CLOSING DATE: Monday 20th July 5pm

Summary

We are seeking a Part time Sessional Art worker with considerable experience of, and confidence in, working with vulnerable adults. The applicant should have experience using a multitude of mediums and be competent in designing, resourcing, developing, leading and delivering a stimulating programme of art activities to a group with a wide range of skill and ability levels. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY BEFORE BEING CERTAIN YOU HAVE ARTISTIC SKILLS, TUITION AND COACHING SKILLS AS WELL AS EXPERIENCE WITH VULNERABLE ADULTS AND THE PROVEN ABILITY TO INSPIRE, ENTHUSE AND ENGAGE.

Background

Grassmarket Community Project takes an innovative approach to providing sanctuary and support to participants many of whom are amongst the most vulnerable of our citizens. Through mentoring, social enterprise and education in a nurturing environment, the project develops skills enabling participants to develop to their full potential and reconnect with themselves, others and the wider community.

Our vision is to create an environment where people can realise their full potential and re-connect with themselves, others and the wider community.

  • People feel valued and every person is given dignity.
  • People feel cared about and can move towards independent living without feeling abandoned or isolated.
  • People can be confident to trust and value their own decisions, overcoming a poverty of expectation and ultimately realising their own potential.
  • People can build a life which reduces dependence on others, gaining self-reliance.
  • There is a commitment to be involved with individuals, meeting and welcoming them within the local community.

Grassmarket Community Project takes an innovative approach to creating community and providing sanctuary and support to participants many of whom are amongst the most vulnerable of our citizens.

Through mentoring, social enterprise, training and education in a nurturing environment, the project develops skills enabling participants to develop to their full potential and move away from cycles of failure.

Our project is based in the heart of the Old Town in Edinburgh, in the Grassmarket. We work with over 250 people and deliver on average 800 hours of support per month.

Key to the way we work is to break down the barrier between volunteers and clients – all are members and we encourage people who initially feel they are “clients” to become volunteers and therefore contribute to, rather than receive from the project.

Role Purpose

The purpose of the role of Art Session Worker is to support the development of Grassroots Art as a an activity where people can realise their full potential and re-connect with themselves others and the wider community.

To enable people to enjoy and participate actively in the session to achieve their identified outcomes. To encourage positive communication and to build on individual skills, interests and personal strengths.

To initiate, plan and provide sessions for service users on a group basis in your area of expertise/special interest.

To develop warm and trusting relationships with service users and to promote their confidence and self-esteem. To give positive feedback and encouragement

To encourage members to participate actively and collaborate in the planning and development of activities. To encourage mutual support and assistance.

To take appropriate action in the event of emergencies, ensuring that Managers are informed promptly.
Actively encourage members to participate fully in the group.

Encourage positive behaviour in groups and challenge inappropriate behaviour as required

Offer support to individual members as required

Engage with members to actively solicit and encourage their opinions and feedback

Develop new group sessions in line with member feedback and strategic priorities

Ensure that practical arrangements are in place to support the programme

Identify lead volunteers.

Provide support to lead volunteers

This post is initially maternity cover and will last for a year. Depending on circumstances it may be an ongoing position. Additionally applicants will need to be aware they will be self-employed will be PVG checked.

Rate of pay £50 per 2 hour session (includes all prep) – currently 1 session a week [please note successful candidate will be employed on a self-employed basis and be responsible for their own tax and NI returns – advice can be given on this if required]

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to Nicky Reynolds at nicky@grassmarket.org