borough of Lewisham, ensuring young people have safe places to go, positive things to do and can
benefit from inspiring relationships with professional youth workers. We are an umbrella for youth
provision and work with other organisations who share our values and aspirations.
With support from Lewisham council we were established in 2016 as a community benefit society.
They are owned by our staff and young people – the first in the country to be jointly owned by young
people and staff.
We run 10 youth clubs and adventure playgrounds across the borough including Riverside Youth
Club in Deptford (see profile below). We also commission targeted services including music and
dance projects, outreach work with young people at risk of knife crime, Scouts groups and more.
Altogether we reached over 5,000 young people in 2016 aged 9-18.
We have a team of brilliant professional youth workers and experienced managers who design youth
programmes that relate to the neighbourhoods in which they are based. They know the young
people and the local area, making Youth First the partner of choice for external organisations
wanting to work in Lewisham.
The Project Manager will undertake the following tasks:
1. Set out and deliver a clear project brief including a plan that leads to the submission of a full
proposal to the Football Foundation by the end of September 2018.
2. Work closely with the core partners, Youth First, Millwall Community Trust (MCT) and
London Borough of Lewisham (LBL) to develop the proposal.
3. Work with LBL to secure Section 106 funding to support full neighbourhood consultation on
4. Work with partners and in particular staff at Youth First and Riverside Youth Club to manage
community consultation events and gather views and opinions.
5. Work with LBL and other partners to engage an architect and quantity surveyor to prepare
costed designs for the refurbishment and the preparation of a final budget to submit with
6. Work with LBL to identify any planning requirements and other legal issues that may impact
on the submission of the proposal.
7. Work with Lendlease and other developers, including Lewisham Construction Hub to explore
the potential of engaging young people as trainees and apprentices in the refurbishment.
8. Convene monthly meetings of the partnership, take notes and circulate.
1. At least 3 years’ experience in a related role in construction project management and
completion of relevant Assessment of Professional Competence or RICS Qualified Chartered
Project Management Surveyor.
2. In-depth knowledge of design and construction operations and trades.
3. Able to maintain project management procedures and record keeping appropriate to the
nature of the building proposal.
4. Able to demonstrate leadership and decision-making qualities.
5. Able to communicate effectively and with empathy to a wide range of people including
technical experts, senior local authority staff, community leaders and young people.
6. Able to remain calm under pressure and resolve difficult situations in a timely manner.
7. Good team building and problem solving skills.
8. Experience working in a community setting, ideally with an understanding of youth work and
/ or community sports programmes.
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