Belfast Area Lead Youth Worker - Application Form

The team at Dreamscheme are on a mission to help young people thrive. We're creating opportunities in the heart of communities where 11-18 year olds can learn with friends, do meaningful work and benefit from rich experiences. 

At the foundation of our work is a Christian ethos. We believe in the worth and potential of every young person regardless of their background and have a deep commitment to making a difference. 

Our vision is to deepen our youth work, while reaching more young people in Belfast, Castlereagh, Antrim, and beyond. 

Our programme has three core themes:

(1) Connect - Where young people learn together with friends

(2) Projects -  Where young people do meaningful work

(3) Experiences - Where young people have defining moments 

We approach our youth work with the following core principles:

Intentional Relationships

There are too many absent parents and broken relationships in the world. We serve young people best by simply being present, staying involved and getting intentional in how we encourage them.

Informal Learning

Dreamscheme is not like school. We create spaces where young people can learn what they want, choose what to take part in, and have fun with their friends along the way. We put an emphasis on learning by doing, and by encouraging young people to express themselves authentically.

Long-term perspective

Growth takes time. The journey through adolescence and into adulthood is one full of many ups and downs. We are here for the long-run and keep believing in the potential of each young person.


Job Title: Area Lead Youth Worker (Belfast)
Hours: Full time
Salary Scale:  £22,500-25,500 per year (pro rata)
Location: Dreamscheme Belvoir & Braniel Hubs, Belfast Office and remote

The purpose of the Belfast Area Lead is to plan, develop and lead Dreamscheme programmes in South and East Belfast, with a focus on our Belvoir and Braniel youth hubs.

This is a great opportunity for you to develop your career in a growing organisation.  

In your role you will help young people stay safe and out of trouble while providing positive youth development opportunities for them to:

  • develop connections with peers and role models
  • develop life skills and leadership capability
  • develop their beliefs, values and character 
  • develop confidence and sense of self-worth 
  • contribute to their family, community and society

You will work with young people in a variety of settings as needed, including our own youth centres, local schools, and on the streets.

Working Hours:

  • This job will require regular evening and occasional weekend work.
  • Initially, this role will require availability on two evenings per week.
You'll need to:

  • Lead and support hub youth workers, young leaders and volunteers
  • Assess the needs of young people to plan and deliver relevant & effective programmes across South and East Belfast 
  • Recruit and engage young people to take an active part in programme activities
  • Build relationships with young people based on trust and respect, while establishing boundaries and challenging inappropriate behaviour
  • Support local schools programme if required, including individual mentoring
  • Set targets, regularly track progress and review the quality of local youth work provision
  • Maintain records of information and outcomes and complete evaluation reports for funded projects 
  • Establish strong and ongoing relations with vital community stakeholders including parents, council officers, teachers, police officers, and church leaders
  • Capture local content and prepare updates for our newsletter and social channels
  • Participate in regular training and development
  • Plan local fundraising initiatives


You will have:

  • Sympathy and buy-in to Dreamscheme ethos
  • An up-to-date understanding of the issues affecting young people’s lives
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working with young people in a relevant context
  • Recognised youth work qualification
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with young people and stakeholders
  • Experience of effectively leading youth groups and managing difficult behaviour
  • Planning and organising skills, including initiative and creativity
  • Track record of being a team player
  • Full driving licence and use of car

You may have:

  • Knowledge of local community
  • A degree level qualification in youth work
  • Relevant capabilities including excellent creative or sports skills

If you have any queries relating to the post, please email
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