Outdoor Coach – The Seeds of Change
Due to continued expansion, we are currently looking for a positive, enthusiastic and energetic individual to join our coaching team at our site in mid Bedfordshire as an Outdoor Therapeutic Coach .
The role involves delivering our programmes by supporting and developing vulnerable or challenging, disengaged young people using horses, small animals and the natural world. The role is based at our centre in Bedfordshire (MK45) but you may also be may required travel to our other centre in Northamptonshire (NN6)
We can be flexible with the number of weeks of work for the right candidate and these range from 38 weeks per year to a 52 week per year contract depending on the experience of the candidates to meet the needs of the business.
To support the Seeds of Change clients to overcome their barriers to progressing to the next stage of their life, using the TSOC approach while delivering authentic, learner led innovative coaching to meet and exceed individuals’ objectives.
To be an inspiring, innovative and engaging coach, able to support the therapeutic development of young people, whilst also encouraging stretch and gentle challenge to achieve personal or academic goals.
Safeguarding is one of our key priorities and potential applicants should be fully aware of and compliant with Keeping Children Safe in Education legislation. It is our aim to provide an environment where young people feel safe and supported and can achieve their full potential.
You will be required to occasionally travel to different sites and therefore it is essential to possess a car and a full driving license.
We are looking for someone who embodies our core values. This person will be able to demonstrate that they are a team player who is non- judgemental, accepting, empathetic, inspiring, authentic, flexible, resilient, accountable and can use their initiative. Working as part of an established team who put the needs of young people at the forefront of everything.
High levels of personal resilience, innovation and the ability to remain positive are important qualities to have. Our work is in high demand and there are many more young people with SEMH issues to require our help. Our priority is to supporting them and therefore commitment to the role and the team is essential.
Knowledge and Skills
The successful candidate to possess a good sound working knowledge of working outdoors and preferable with small animals and horses.
Previous experience working within the education sector is an advantage and in particular an understanding of school commissioning and the requirements of the curriculum.
Working within disengaged young people who have SEMH issues or exhibit challenging behaviour is also an advantage.
- Maths and English GCSE or equivalent.
- Previous experience of handling or working with horses, small animals or outdoors
- Counselling, youthwork or teaching qualification.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Highly organised and able to work under pressure.
- Responds to change in a positive and proactive way.
- Relates to people of all ages and levels and can communicate authentically.
- Commercial business awareness.
- Respects confidentiality and working within boundaries.
- Works in a way that promotes the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
- Good IT skills are required and as the role develops more emphasis will be on the ability to use technology. Therefore, knowledge or experience of face-to-face media (video, online workshops, facetime, and other interactive platforms) would be an advantage.
Previous experience of any of the following would also be an advantage:
- coaching in a practical and/or classroom setting.
- assessing accredited qualifications.
- working with children with additional learning or behavioural needs.
- working with vulnerable, challenging, or disengaged children.
- supporting young people with mental health.
For full details about the role, please visit the job advertisement here
The Seeds of Change are a progressive, forward thinking organisation who are an equal opportunities employer. Salary is negotiable, depending on experience. Applicants who have Specialist mental health or educational experience may be considered at a higher hourly rate.
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