Independent Arts is a registered charity (no. 297474) that changes lives through arts. Established in 1987, operating solely on the Isle of Wight, we aim to provide a wide range of arts-based activity to the lonely, the vulnerable and the most isolated – of any age from age 5 to 105 – in a variety of settings. We employ a small staff team and engage freelance arts practitioners from all genres as experts in their field, to deliver excellent quality activities. Essential to everything we do are volunteers. See below how you may be able to help deliver our mission.
The Creative Hub Project Assistant role cements our place in the community putting our work on Newport High Street from our new Creative Hub.
The rationale for this role comes from the need for the charity bring their work to new audiences, reaching new people of all ages across the Island. This position will be based in our hub in Newport. You will be part of our community and programme teams, working closely with our Arts Programme Manager and Community Engagement Manager to support our beneficiaries in our Creative hub-based workshops. You will be working alongside our three Creative Hub Coordinators and our other Project Assistant to provide six-day week coverage of the Creative Hub.
Team: Community & programmes (Hub-based projects)
Reporting to: Community Programmes Manager
Direct reports: None
Coronavirus has presented a challenge for Independent Arts – we have lost an important income stream from our workshops for wellbeing in care homes, which was unrestricted income and has been replaced largely through local government support. As lockdown gradually lifts, care homes are beginning to rebook outdoor music-based activities, known as garden gigs. We will actively engage care homes in the months ahead to ensure that workshops for wellbeing are resumed. Likewise, our community-based activities are gradually restarting, having moved online through the pandemic.
We have challenged ourselves to be more digital in our approach whilst recognising a huge island wide digital inequality – that we have the shared goal with others on the Island to tackle. As an arts-based community organisation, we are ideally poised to use digital and to enable digital in our work. We form longstanding trusted relationships with our current funders, partners and beneficiaries. We have committed volunteers and arts practitioners who are also our eyes and ears. We need to focus now on ‘show & tell’ as a strategy, to ensure that our story is told, our voice heard and that we reach out to everyone on the Isle of Wight who could benefit from, or support, our vital work. Our new space in the centre of the Newport High Street is a place we can meet people, share our aims and support our community.
As part of our small team, this role will provide essential support for the planning and delivery of the suite of funded programmes we run. These programmes are predominantly grant funded and have defined project timelines. The content of all our work must be of a very high quality and all our work is evaluated. This role is vital in enabling and supporting the delivery of these very high-quality programmes.
9am – 5pm Friday and Saturday with 30-minute lunch break (total of 15 hours per week). Flexibility is required. Hours may increase according to charity’s need.
£6,981 – £7,410 per year approximately; 15 hrs a week @£8.95 – £9.50 per hour depending on experience. (FTE within a scale £17,452 – £18,525 pa)
Pro rata for part-time based on full time equivalent of 25 days plus statutory public holidays (8). In effect, this means 10 days holiday entitlement plus 3.2 public holidays.
This is a one-year fixed term contract.
A copy of your current CV and completed application form (below) to be submitted to [email protected]
Please put Creative Hub Project Assistant in the subject line
Both documents must be submitted for applications to be considered.
Deadline for all applications 9th July 2021. We will not consider or respond to applications received after this date.
Independent Arts is an equal opportunities employer.