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Youth Engagement Lead, Friction Arts


Job Summary

An exciting opportunity to work with Friction Team to support existing Highgate Youth Provision, and develop outreach work with our local partners. This will lead to initiating an open access youth offer at the Edge in 2025, following completion of our refurbishment programme.

Job Description

This is a new position we have created as our projects and company continue to grow. Working closely with the board and Management Team, you will be responsible for the delivery of our 'Youth offer'. We have a broad portfolio of responsive work currently, which shifts and changes at our communities' requests, and our artists' inspiration. Examples of current and previous projects can be found on our website. Each project has their own team of artists, support staff and management structure. We already have an established weekly 'Art Club', 'Multicultural Music Making' team and 'CREATE', our Youth panel. You will be working with our Art Club team and with CREATE to make sure all activities are steered and led by young people.

Your responsibility will be in supporting successful delivery of our socially-engaged, youth-centred programme of creative work with Young People locally. It is an exciting time for Friction in developing our venue and working with local organisations ready to expand our youth offer to include open access activity in our newly refurbished Edge building. We are already working closely with other members of Highgate Cultural Action Area.


Depending on experience, in the range of £29,000 to £32,000 pro rata.


Flexible working hours approximately 3 days per week. We do not operate overtime, instead a TOIL system is in place.

Responsible for:

No direct line management initially. Shared responsibility with Projects Manager for sessional Youth Workers/ Support Artists/ Volunteers.


Mobile phone, laptop, pension administered via NEST, training, advice and mentoring.

Job Requirements


  • DBS check: you are working directly with young people.
  • Our recruitment checks, induction and ongoing support and supervision reflect our commitment to safeguarding young people.
  • Minimum JNC 3 and at least 2 years Youth Worker experience


  • Empathy for and understanding of the needs of young people
  • An understanding of Safeguarding and Health and Safety policies and practices in th e workplace
  • Ability to understand and communicate the needs of young people to a range of stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Excellent time management and strong organisation skills
  • Capable of developing, maintaining and reviewing administration systems to achieve maximum efficiency
  • Discretion, judgement, and experience of dealing with sensitive information

Job Responsibilities

  • Working directly with young people to develop their social education and creative voice by providing and leading programmes of activities, services and facilities
  • Establishing contact with and guiding young people as part of local programmes
  • Supporting and empowering Young People to have their voices and stories heard
  • Connect with young arts audiences, the wider community, creative and cultural programmes locally
  • Providing advice and support to local community groups and agencies
  • Working with the Friction Team and other agencies to develop services
  • Assisting in the motivation, retention, developing and support of staff and volunteers
  • Contributing to service development by planning, delivering and monitoring of provision
  • Implementing equal opportunities, safeguarding and all relevant Friction policies, including completion of risk assessment for all activities
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with young people and community groups
  • Supporting with Youth Offer

How to Apply

The deadline for application is Wednesday 23rd May 2024, midday.  We will aim to notify candidates as to whether they have been shortlisted by Monday 27th May 2024.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter to manon@frictionarts.com by the deadline of Wednesday 23rd May 2024 midday.

Interviews will be held in the week starting 3rd June. Please allow 3 hours for the interview process. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed on production of receipts.

If you’d like further information you can email manon@frictionarts.com or for an informal chat telephone us on 07511 482528.

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