The Arts & Wellbeing Programme at WHALE Arts consists of a range of therapeutic, social, creative, self-directed & entrepreneurial groups. The overarching aim of the program is to promote, nurture and enhance people's well-being by providing opportunities to make positive social connections and engage in a wide range of creative activities.
We currently have 7 groups in our Arts & Wellbeing program, each delivered by a freelance artist/facilitator. We also have our Community Meal and Community Garden which support a number of volunteers and Pod Press - our Riso printer and publishing project which is a fantastic resource that all of our groups can access as well as members in the Wester Hailes and wider community.
On top of our own regular groups, WHALE Arts works in partnership with other organizations delivering their own short-term projects and ongoing groups at WHALE Arts. During the summer many of our adult groups take a break from their regular sessions and instead go on a range of trips, special workshops, and events.
We are looking for someone to help support the overall delivery of the Arts and Wellbeing program and the participants who take part.
About the role
This is a new role set up to support the delivery of the Arts and Wellbeing program at WHALE Arts. The day-to-day tasks will include a mix of hands-on practical support including supporting groups on trips, organizing lunches, ensuring project registers are filled in and collected, and supporting group facilitators when needed. Logistical support including booking/coordinating transport for trips. Creative support, including designing flyers for groups, events, or projects, and emotional support, including supporting participants many of whom have complex and challenging lives. This is not an exhaustive list and there may be other tasks involved in the role.
The person we are looking for…
●is a realpeople person
●can respondcalmlyandeffectivelyin challenging situations
●canconnectandengagewith people who havediverse interests, needs,andabilities
●is hard working and a great team player,
●treats people fairly and values the contributions others make,
●is open-minded and inclusive.
The person we are looking for will have experience of…
● Working with people who havediverseandcomplex needs
●Supporting the creative artswithin acommunity setting
●Safeguarding- specifically in relation to vulnerable adults
● Working on theirown initiativewithin a larger creative team
They will also need to have...
● The ability tobuild trustand to welcome all people including those withdiverse needs, those fromdiverse culturalandeconomic backgrounds,and facingadditional barriers
● An understanding ofcomplex needs in adults,mental healthandwellbeing, and the specific challenges facing these groups
● Excellenttime managementandorganizational skills
Ideally but not essential, they will have…
● A knowledge of Wester Hailes
● An understanding of the issues facing people living in areas of deprivation
● Experience in using the arts to address community issues
Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job - we don’t want this to be the case for you. However you identify and whatever background you bring, if this role feels like something that would make you excited about getting up and coming to work then please apply!
To apply for this role we would like you to send us a short statement describing why you feel you would be a great fit for the role with reference to the qualities, skills, and experiences highlighted above.
We would also like you to include an example of …
●A time when you have had to deal with a challenging situation at work. Please tell us about the situation, what you did, and how the situation was resolved
●A time when you have worked with/engaged with a group of people with diverse interests, needs, and abilities. Please tell us how you built trust with this group and describe any difficulties or challenges and how you addressed them
●A safeguarding issue or incident that you have been involved with – please describe the issue/incident, what was your role, and how was the situation resolved?
You can submit your answers as a written document or an audio recording or a video
●Written documents should be no more than 3 pages (A4)
●Audio and video recordings should be no more than 5 minutes long
●We also need you to provide details of two referees, including at least one previous employer
Please send your application, in whatever format you choose, by email firstname.lastname@example.orgArts & Wellbeing program delivery assistant
in the subject line. Please include details of your referees in your email.
If you have any questions about the role please email Kirsty, the Arts and Wellbeing Managerkirsty@whalearts.co.uk
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 29ththJune at 12.00 noon. Interviews will take place in the week of the 4th of July.