Vacancies

Project Support Assistant

Hours: 24 hours per week. Monday to Friday, although there may be very occasional evening or weekend work.

This is a one-year fixed term contract although we hope to renew.

Responsible to: Project Manager

Assists: Core Staff Team

Pay: £15,600 – 17,550

(pro-rata, dependent on skills and experience)

The Project Support Assistant will provide support to the core staff team at Independent Arts. The post-holder will work across both the Projects elements of the charity’s work and the Workshops for Wellbeing programme.

The Project Support Assistant will be required to liaise with a number of external parties, including practitioners, volunteers, trustees and clients. The post-holder will support the delivery of all aspects of our funded projects, especially arts workshops and exhibitions delivered in locations across the Island. In addition, he or she will support the organisation in terms of marketing and public relations.

The post holder will be an arts graduate with a passion for all forms of the arts. They will have excellent IT skills, especially using iPads, have a friendly and professional approach and will have a keen interest in the benefits of community arts.

Duties include:

  • Providing operational support on all of the charity’s outputs, including our projects and the Workshops for Wellbeing programme.
  • Supporting the Project Managers through attending relevant volunteer recruitment events, and volunteer administration.
  • Supporting the Project Managers designing and producing marketing publicity material (ie posters and flyers) for the relevant projects as required.
  • Supporting the Project Managers with all aspects of project administration.
  • Assisting the Project Managers on the co-ordination and delivery of Time and Tide, SingAbout, DanceMakers, Creative Futures, and other creative projects.
  • Supporting the Chief Executive through attending relevant events, grants administration, organisational marketing and general administration tasks.
  • Developing and maintaining databases, document templates and undertaking relevant project evaluation research, as required.
  • Scheduling project activities and creative sessions, liaising with creative practitioners, clients and project partners to ensure smooth delivery of all outputs.
  • Working with the Project Managers to develop the public profile of the organisation through marketing activities including writing press releases, recording images of our work, handling the charity’s social media and writing copy.
  • Working with the Project Managers and Chief Executive to develop fundraising activities and increase the charity’s income through donations.
  • Other administrational and supportive duties as required.

Relevant training and ongoing mentoring will be provided by Independent Arts.

The successful candidate will be subject to a DBS check.

Full details of the role and person specification are available here:

To apply, please send your CV, with a covering letter explaining why you would like to work for Independent Arts, and how you meet the job requirements, to reach us by 12 noon on Friday 3rd November. If applying via email, please put "Project Support Assistant" in the subject line.

We anticipate holding interviews on Wednesday 15th November. If we have a large number of applicants we may not be able to contact everyone, so if you have not heard from us by Friday 10th November then you can assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 


SingAbout Practitioner

Location: Isle of Wight

Hours: Part-time, freelance

Salary: £30 per hour

Job Start Date: ASAP, subject to DBS clearance

Independent Arts has 30 years' experience of providing creative activities to older people and community groups. Through our Workshops for Wellbeing programme, we offer a range of activities, which are delivered to a variety of clients in both residential homes and community settings.

We are currently seeking a SingAbout Practitioner to run one of our weekly singing for wellbeing sessions here on the Isle of Wight.

SingAbout is a social activity based on recognized music therapies to promote health and wellbeing. Sessions are inclusive and designed to help those living with long-term conditions, those who are socially isolated and older people who want to sing. Independent Arts currently runs eight regular SingAbout sessions across the Island with additional "Pop up" sessions in various locations and two groups specifically located at St Marys Hospital. 

Main Responsibilities:

  • Plan and deliver SingAbout sessions weekly in accordance with training and information provided.
  • Work with and support the Project Manager to complete evaluations and questionnaires linked to grant funding criteria. Compile and maintain data on session attendance, volunteer attendance and other necessary paperwork. Deliver these reports on a monthly basis to the Project Manager.
  • Support existing group volunteers to get the most out of their volunteering experience and help train and induct new SingAbout volunteers during sessions.
  • Build effective relationships with volunteers, session participants, and carers to ensure that all abilities are catered for and needs are met – where appropriate.
  • Create an environment conducive to therapeutic practice and appropriate for the individuals present.
  • Work as part of the SingAbout team. 

Duties include:

  • Complying with Health and Safety information provided including risk assessments, fire regulations, food safety and hire agreements. Be aware of First Aiders and accident reporting procedures.
  • Listening to, and engaging with participants in a confident manner.
  • Ensuring SingAbout venues are left clean, tidy and secure after sessions. Following procedures for opening and closing venues as set out in hall hire agreements.
  • Participant in professional development activities to improve skills relates to the role. Be aware of current developments in art and music therapy and links with health and wellbeing.
  • Comply with Independent Arts' policy documents – working with vulnerable adults, working with volunteers and good practice guidelines.
  • To report any incidents regarding safeguarding, accidents or health and safety breaches to Independent Arts staff.
  • Committing to running a weekly session.
  • Attending SingAbout promotional and marketing events.

Requirements:

Essential:

  • Commitment and dedication to running a weekly group.
  • Good knowledge of music and experience leading group singing.
  • Flexibility in working approach to meet the needs of different groups and different levels of experience and health.
  • Knowledge of conditions affecting the elderly including dementia, respiratory conditions, heart conditions, stroke etc.
  • Clean full driving license and access to a vehicle is essential for this role due to the nature of the work and areas sessions are delivered.
  • Approachable nature and outgoing personality. 

Desirable:

  • Working knowledge of singing therapies.
  • A broad scope of musical knowledge of different genres and types of music.
  • Training in working with people with dementia.

 

Relevant training and ongoing mentoring will be provided by Independent Arts.

The successful candidate will be subject to a DBS check.

Please apply with an up to date CV and a brief covering letter explaining why you feel you will be well-suited to this role to. If applying by email, please put "SingAbout Practitioner" in the subject line.


Creative Practitioner – Movement (freelance)

Independent Arts has 30 years' experience of providing creative activities to older people and community groups. Through our Workshops for Wellbeing programme, we offer a range of activities, which are delivered to a variety of clients in both residential homes and community settings.

We work hard to provide trained, skilled and talented practitioners for our clients and we are constantly developing the selection of activities we can provide. We are looking for Creative Practitioners to deliver movement sessions in care homes island wide.

This is a part time freelance role and a DBS check will be required. Experience of working with older or disadvantaged people is desirable.  

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience in delivering chair-based movement, dance, yoga, Pilates or similar movement sessions.
  • Have a good level of communication skills.
  • Have an interest in the arts and the welfare of disadvantaged people.
  • Have good organisational skills and record keeping.
  • Appreciate the confidential nature of our work.
  • Be willing to travel to sessions island wide – own transport is essential.

The successful candidate will be subject to a DBS check. 

Please apply with an up to date CV and a brief covering letter explaining why you feel you will be well suited to this role. If applying by email, please put "Movement Practitioner" in the subject line.

 


 

We are always keen to hear from experienced practitioners in movement, art, music or reminiscence who may be interested in joining Independent Arts' rosta of freelance artists delivering sessions in care homes across the isle of Wight.

For further information, please

Contact us

 


 

Volunteer opportunities

Do you have a few hours' spare each week to make a difference in the community? Find out about volunteering with Independent Arts.

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Independent Arts is an independent charity based on the Isle of Wight since 1987, using the arts to improve wellbeing, quality of life and to reduce social isolation.

Current vacancies

Project Support Assistant

SingAbout Practitioner

Movement Practitioner

SingAbout

SingAbout tea-break

Creative Writing: Henry Bear

Independent Arts is an equal opportunities employer.