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Job Vacancy: Youth Development Officer

Job Title: Youth Development Officer

Hours of Work: Fixed term contract terminating on 23rd April 2022.

1 day per week (8 hours) equivalent, flexible working is essential. Days/evening of work will be agreed upon appointment. 

Workplace: Based in Wolverhampton and working across the Black Country and the surrounding areas, as required.

Zebra Access, a local Deaf charity based in Wolverhampton, has secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund to develop services for Deaf people over the next 5 years. This new project will address the main needs of Deaf people in Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas by providing appropriate access to information and services. This project will see a Community Hub developed, where service users can go to discuss their issues, be signposted to appropriate services and be supported in their preferred communication method (i.e. British Sign Language, sign supported English, lip-reading etc.) The project will also aim to develop an accessible society to meet the communication needs of Deaf people, by offering community and youth development, advocacy and communication awareness services. The Youth Development Officer will be instrumental in supporting the development of Deaf youth community hub and its services, with support from the Project Manager and Community Development team.

This is a new project funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and candidates applying for this role will need to:

- Develop and deliver youth activities and events for local young Deaf people and communities.

- Be a self-starter and be able to work on their own initiative.

- Be a fluent BSL user.

- Have experience of working and communicating with young Deaf people in a variety of settings.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about:

- Young Deaf people.

- Supporting, inspiring and mentoring young Deaf people.

- Ensuring that young Deaf people are enabled to express their views and opinions.

- Increasing societal awareness of deafness.

- Working towards eliminating the barriers that Deaf people face on a daily basis.

If you feel that you are the kind of person we are looking for to lead and deliver this project, please download here for further information including job description. You can contact Chris Beech at or on 01902 421919 for an informal discussion or for details of the job description/person specification.

How to apply:

- Send your CV and covering letter, stating why you feel you are the best person for this job, by email to: or by post to: Zebra Access, Creative Industries Centre, Wolverhampton Science Park, Glaisher Drive, Wolverhampton, WV10 9TG.

- OR request an application form by emailing: or via post at: Zebra Access, Creative Industries Centre, Wolverhampton Science Park, Glaisher Drive, Wolverhampton, WV10 9TG.

Application deadline: 5pm of 24th May 2017.

Interviews: Date of interviews to be confirmed within 2 weeks after the deadline.


Zebra Access CIO provides services and support to Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing people with thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund. Services includes Employment Services, English/Maths tutorials, Advocacy, Community Development, BSL/Deaf Awareness, drop-in sessions dealing with a range of queries, complaints, form filling, and many more. Zebra Access staff and volunteers have the right to work in a safe and abuse free environment. The organisation will not tolerate any kind of abuse against its staff, volunteers or property.

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