed us to develop a new role of 0.5TE Referral and Activities Coordinator. They will ensure that we provide effective, enjoyable and bespoke provision for young people. The successful postholder will work alongside and complement the work of the US Youth Engagement Officer. Together they will ensure that young people experiencing a range of mental health difficulties and pressures engage in US activities, enjoy and benefit from their experience, leaving with a progression plan and enthusiasm for a lifelong engagement in sport and physical activities.

The Referral and Activities cooordinator will network with key referrers, follow up all contacts and meet with young people, families and professionals, and activity providers to organise appropriate activities, chosen by the young people.

Once the needs and interests of young people are established and the young person is engaged to complete an initial assessment and set personal goals, the postholder will organise all elements of the programme including selection of activity provider, venue, day and time. They will introduce the young person and where appropriate family members and referral agency staff to the activity provider. Timely organisation will be vital to build on the momentum of the referral, leading to a successful engagement.

The post-holder will allocate the on-programme support to the Youth Engagement Officer who with keyworkers (if required) will support young people intermittently throughout their programmes. Both postholders will on occasion attend/visit classes with young people. The post-holder may, occasionally, within their allocated time also act as a key-worker for some young people. A joined-up approach will enable the two postholders to formally monitor and evaluate the impact of provision on young people and the quality of programme delivery.

The postholder will need to be flexible to respond to the needs of our partners and the young people. As we work with young people a proportion of hours will be outside of the school day for example: weekday afternoons and early evenings, weekends and school holidays - we will agree the working pattern with the successful candidate. There is no central US office and when the postholder is not undertaking work with young people in the community they will work from home. Travel and work related expenses will be paid.

Prior to commencing employment with US, the successful candidate must hold an Enhanced DBS clearance and provide satisfactory references.

Applicants should ideally have a background in one or more of the following: sport and fitness: health and social care; education or youth work.

Reference ID: 21-004 Referrals and Activities Cooordinator

Contract length: 12 months

Part-time hours: 18.5 per week

Application deadline: 31/01/2022