Pioneer Workers – Children & Families & Young people - URC Northern Synod

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Pioneer Workers – Children & Families & Young people – 2 posts

Post 1: Mid-Northumberland rural churches
Post 2: Durham & Gateshead group of churches

Part Time 20 hours per week, initially for a 2 year period

Salary £24,000 FTE

The Northern Synod is seeking to invest in work with children and young people as it develops its 5 year plan for the future. As part of that plan it is initially seeking to employ a number of pioneer workers to develop existing and initiate new work with children and young people. All of the work takes account of the importance of the family context of children and young people. The URC northern Synod covers the area from North Northumberland to Northallerton.

These new positions provide an opportunity to work with a group of churches to help them pioneer new and develop existing work with children & families and with young people. The posts involves working as a member of the Northern Synod Field team and contributing to Synod strategy for working with children & families and young people. It will be essential that the worker develops good relationships with volunteers in local churches as well as effectively networking with others who work with children and young people.

Post 1: This post is based with the URC churches in Rothbury, Longframlington & Glanton where the work will be focussed.

Post 2: This post is based initially with the URCs in Gateshead (Denewell Avenue & Cromer Avenue) but also, in time, developing activity with Chester-le-Street (Bethel) and Stanley (Christ Church); the focus being on building sustainable activities.

The pioneer workers will be employed by the Synod and a member of the Synod Field team and will be accountable to the Synod Children’s Work and Youth Work Advisors. Local support will be through a locally based steering group. Since the work involves travel, a full driving licence and access to a car are necessary requirements.

This appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK and must hold a current NI number, UK bank account and valid proof of ID (passport or British birth certificate, please go to for more information).

Due to the nature of the job a full driving licence and use of car is essential.

Closing Date: Monday 10 May, 2021

Shortlisting Date: Wednesday 12 May after which those selected for interview will be contacted by e-mail.

Candidates selected will be required to attend in person for face to face interviews and to meet local church representatives in Longframlington for post 1 on Wednesday 19 May and in Gateshead for post 2 on Thursday 20 May.

If necessary due to a change in Covid-19 restrictions the interview will be carried out via Zoom.

Application forms and full details can be obtained by emailing Isabelle Milburn

Any questions or for an informal conversation regarding the post please contact John Stephenson, Youth Work Advisor (part-time) 07849 670210 or email

“In accordance with the Equality Act 2010: Part 1, Schedule 9, there is a an genuine occupational requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian”

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