Serving the people of Berkhamsted

The Swan Youth Project

The Swan Youth Project is a youth drop-in centre situated on Berkhamsted High Street. We have been here for the young people of Berkhamsted for over twenty years providing a safe and fun environment in which those visiting us can unwind after school. It is a matter of choice whether that is simply with a drink and some food or taking part in the varied organised activities. We also offer evening and holiday events.

It was with great sadness that the trustees of the Swan Youth Project decided not to reopen its doors due to Covid-19, feeling that until we could do so safely, we would be better to remain closed. During the last six months we have not been idle and have used the time to refurbish the Swan and work towards a time when we can open safely and within government guidelines. We are constantly revaluating the situation and can assure our members, parents and all interested parties that we will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

Senior Youth Co-ordinator

The Swan Youth Project seeks a Senior Youth Co-ordinator who shares our passion to provide a vibrant youth centre that supports the personal and social development of the young people within the local community.

What is the Swan Youth Project?

As a community charity, the SYP aims to serve the young people (aged 11+) of Berkhamsted and surrounding areas as a drop-in centre (generally between 3.30 - 6.00pm) and provider of holiday time activities.

The position is part-time and involves 20-25 hours per week (fixed during term time and requiring some flexibility during school holidays).

Salary of £24-26k full-time equivalent (negotiable dependent on skills and/or experience).

The Swan Youth Project is committed to making a difference to the lives of its young people, and as such the successful candidate must show a willingness to demonstrate commitment to the values and behaviours which flow from its ethos.

Some of the Key Responsibilities within the role are:

  • Deliver positive after school youth activities in an active and vibrant youth setting;
  • Deliver a programme of age appropriate sessions during the school holidays;
  • Build appropriate relationships with and support young people;
  • Recruit, lead and inspire a team of youth workers and volunteers;
  • Build a rapport with and understand the current issues that affect young people;
  • Coordinate with the Admin assistant to ensure the Centre runs smoothly; and report to the Board of Trustees.

You could be successful in this role were you to:

  • Bring a recognised qualification and/or equivalent experience in youth work;
  • Have experience of mentoring young people in a community setting and on a 1:1 basis;
  • Be self-motivated, with proven ability to take initiative and organise your own
  • time; and
  • Have relevant and up to date safeguarding qualifications, and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people.

In return, the Board of Trustees will offer you:

  • a competitive rate of pay; and
  • their support and engagement to ensure the Swan thrives.

How to apply?

Please send your CV and in no more than a thousand words, convince us that YOU are the person who can make a success of this position and inject new life and vibrancy to the Swan Youth Project.

You can do this by emailing '' together with any questions that you may have.

We will acknowledge your interest and review all applications after the closing date of Monday, 30 November 2020.


The Swan Youth Project seeks additional trustees who share our passion to make this vibrant youth project the best it can be for the young people of Berkhamsted.

What is the Swan Youth Project?

The Swan Youth Project is a registered charity limited by guarantee and governed by its Articles of Association.

Youth services are at its core. It provides the young people of Berkhamsted and the surrounding area, with a safe and secure recreational facility supported by a programme of events and activities. We enable young people to successfully engage in informal education while being supported, heard, valued and respected. This enables them to become valued members of the community whilst adding to their self-worth.

The current trustee board consists of five members, all of whom are unpaid volunteers. Day-to-day operations are managed by paid sessional youth workers of varying levels of experience.

What are the Trustees' responsibilities?

The Board of Trustees is the ultimate governance body for the Swan, serving as stewards for its resources. We are responsible for setting its strategic direction to enable it to maximise its benefit to the young people it serves. We oversee financial and operational management, working closely with our staff and volunteers. We also ensure we comply with charity and company law.

What does the role involve?

We meet once a month which along with preparation amounts to an average of three hours a month. As a small charity, individual Trustees take responsibility for specific issues ranging from funding and finances through to safeguarding and programmes, HR issues, etc. using their previous experience.

Who are we looking for?

First and foremost, we are looking for people who are enthusiastic about youth and can make the accompanying commitment to join our team. You may already have experience of youth services or a related area which you could bring to the Swan.

Beyond that, you may value the local contribution that you can make, provide new perspectives that are complementary and/or bring an additional skill or experience to the Board.

You will have some successful experience of working co-operatively within a similar group. Indeed, you may have been a past member with an additional perspective to now provide.

As a responsible Board of Trustees, we want to bring onboard additional skills and experience, provide new perspectives and creativity, spread the governance workload and enable smooth succession as trustees leave.

We continually look for trustees as our needs keep changing so do please get in touch at any time.

How to apply?

Please send an email setting out your interest, CV and any other information that you consider relevant to '', together with any questions that you may have.

We will acknowledge your interest and review all applications after the closing date of Monday, 30 November 2020.

Last updated: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:06