Participation and Engagement Worker

1625 Independent People
£24,012 - £25,481 per annum
Contract Type: 
Full Time
37.5 per week
Contract Details: 
Fixed term to 31 July 2022 (may be extended depending on funding)
Details of Role: 

Reboot West helps care leavers across the region to succeed in education, training, and work. It is an innovative programme, trialling the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to enable young people to develop psychological flexibility and fulfilling lives. We are now expanding the programme and are seeking a participation and engagement worker to run group activities and increase service user involvement in the design and running of the programme. 

Please find full details of how to apply via our Website in the advert below. The deadline for application submissions is 23:59, 23 August 2021. To have an informal, in person chat about this role, any other current vacancy, or about working for the organisation in general please drop into our open day happening at Easton Community Centre on Wednesday 11 August 2021, 11:00 – 19:00. For more information about this open day, please find the flyer linked in the vacancy webpage (linked below).

We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups and men as they are currently under-represented in our organisation. We’d also like applications from people with relevant lived experience. If you are concerned about the application process, please give us a call.  

1625 independent people are a leading youth homelessness charity based in the South West, working with over 2,500 young people. We have strong local partnerships and adhere to the best practice in the sector.  We build trusting relationships between our young people and our colleagues and this is at the core of our work.

What we are looking for in you:
•    You are passionate about working with young people and have a track record of quickly building relationships with young people who have experienced a range of challenges in their lives.
•    Your enthusiasm and creativity will motivate young people and bring new ideas to the team about how to engage young people and enable meaningful participation.  
•    You are proactive and organised, adept at planning group activities and able to cope with last minute changes.
What you will be doing:
•    You will be running engaging activities for groups of Reboot young people, enabling them to build supportive relationships with other young people in the service and feel part of a Reboot community.
•    You will enable young people to be involved in shaping and delivering services as well as making sure young people’s voices are heard and influence decision makers. 
•    You will work across four local authorities (Bristol, BaNES, N. Somerset, South Glos) offering participation opportunities in all areas.

You will be in the Reboot West team. Your line manager will be one of the Reboot West team leaders.

What we are offering: 
•    An opportunity to develop skills in ACT and other psychologically informed approaches.
•    30 days holiday plus the usual Public and Bank Holidays.
•    A supportive team of Reboot Coaches.
•    Opportunities to learn and reflect including monthly group reflective practice and regular group clinical supervision.  
•    Flexible working hours.

Contract details: 
•    Hours per week: 37.5 (this represents full time hours)
•    Contract type: fixed term to 31 July 2022 (may be extended depending on funding)
•    Pay: £24,012 - £25,481 per annum
•    The location: You will be based in Kingsley Hall in the centre of Bristol, close to Bristol’s main train and bus stations. You will also be required to do some work with young people across the West of England area (Bristol, BaNES, S. Gloucestershire and N. Somerset). 


Closing Date: 
Monday, 23 August, 2021 - 23:45
How to Apply: 

•    To access the Job Pack and complete an online Application Form, please visit the vacancy page on our Website:
•    To have an informal chat about the role, please contact Mark McCarthy on 
•    If you have any queries, please email

Important dates: 
•    Application deadline closes: 23:59, 23 August 2021.
•    If you have not heard from us by 31 August 2021 please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. 
•    Interviews are on 01 September 2021. If you cannot attend on that date, we may be able to accommodate an alternative time.  

Covering Letter / Supporting Statement Guidance:
Please note that the online application form cannot be saved until it is fully complete.  We recommend that you prepare your Covering Letter before you start the online application.  

Your Covering Letter is essentially your Supporting Statement and will form the most important basis on which your skills, experience and behavioural competencies will be tested against the job criteria.  Without it, your application cannot progress to the shortlisting stage. 

You should refer to the Person Specification document within the Job Pack and cover only the elements that are tested at this stage of the recruitment process.  Elements that only have the word ‘interview’ next to them will be tested at the next stage of the process and do not need to be covered in your letter.  

Please try to keep the word limit to 250 words per criterion. 


Equal opportunities for everyone:
We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check. 

We believe those with a criminal record should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers.  We also pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, religion and beliefs, sex and sexual orientation. 

Please see our Policies section on the website, for further information.   If you need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process, please let us know as soon as possible. 

Contact Person: 
Lucy McMillan
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
Postal Address: 
1625 Independent People Kingsley Hall 59 Old Market Street Bristol BS2 0ER