Connections Bus Project

The Connections Bus Project is reaching up to 250 young people a week across 14 communities!
More and more young people are relying on the youth services of The Connections Bus Project. Attending weekly youth clubs aboard our double decker buses, building based projects and our courses. At a time when government resources are low – young people are enabling us to expand! Here’s how:
Securing funding from local Parish Councils and funding applications we are able to offer:
• Visits to Eversden, Oakington, Sutton, Haslingfield, Cottenham and Warboys on our double decker youth bus.
• Open-access Youth Clubs in Histon, Milton, Sawtry, Willingham and Caldecote
• A 10-week babysitting course
• A 10-week Generation Game Project – which is taking place in 9 East Cambs and Fenland villages and currently includes Bottisham, Burwell and Soham.

Our recent survey of young people attending our projects drew up the following results:
• 98% of young people enjoy our youth activities
• 95% of young people said our youth workers are easy to talk to
• 97% of young people said they feel safe in our venues
• 62% of young people said our clubs were the only youth activity they attend
Due to the success of our projects, we need to expand our Staff Team. We have a number of vacancies available including:
• Youth Workers
• Course Leaders
• Volunteer Drivers
• Trustees

Person specification to be a part of The Connections Bus Project team
• A passion for supporting young people to achieve their potential
• A desire to help young people to get the most out of life
• The willingness to listen and not judge

Senior Youth Worker (Life Skills Programme) 15 hours a week
A short-term project from March 2019 to October 2019 delivering life skills programmes in rural villages in the East Cambridgeshire and Fenland Area using one of our youth buses. This will involve four 1.5 hour sessions a week over 2 evenings providing a variety of positive activities, including the opportunity for young people to create their own social action project.
Application deadline: 07 December 2018
Sessional Youth Workers
We require a number of committed individuals who have the skills to engage positively with young people during youth work sessions on our youth bus or youth club settings. Sessions can start at 4pm or 7pm across Cambridgeshire.
Application deadline: open ended

Course Leaders
Due to the success of our Babysitting and Generation Game Programmes (see website for further details) we require Course Leaders to deliver our bespoke 10-week courses. Sessions can start at 3.30pm or 6pm across Cambridgeshire. These courses help young people build their confidence, knowledge and abilities to be a good babysitter or visitor to the elderly.
Application deadline: 30 November 2018

Volunteer Drivers
Fancy joining the team to drive one of our buses?
We have a range of opportunities for those who hold a full-driving licence (category B – car) for at least 2 years and be aged over 21. Having a valid HGV or PCV license would be a bonus. We will provide appropriate driver training for the vehicle.

Trustee vacancies on our Management Committee
We are looking for two new Trustees to join the Management Committee, which meets formally about four times a year. Matters arising between these formal meetings are dealt with by the committee using mainly email. Trustees also have the opportunity to get involved with specific issues as they arise.
Trustees need to be over the age of 18, have enthusiasm, sound and independent judgement and strategic vision, can work effectively as part of a team, and can devote the necessary time to the charity’s work. They must not be disqualified by law from acting as a charity trustee or nominee.

To find out more or apply for any of these vacancies please visit our website: www.connectionsbusproject.org.uk and submit an application or contact Alan Webb admin@connectionsbusproject.org.uk.

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