We’re recruiting for a ‘Courtyard Youth Worker’

Courtyard is a fresh model for local Catholic youth work, equipping parishes to reach young people ‘on the edge’ and at risk of social exclusion – creating a ‘courtyard’ of welcome and purpose

Are you ready to join our team?: We are seeking a highly motivated, passionate youth worker with an understanding and experience working in a Catholic setting, with proven skills in motivating both volunteers and young people at risk of exclusion.

The Courtyard Youth Worker will be based in London and will work to support parishes as each of them begin their own volunteer led Courtyard projects. The youth worker will have the support of the Courtyard Coordinator to enable volunteers in these parishes to implement the Courtyard in their bespoke setting. They will help the parish to recruit volunteers and train them to engage with young people in their local area. Along with the Courtyard Coordinator, the youth worker will enable the parishes to use resources developed in the pilot to embed the vision of Courtyard and deliver the detached and relational youth work.

The Project: We believe there is substantial potential within the Catholic community to:

  • reach out to disenfranchised young people
  • provide support and hope to those young people ‘on the edge’
  • challenge society's view of the young, not giving up on them, even when they make mistakes

Courtyard uses the wealth of resources with parishes – both people and material – to support young people. Courtyard involves the development of two elements:

  •  External outreach to make contact with young people who are at risk of social exclusion or of ‘falling through the gaps’.
  • An internal programme in the Courtyard sustains relationships between parishioners and the young people, and between the young themselves.

During the external outreach, parish volunteers are enabled to work on the streets to reach out to young people. For the internal programme, the parish is ready to open it’s doors, creating a Courtyard that welcomes young people to a safe space accompanied by appropriate resources and people of the parish. The young people themselves help direct the activities of the project and discover how to shape their future using their own experiences, gifts and talents.

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DOWNLOADS: Job Description,   Application Form

WHEN THE ROLE WILL BEGIN: The role can start as soon as possible although we are willing to wait for the right candidate.

HOW TO APPLY: Please complete the application form and email to 

Closing Date: 28 August (5pm)
Interviews: Early September 

Position: Trustee
Location: Meetings normally take place in London
Volunteer Position: unremunerated

Million Minutes is a small charity that has a significant impact in the Catholic community and beyond, achieved with the help of a committed board of trustees. You will be joining an active group, who have a passion for improving the lives of young people and a commitment to enabling young people to be a means of transformation in the world.

Six years since Million Minutes began, the current Board of Trustees are seeking new individuals who can help with our developing strategy. Over the next three years we expect to be

  • Inspiring and supporting many hundreds of young people and adults to support fundraising and advocacy campaigns – making a measurable impact in society
  • Building on the establishment of the Celebrating Young People Awards as the authoritative moment of celebration and recognition for youth social action in the Catholic community
  • Scaling up our youth work pilot project across England and Wales, equipping parishes to reach out and support ‘young people on the edge’ in their local area.  

Application process

Please send a CV along with a one page covering letter outlining why you would like to join the board of Million Minutes. The selection process will involve an informal interview with members of the board, and an opportunity to explore and discuss Million Minutes’ work with the team and volunteers. 
Please email

We have a rolling recruitment for trustees. 



Downloads: Role Description