Youth Worker – Drug and Alcohol Support Hub (DASH) – [Ref 0606] – NO Limits

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Youth Worker – Drug and Alcohol Support Hub (DASH) – [Ref 0606] - NO Limits

Youth Worker – Drug and Alcohol Support Hub (DASH) – Ref 0606

We are looking for dedicated and engaging Youth Worker – Drug and Alcohol Support Hub to join the DASH team to support young people aged 11-24 with substance use issues.

About No Limits

No Limits is the leading youth services charity in Southampton, supporting children and young people in the city and across Hampshire.

At No Limits, it is important our staff and volunteers reflect, represent and have experience of the challenges faced by the children and young people we support. We are proud and appreciate our many staff and volunteers who use their own lived experience to support the children and young people they work with.

With this in mind, we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work and organisational culture – and when recruiting, it’s important to us that we continue diversifying our staff and volunteer teams, with children and young people at the centre of everything we do.

When we talk about talent, we value the transferrable skills and experiences you can bring to No Limits, which can be through work (in the same or a different sector), volunteering or personal experiences. To make sure we get the best talent on our team, we are open to and actively encourage applications from all backgrounds and sections of the community, including diverse ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQIA+, disabled and neurodiverse.

If invited to interview, please let us know if we can support you at interview with any reasonable adjustments, such as flexible working, access arrangements or a suitable place to pray.

Your Role

No Limits are looking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic youth worker to join the DASH team to support young people aged 11-24 with substance use issues. This will entail taking a holistic and collaborative approach to case holding, and will involve assessing young people, devising care plans and offering specialist substance advice and information. DASH deliver a range of interventions including open access, 1-2-1 and group interventions and needle exchange.  

Experience of youth work or supporting people around substance use is highly desirable; the successful candidate may not have this experience but will possess an understanding of the issues young people face and use their application to tell us what skills they can apply to this role.  

They will need to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that young people and their families are able to access appropriate support. A working knowledge of criminal justice and mental health issues is desirable. 

We are committed to making a difference to the lives of the children and young people we work with, and as such you must show a willingness to demonstrate commitment to the values and behaviours which flow from the No Limits ethos. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people is paramount. 

We particularly welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and those who have had experiences similar to the young people we aim to support. We are committed to creating a diverse environment where people can be their authentic self, where their experiences and opinions are valued and we all are open to learn from each other.  

As part of our team, you’ll receive a comprehensive induction and access to learning and development opportunities that are relevant to your role and to support your ongoing development. 

You’ll have the essentials of: 

  • Experience and a working knowledge of effective interventions with young people experiencing substance misuse issues  
  • Ability to build trusting and positive relationships with children and young people, enabling them to make their own informed choices 
  • Ability to work with difficult and complex behaviour, and situations whilst under pressure  
  • Demonstrate effective communication, organisational and time management skills 
  • Ability to problem solve, identifying when a problem needs addressing and come up with workable and creative solutions 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people 
  • Ability to assess the needs of young people, undertake risk assessment and offer suitable interventions 

You may also have: 

  • Experience of and / or a relevant qualification in youth work and / or group work 
  • Knowledge of issues and challenges children and young people may face, such as housing, health and wellbeing, substance use, education / training and family / relationships 
  • Knowledge and experience of the support and services available for children and young people 
  • Experience of partnership and / or multi-agency working with external organisations 

Interested?.. We’d love to hear from you 

If you’d like to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact James McCombe on 07976547902 / 

Role Terms

Salary: Band D – £26,422.46 to £29,295.05 (Full Time Equivalent, pro-rata for part-time)
Hours: 37 hours per week, this includes occasional evenings, and weekends
Place of WorkNo Limits Advice Centre, 13 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2DF – there may also be a need to work at other No Limits and community locations depending on business needs
ContractFixed-term until March 31st 2025 with potential to become permanent
Essential Car User: Yes

Interview date: Friday 19 July 2024

Applicant Support Pack

Youth Worker – DASH – Job Description – June 2024


Completed application forms should be submitted via the “Apply Now” tab below, or alternatively send your application to

Additional information

If you are successful at interview, but we do not have enough vacancies to offer every successful candidate, you will be added to a six month reserve list. During this time, if the same, or a similar, vacancy arises, we may offer you this vacancy without the need to complete the whole recruitment process again – however, you must let us know if any of your information or circumstances change whilst on the reserve list. After six months, your details will be removed from the reserve list. You can also opt out at any time by emailing:

Location: 13 High St, Southampton SO14 2DF

CLOSING DATE: 12 July 2024