Whether you are a volunteer wanting to donate your time to help young people and vulnerable adults or a budding employee looking to embark upon your next career adventure – why not apply to join the YMCA community!
Become a YMCA employee
With our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of all our programmes, YMCA is proud to welcome applicants from various backgrounds and possessing a range of different skillsets.
Our organisation is made up of people of all ages and walks of life who work side by side to strengthen communities and enable those we support to become the best that they can be. Read our full Diversity Statement here.
As a diverse charity supporting community development through supported housing, health and fitness, children’s services, youth services and community venues – we have a range of opportunities available from youth work to gym instructing.
Protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults is one of our highest priorities. We aim to ensure that everyone is welcomed into a safe, caring environment and takes a zero tolerance approach to all forms of abuse. Read our Safeguarding policy.
Benefits of working at YMCA
As a values based organisation, YMCA cares about the wellbeing of our staff – that is why we ensure a healthy programme of perks, benefits and opportunities are made available to our employees so everyone can strive to find that perfect work-life balance.
A comprehensive staff training programme is provided and we are pleased to offer contracted staff access to an excellent range of benefits.
Janice Grant, YMCA Housing Trauma Informed Support Counsellor
YMCA’s Trauma Informed Counsellor Janice Grant shares her experiences of supporting young residents with multiple complex needs through the ‘Get Out and Get Active’ programme funded by Sport England, and ‘Getting into Sport’ via YMCA Outdoor Education team.
I’ve seen a vacancy that looks perfect for me. How do I apply?
If you would like to apply for a vacancy, please click ‘Apply Now’ to read the job description and person specification. You will then need to download and complete the application form before sending to email@example.com.
If you are struggling to complete the online form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to help. Please note that we do not accept CVs unless clearly stated in the job advert, and keep in mind that we score applications based on the Person Specification for the role, so ensure you relate your answers to this. You can apply for multiple vacancies at any time.
Will I need any checks before I am employed?
Yes. We will conduct a series of pre-employment checks following a conditional offer of employment. These may vary depending upon the role but, legally, all employees need to demonstrate evidence of the right to work in the UK, and many of our posts require an Enhanced DBS check and two satisfactory professional references.
For night working roles, or if you declare any ongoing health issues, you may also be encouraged to attend an occupational health check. As we conduct these checks, we will keep you informed of the progress. However, the checks can take between 2-8 weeks to complete.
If I am unsuccessful, will I receive feedback?
We will provide feedback when requested following interviews. However, we do not provide feedback on application forms. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date for a vacancy, then please assume you have not been successfully shortlisted.
Will you hold my application on file?
Application forms will be kept for 6 months following submission. After this time, they will be deleted in line with our retention policy as well as compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018.
Will I be working in an office during the pandemic?
Location is largely dependent upon the role for which you apply. For many of our frontline job vacancies – such as working in our hostels, children’s homes, maintenance or domestic teams etc. – you will need to be located on site to ensure our charity can continue delivering high quality life-changing services for our community’s most vulnerable members.
There are some vacancies where staff do not always need to be on site – e.g. some support services – in which case home working arrangements on a full or hybrid (part-office, part-home) basis may be possible for the duration of the pandemic lockdowns if agreed beforehand with your line manager.
It is important to note that all our venues and locations operate a COVID-safe policy in line with all up-to-date government guidelines to ensure our staff team and service users alike can feel safe and empowered at YMCA. Hand sanitisers are in place at every YMCA location with social distancing measures and one-way systems in place where appropriate.
What is your Equal Opportunities Policy and how does it affect me?
YMCA is committed to a policy of equal opportunities in the provision of services and as an employer. We strive to support all candidates and staff with any reasonable adjustments they may need and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.
We also welcome feedback upon ways we can improve our processes. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to comment on our processes in relation to equal opportunities, or anything else that you have seen on our website.
Our Diversity Statement
Read YMCA Robin Hood Group’s Diversity Statement as an inclusive employer.
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