(MDXSU) Youth Work Assistant


Middlesex University
2 Months
4 hours a week
Smart Casual




This job is part of the Middlesex University Students’ Union’s Community Placement Scheme and is only available to current students of Middlesex University. The scheme has been established to ensure students are paid London Living Wage (£10.55) to put your studies or interests to use practically on placements whilst helping the local community. The scheme is designed to boost student employability and increase collaboration within Barnet and beyond.
We would recommend visiting www.mdxsu.com/community-placements before submitting any applications.

Organisation description

Barnet Refugee Service aims to preserve and protect the physical and mental health of those who are seeking asylum or who are granted refugee status, to advance their education and training opportunities, to assist them in adapting to a new community, to relieve their financial hardship, to provide recreation and leisure activities, to improve their conditions of life and to educate the public in general about the issues relating to refugees and those seeking asylum.
Our Youth work aims to help young refugees and asylum seekers to develop personally and socially through various programs. Our projects include a weekly Social Evening, a Football Team, a film project, other sports activities, and day trips and residential trips.
If you would like to find out more please visit our website at www.barnetrefugeeservice.org.uk
The project that you will be involved in will be the Youth Group, which is supporting refugees and asylum seeking children with an emphasis on those who have suffered trauma, abuse and neglect by supporting them to develop their self-esteem and capacity for resilience. Our youth activities aim to develop young people’s voice and influence, building their confidence and sense of place in society, and enabling them to reach their full potential.
You will be responsible for assisting and coordinating the activities for the Youth Group which run every Thursday from 5.30-7.30 at Middlesex University. You will have to:
• Assist in the organisation of the sessions. This will require you liaise with the Youth Worker to ensure that the room and materials or equipment required for the session is ready before the start of the session.
• Support the Youth worker during the session on Thursdays from 5.30-8pm
• Be able to plan sessions to cover for the Youth Worker if he/she is unable to attend a specific session.
• Take part in the activities and exercises

• Ability to work effectively under pressure and to tight deadlines
• Strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and plan a workload effectively
• Proactive and determined
• Understanding of and empathy for refugees and their specific issues
• Strong interpersonal skills. Must be able to work well with others in addition to having leadership skills
• Cultural-awareness, understanding and respect for different cultural backgrounds
• Creative and resourceful


• Farsi or Arabic language is a plus
• Experience in similar roles desired but not essential
Middlesex University Campus
How to apply

Please note the deadline for this application is 23rd September. Please upload your CV, and answer the following questions in your cover letter (300 words max per question):

1. What interests you about this opportunity?
Demonstrate that you understand the role and talk about your motivations to apply for it; that will help us to get a sense of your personal connection to this placement.

2. Why are you the perfect candidate for this placement?
Demonstrate your skills by giving examples from your previous roles and describe how this experience has allowed you to develop each of the skills listed. Please refer to 'experience and skills' section.

3. Why is this experience important to you?
Tell us about how this role will support your personal development, develop your skills, complement your studies and/or benefit you in the future. Talk about your aspirations for the future and how you think this placement role could benefit the community, as a result why it is important for you to be involved.

4. Are you currently a student at Middlesex University? If so, what course and year of study are you undertaking?

5. Do you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands, or final warnings we should take into account when applying for a DBS check?
Candidates will be shortlisted based on cover letter and CV.

Further Information
We will be completing the shortlisting process as soon as possible following the closing date, and aim to let you know as soon as possible. Please note however that due to the number of applications that the students’ union receives for placement opportunities, we are unable to offer personal feedback on applications. If you need any additional information or if you would like to speak to someone about your application please contact the Community Partnership Coordinator, Sally Bernard, at s.bernard@mdx.ac.uk or 020 84115009.