Community Interviewers (through the Kickstart Scheme)

Job title: Community Interviewer (or Peer Researcher)

Salary: National Living Wage

Location: Remote – national vacancies, with specific hiring streams in Corby and the West Midlands

Hours: 25 hours per week

Contract: six month fixed term contract

About The Young Foundation

Connected, thriving communities are the foundation of our society. They keep us safer, happier and healthier – more resilient and able to face shared challenges. Today, The Young Foundation’s mission is to enable the development of connected, more sustainable and stronger communities across the UK. We do this through amplifying the stories and lived experiences of people in our communities; using this to drive locally-led community action and enterprise. We use what we learn across different communities to spot national patterns of need and opportunity, then work with national partners to support new ideas to tackle those shared challenges. Bringing together our own – and other people’s – work, we are building a shared body of evidence, tools and insight about how communities are taking action on the issues that affect them.

About the role

The Young Foundation is offering multiple 6 month employment opportunities to young people to be trained and work as community interviewers (or peer researchers) through the Kickstart scheme. We are looking for people who are curious and open-minded, who are keen to learn from and talk to other people about their experiences and opinions. As a community interviewer working for The Young Foundation you will be trained and employed to talk to people in your local community and people in your ‘peer group’ (other people around the same age as you) about specific issues, challenges or topics that matter to them. You do not need any previous experience – we are looking for who are eager to learn about the world around them.

Working with The Young Foundation, you will be trained and supported to undertake a variety of research tasks and get involved in conducting peer research projects. You will be responsible for:

  • Attending training sessions in peer research with The Young Foundation
  • Learning about and then using peer research methods to deliver projects with other Kickstart Peer Researchers
  • Recording and taking detailed notes of the research you undertake
  • Maintaining accurate records and up-to-date monitoring information
  • Reflecting on, writing up and sharing your findings with the Young Foundation team
  • Responding and adapting to any issues with research participants
  • Attending sessions and meetings with the research team and the partners we work with
  • Participate in learning sessions with other Peer Researchers
  • Plus any other relevant duties as required by The Young Foundation

Helpful skills to have

  • The ability to communicate with a wide range of different people
  • Interest in research and a curiosity about issues that matter to you and other young people
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • A ‘can do’ attitude
  • A willingness to learn
  • Good organisational skills

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

These jobs are available thanks to the Kickstart Scheme – a Government programme to deliver funding for employers offering new job roles for 16 to 24 year olds who are currently in receipt of Universal Credit.

How to apply

Get in touch with your job coach and apply via your local job centre.

The selection process will consist of a virtual interviews.

We actively encourage people from Black and Ethnic Minority or other under-represented groups to apply for this role. Please complete our equality and Diversity monitoring form and send alongside your application (this will not impact your application).

You must have the right to live and work in the UK. Applicants who require a work permit in order to take up employment will not be considered.

The Young Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We regret that we will only be able to reply, and give feedback, to short-listed applicants.