Youth and Play Manager

Southmead Development Trust
£31,923 to £33,877 (with pending cost of living rise in April 2024)
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 10 January, 2024 - 09:00
Contract Type: 
Full Time
37 hours
Details of Role: 

Is success for you to see children and young people flourishing?  Do you have extensive experience of working with these age groups?  Are you enthusiastic about planning and delivering a diverse range of activities for families in Southmead?  If so, we want to meet you.

Come and join our exceptional staff team at Southmead Adventure Playground (The Ranch).  Our newly renovated, community run centre for youth and adventure play is a special place where connections are made, confidence grows, and children and young people thrive. You will manage the staff team and our youth and play programme.  With excellent opportunities to connect across the Youth and Play network you will be responsible for delivering our existing sessions as well as having the freedom to creatively develop our offer.

Location: Based at the Southmead Adventure Playground (The Ranch) and Greenway Centre, Southmead, Bristol, BS10

Holiday & benefits: On payroll includes 33 days annual leave pro rata (inclusive of Bank Holidays), occupational pension, free membership to Greenway Gym and classes.

Contact: To arrange a chat call Will Dorney, the current Youth and Play Manager: tel: 07903 552 592 email:

About you

  • A 3 years + experience of working with Children and Young People and the legislation and safeguarding responsibilities around this.
  • Experience of managing and leading a team
  • Creative and ideas driven, with experience of planning and delivering a range of community-based youth or play programmes.
  • The flexibility to travel locally and work outside of core office hours
  • Excellent inter-personal skills with the ability to relate to and build strong relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Knowledge and understanding of individual issues facing young people and ability to draw teams around, and advocate for, young people who would benefit from personalised programmes of support
  • Energetic and outgoing, committed to creating innovative, sustainable and high quality opportunities for Children and Young People.
  • Willingness to champion the values of the Trust: Positivity, Integrity, Excellence, Welcoming and Entrepreneurial.
How to Apply: 

Describing how you fit the Person Specification, please email a cover letter and your CV to:

Interviews will be held on Monday the 15th January.

Contact Person: 
Will Dorney or Charlie Ferdinando
Contact Email: or
Contact Phone: 
0117 950 3335
Postal Address: 
Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 5PY