Youth Engagement Link Worker – Edberts House

Job Title: Youth Engagement Link Worker

Responsible to: Health Equity Lead: Children, YP & Families (CYPF)

Hours: 37 hours per week

Flexibility for evening and weekend work essential

Fixed term contract until 31.03.25

Salary: £26,775

Benefits: 25 days holiday per year, plus statutory holidays – pro rata if less than 37 hours

Location: East Gateshead

Organisation Context:


Edberts House is a well-established and thriving charity based within Gateshead. We aim to build happier, healthier, and friendlier communities.  We do this through connecting people to one another, to good support and to decision makers, to influence and change the balance of power.

There are currently three main strands to our work – our Community Linking Project (Social Prescribing), our Health Equity Project (HE) and our Community Development & Engagement Team (CDE).  CDE Team currently manages:

  • 4 community houses – Edberts, Larkspur, Highfield and Pattinson House
  • an innovative inter-agency project in Beacon Lough East

The post is based in the East of Gateshead and the holder will report to the Health Equity Lead: CYPF.

The post holder will work within family homes, schools, in the community and across Edberts House buildings and GP practices as well as other locations as and when required.

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Job Purpose:

To work as part of a team, alongside the Health Equity Lead: CYPF and other partners to actively listen to the needs of young people, their families, and the wider community by:

  • working closely across the CYPF and Community House Teams to provide consistency and meet increasing demand.
  • offering person centred support by finding out what matters to the individual and enabling a practical hands-on solution to identified need.
  • helping to shape and influence local service provision through the development of weekly activities.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • To ensure the ethos and values of Edberts House is integral to working practice including peer-to-peer support.
  • To successfully complete all mandatory training required by the position.
  • To offer emotional and practical support to young people and their families in the community. This will include supporting a caseload and helping to plan and create responses to their needs.
  • To build a trusting relationship with young people and their parents / carers to help alleviate social isolation and increase capacity.
  • To communicate with partners and support agencies in the best interest of the young person and family.
  • To support the delivery and implementation of activities within Edberts House buildings. This will include organisation, promotion and delivery of trips, one-off events and regular activities.
  • To pro-actively develop partnerships relevant agencies, including schools, in the area to offer appropriate, accessible services for young people and their families.
  • To understand safeguarding issues and escalation processes within Edberts House, and GP practices to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.
  • To pro-actively monitor and evaluate services provided – this will include active participation in any associated research projects.
  • To maintain records of all work undertaken and its impact by contributing to regular reports by ensuring accurate and timely data is entered into EMIS.
  • To maintain accurate financial records to help manage petty cash, company card, income etc.
  • Any other reasonable duties as required by the Health Lead: CYPF.

For an application pack please email:

For further information about this post please email Ed Greenfield (CYPLE Lead) at: to arrange an informal chat. 

Deadlines for application: 12 noon on Monday 22nd April 2024

Interviews are anticipated on Thursday 8th May 2024