Social Leader

Our Social Leaders are part of a team delivering our outreach programmes. Programmes are open to young people from Catch22 and Power2 services. The aim of the programmes are to break the cycle of disengagement that many of these young people find themselves in through an extended UK based training programme followed by a dedicated 3-week expedition.

The Social Leader may also be tasked with helping to spread the word about the programme within Catch22 and Power2 services in their geographical area and to support service managers and key workers wishing to refer on young people to the scheme. Following the recruitment of successful young people, they will be tasked to ensure that required documentation is submitted to the British Exploring Society office including medical forms, passport photocopies and risk assessments. 

During the training phase they will be required to assist in the delivery of workshop and training activities. Social Leaders will be supported in the delivery of activities by a team of Adventure Leaders, and Senior Explorers (past participants on the programme who have returned to act as peer mentors). During this phase they will also contribute towards recruitment decisions and help select the final group of young people from a training programme to take part in the expedition phase.

Compulsory training dates: Leader Induction: 21st-23rd February 2020 (TBC), Leader Training: 27th-29th March 2020 Cumbria, Explorer Briefing 24th-26th April 2020, 16hr Wilderness First Aid Course May 2020 (TBC).

Assessment days: 20th August 3rd, 4th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th September, 1st, 2nd, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th October 


"Being a Social Leader on DNG is by far one of the best things I have done as a youth worker. The project genuinely has a massive impact on the lives of young people." Ellen, Social Leader

Necessary requirements

• All potential Leaders are required to attend an allocated Assessment Day
• Significant previous experience of working with disadvantaged or NEET groups
• Experience of working with young people on both a one to one and group basis
• Residential Experience
• Experience of supporting young people in potentially stressful environments
• Adventure First Aid Qualification (weekend training course subsidised by British Exploring Society)
• Safeguarding training certificate (British Exploring Society can recommend a course if required)

On Expedition

• All leaders, must regard it as a priority to ensure the safety of each and every member of the expedition at all times
• Accompany a group of 12 young Explorers on the expedition and take lead responsibility for the delivery of youth development activities during the expedition phase
• Provide pastoral care and support for Explorers within your group
• Supervise daily group meetings, the completion of daily 1-to-1 reviews and feedback on progress to Explorers in a constructive and sympathetic manner

Pre Expedition

• Assist with recruitment of Explorers from Catch22 and Power2
• Liaise with key workers to ensure continuity of support between the service and the programme both during the training and on completion of the expedition
• Liaise with Explorers between training events to ensure they are aware of arrangements for each upcoming training weekend/week and maintain retention and enthusiasm between training events.
• Assist in the development of goal focussed self-assessment, monitoring and evaluation processes and assist other members of the leadership team in the use of these processes

Post Expedition

• Attend the Explorers  debrief event, Focus on the Future Day.
• Conduct Explorer goals 1-1 sessions and incident reports and contribute to the expedition report and Annual Journal