|Job Title||WHALE’S Males Making Group Facilitator|
|Accountable to||WHALE Arts|
|Personnel responsible for||Volunteer Support Worker|
|Location||WHALE Arts Centre, 30 Westburn Grove, EH142SA|
|Hours of Work||3 Hours per week|
|Contract Length||Until End March 2022|
About the project
Based at WHALE Arts, WHALE’s Males is made up of two groups – a walking group and a making group. The groups exist to support men from the local area with the overall aim of promoting positive wellbeing through engaging them in either making or walking activites – or both.
The making group, which was originally known as Men’s Makers, was started in 2019. It was initially modeled on the Men’s Shed movement and, in the beginning, it focused mainly on woodwork.
The group has faced many challenges – not least the COVID-19 pandemic which forced us to pause the group completely. We decided to add a walking group and, at the end of last year, we re-branded the group as WHALE’s Males. The walking group – WHALE’s Males Walking was able to start up in June 2021 and we are now looking for someone to re-start and facilitate the WHALE’s Males making group.
About the role
We are looking for a freelance Making Group Facilitator – someone who can support a group of men to engage in practical and creative making projects.
The person we are looking for…
- is calm, well-organised and kind
- is hard-working and a good team player.
- treats people fairly and values the contributions others make
- appreciates diversity, and is open-minded and inclusive.
The person we are looking for will have experience of…
- Working with tools – hand tools and powertools
- Woodwork or joinery, carpentry, sculpture or other similar skill set
- Health and Safety within a workshop setting
- Working with people
- Facilitating groups for adults
- Working in a community setting
- Delivering projects within a given budget
- Monitoring and evaluating projects
They will also need to have…
- The ability to build trust and to welcome all people including those from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds facing additional barriers
- Excellent communication skills
- An understanding of mental health and wellbeing and the specific challenges facing men
- the ability to work as part of a team
- self-motivation and the ability to use their own initiative
- Empathy and kindness
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 anwer 3 questions – see below
- You can submit your answers as a written doument or an audio recording or a video
- Written documents should be no more than 2 pages (A4)
- Audio and Video recordings should be no more than 4 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 to email@example.com using WHALE’S Males Making Group Facilitator in the subject line. Please include details of your referees in your email.
Please don’t send questions about the role to this email address as it will not be monitored on a daily basis. We are happy to answer any questions about this role and questions should be sent to Kirsty Frankland:
Kirsty Frankland firstname.lastname@example.org
Equal Opportunities Monitoring: WHALE Arts Agency is committed to recruiting high quality candidates whose skills and experience are most suited to the job regardless of sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion (or beliefs), marital status, sexual orientation (or perceived sexual orientation), disability, age or political affiliation. We would be grateful if you would complete the Equal Opportunities form – see below. This information is for monitoring purposes only, will be treated as confidential and will not be used in the selection process. We acknowledge that if you submit a video recording, certain characteristics such as gender or colour may be evident to the shorlisting team. We will do our best to mitigate any unconscious bias by ensuring both the shortlisting team and interview panel are as culturaly diverse as possible.
Applications open on Friday 2nd July and close on Wednesday 11th August – applications should be submitted no later than Midday on Wednesday 11th August. Late applications will not be considered.
Interviews will be held in the week commencing 16th August
THE 4 QUESTIONS …
We are looking for someone who is an experienced maker – whether that be woodwork, metal work, sculpture or another form of making. We want to find someone who can start with an idea and turn it in to a finished product and someone who is comfortable and confident using a range of hand and power tools.
We would like you to tell us about your experience of making. For example…
- Tell us what sort of materials you work/have worked with and what sort of things you like to make?
- Tell us about the types of tools you are used to working with?
- Give us an example of a project you have worked on from start to finish?
- Tell us about some of the challenges you have faced in the making process and how you have overcome these?
2 WORKING WITH PEOPLE
We need someone who can work well with people from diverse backgrounds. Someone who can help and support other people to realise their own ideas. We need someone who is patient and calm, has a good working knowledge of health and safety in a workshop setting and can support, educate and assist people to use tools safely.
Please give us some examples from your life or work when you have had to…
- Support others to complete a creative/making project
- Help others to use tools safely
- Deal with a challenging situation in a workshop or group setting
3 SUPPORTING WELLBEING
The overall aim of this project is to support positive wellbeing for a group a men through engaging them in making activities. How this project develops will be shaped by the needs and wants of the men involved but ultimately you will be driving this project forward.
We would like you to tell us why you think you’d be great in this role. You can give examples of…
- When you have worked creatively with people and have made an improvement in their lives
- Helped others to achieve their goals
- Any experience you have of supporting people with their wellbeing
- Any examples of transferable skills that you think would be relevant
Thank you for taking the the time to apply and we wish you the best of luck.