25 Oct 2022  |  Andy Nall-Cain

Youth Emotional Support worker review

Having joined the Esteem Dream team (family) over 18 months ago, all I can say is it was the best job I ever had and I would still be there today if it wasn’t for the fact they do not have a Esteem branch in Nepal (Yet!!).

Working as a Youth Emotional Support (YES) Worker was one of the most rewarding posts I have had the pleasure of experiencing. Young adults are currently suffering the highest mental health crisis in the last 10 years, with self-harm and eating disorders being the top symptoms for those between 14-26years old.

Two esteem staff cut up a christmas turkey while smiling at the camera
Sasha (Left) preparing the Christmas meal with Cat (Esteem’s CO)

As a YES worker you are there to support these young adults to make sense of overwhelming feelings and emotions in a positive and constructive way. Although a very different dynamic to counselling or therapy, there is a therapeutic element of this YES worker relationship with the young adults. 

Not one size fits all!! Being able to work holistically within the Esteem team, offers a wider range of  services that can provide support to access different areas of need to promote young adults to thrive. This unique aspect of Esteem is what makes the job so rewarding. What Esteem does well is promote well being for its staff and therefore model this aspect of life as an essential part of living healthily. 

Staff write notes as part of a meeting at ESTEEM
Sasha (right) brainstorming at a staff meeting

With any aspect of youth work there are going to be areas of difficulties and I would not be truthful  if I did not highlight these as well. I worked with some very traumatised young adults and those who found it incredibly difficult to communicate their feelings and emotions. However you are not doing the job isolation, there is the best team around you to support you to do this difficult role, so that’s what I did. Ask, talk, suggest and promote whatever you need to do the YES worker job to do the best of your ability you need to lean on the Esteem Dream Team. 

We’re hiring right now for Sasha’s old role,

(which has been renamed the ‘wellbeing youth project worker’)

Read on for more information…

Apply for Sasha’s old role today!

Teh ESTEEM staff smile at the camera on the beach

The Wellbeing Youth Projects Worker will be part of ESTEEM’s Wellbeing Project, which offers guidance, support and signposting to young adults facing difficulties around mental health or achieving life-goals. Your role will be offering targeted emotional wellbeing support for young adults aged between 14- 26 years of age, on a one-to-one basis, as well as leading or assisting with group sessions.

The Wellbeing Youth Project Worker is a front-facing role, with a real focus on building relationships with young people and spending time with them in a number of different contexts. This role would suit someone who is a natural people person, using creativity in line with professional boundaries to support the needs of young adults.


Full time – 37.5 hrs p/w (will consider a part-time job share for right candidate)


£23-£25K dependant on qualifications and experience

Based at:

ESTEEM, Old School House, Shoreham-by-sea, BN43 6PA

(with flexible hybrid working available)

Application Deadline:

Midnight 11/11/2022

Interview Date: 

Week beginning 21st November

Start Date: 

End of December/January

(Flexible for the right candidate)