Location: Wester Hailes, South West Edinburgh
Hours of Work: 2.5hours x 30 sessions, alternating Friday/Saturday afternoons, 15
days additional hours worked flexibly to meet the demands of the post.
Fixed term contact to 31st March 2020.
Rate of Pay: £20 per hour x 2.5hours x 30 sessions=£1500.
Research, development and evaluation 15 days@ £150=£2250
Accountable to Creative Programme Manager.
Deadline: Monday 25th February at midday
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Summary of Post
To coordinate, develop and deliver Play Sense Create, a project supporting creative engagement for children with additional support needs and/ or disabilities and their families. The Project Co-ordinator will undertake action research, liaison and project co-design with families and carers, in addition to session planning, development and project evaluation with the project team.
About WHALE Arts
As a community-led arts charity and social enterprise, WHALE Arts’ mission is to be the creative heart of a vibrant, thriving community. Since being set up by local people in 1992 WHALE Arts has firmly established itself as the cultural anchor organisation for Wester Hailes.
WHALE acts as a conduit between our community and creative opportunities through the direct delivery of projects, programmes and events and by connecting our community with city and national cultural partners.
We provide arts activities for over 1,300 children and adults a year. We are based in the purpose built WHALE Arts Centre– a unique community asset that provides a range of high quality creative spaces for our community.
Play Sense Create
Play Sense Create builds on our successful Creative Adventures project to creatively engage children aged 5-12 with neurological disorders, additional support needs and other disabilities and their families with weekly sessions with professional artists and a support worker exploring a range of different arts activities. The project is tailored to the interests and abilities of participants and created in partnership with them and their families and support workers. This project will continue our research, extend our learning and ensure that the work we deliver for children and young people with disabilities is high quality, best practice and fun, creative and engaging for participants and their families.
Sessions run on alternating Fridays and Saturday afternoons each week, along with additional activity in the summer and Easter holidays and exhibitions or performances to share and celebrate young people’s achievements. The staff team for the project includes the Co-ordinator, Artist and Support Worker who deliver activities for young people and their families. Session plans are developed together by the team, with input from participants. Each session includes preparation time where the project team can prepare for sessions and evaluation/ discussion post activity to share how the session went, any modifications or extra resources required, achievements and challenges experienced by young people.
Main Activities and Key Responsibilities of the role are to:
- Work closely with the Project Artist and WHALE Arts Creative Programme Manager to help develop the Play Sense Create programme.
- Research and investigation into appropriate methodology, techniques, programme content and structure with young people with disabilities and their families, support organisations, charities and health professionals.
- Support young people to participate in sessions.
- Have responsibility for Child Protection and Health and Safety during sessions.
- Communication and co-ordination with participants and their families
- Outreach and communication with partner organisations ( cultural organisations, schools, third sector, social work, health professionals )
- Work with partners to deliver suitable engagement opportunities, workshops and trips.
- Deliver and coordinate and exhibitions and sharing events.
- Monitor, document and evaluate participation using WHALE Arts’ systems and participative methods.
- Work with the Creative Programme Manager to ensure all project funding requirements are met, reports completed and effective communication maintained with funders.
- Take part in relevant training.
- A commitment to and understanding of the importance of best practice in creative learning projects and programmes.
- Educated to degree level in arts, education, or community work – or able to demonstrate equivalent experience
- Excellent interpersonal skills, able to work without supervision and as part of a team.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Minimum 3 years experience in:
- Working with and engaging children and young people in creative activity.
- Knowledge and understanding of issues affecting disabled young people and best practice to support participation
- Developing and delivering engaging creative projects with and learners with additional support needs and disabilities.
- Project co-ordination including project research and planning, budgeting, partnership working, monitoring and evaluation.
WHALE Arts Agency operates an equal opportunities employment policy.
Job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may, from time-to-time, be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
Apply in writing or by email, enclosing/attaching:
- An up to date CV detailing relevant education and employment experience.
- A covering letter demonstrating how your skills meet the Essential and Desirable Skills criteria of the job description.
- Details of two referees, including your most recent employer.
- A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Applications should arrive at WHALE Arts Agency no later than midday on Monday 25th February. Late applications will not be considered.
The successful candidate will be appointed to the role subject to confirmation of PVG Scheme Membership.
Creative Programme Manager
WHALE Arts Centre,
30 Westburn Grove,
0131 458 3267