Hours: 22.5 hours a week (hours worked to be agreed)
Duration: 12 month fixed term contract
Responsible To: Artistic Co-ordinator
North Tyneside Art Studio (NTAS) is seeking a Creative Support Worker to join our team. Here at NTAS we work with people experiencing a wide range of mental health issues. We use art and creativity to improve mental health and support people to achieve lasting change.
The role is a great opportunity to work in a creative and inspiring space and make a real difference to people’s lives. You will use your great people skills and artistic knowledge to support the delivery of our creative programme and offer 1-2-1 help and support to members.
Our main Studio is based in North Shields and provides a fully equipped creative space where members can work independently or participate in a wide range of workshops, groups and activities. Our micro-site in Wallsend, NTAS II, delivers groups and workshops and is aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues and the links between art and mental health.
This role will be mostly based in our main Studio but will also be required to support the delivery of groups and workshops at NTAS II and other outreach venues across North Tyneside.
To apply, please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter to email@example.com or via post to North Tyneside Art Studio, Linskill Centre, Linkskill Terrace, NE30 2AY, setting out why you are suitable for the post and how you meet the below person specification. In your cover letter please describe your arts or craft practice/work (with links to images or website if available) and give examples of working creatively in a participatory or community setting.
For more information about the role please call 0191 296 1156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Description & Person Specification
Main Purpose of the Role
North Tyneside Art Studio requires a creative and dynamic individual to join our team. You will be responsible for supporting the delivery of the creative programme and working with members to provide 1-2-1 support and encouragement.
You will manage artistic stocks and supplies and work with members to maintain clean and tidy work areas. You will ensure that people are working safely and support the implementation of effective health and safety policies and procedures.
You will be required to work as part of a small team and work closely with colleagues, volunteers and Studio members. You will need to be flexible and positive and able to take ownership of tasks and deadlines.
At all times you will demonstrate the ethos and values of NTAS, treating people with dignity and respect and promoting the principles of fairness and equality.
Key Responsibilities and Duties
- You will work closely with Studio Members (service users) and respond positively to day-to-day needs and questions
- You will support the design and delivery of workshops and projects
- You will support creative groups and activities
- You will work closely with members to help them explore and achieve their personal goals
- You will support members in documenting and evaluating their artwork and progress at the Studio
- You will manage and maintain stocks and availability of artistic tools and materials
- You will work in a safe way and support the implementation of H&S policies and procedures
- You will ensure that work areas are kept clean and tidy
- You will support the completion of reports and evaluations
- At all times you will demonstrate the ethos and values of NTAS, treating people with dignity and respect and promoting the principles of fairness and equality
We require a hard working person with a range of creative skills and experience who brings a flexible attitude and a focus on finding solutions and getting things done and is able to demonstrate the following:
- Knowledge and experience of working with a variety of art forms, styles and techniques
- Experience of delivering creative groups and activities
- A current arts or crafts practice
- Confidence to discuss creative projects and challenges with groups and individuals and offer ideas and solutions
- Be able to demonstrate an understanding of mental health issues and the links between mental health and art
- Good organisational skills with effective time management, the ability to prioritise tasks and work on own initiative
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage different audiences and produce clear and accurate reports, letters and emails
- Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of people based on trust and respect
- Knowledge and experience in the use of social media
- Knowledge of mental health issues and experience of working in a mental health setting would be an advantage
To Apply: Please send your CV and Cover Letter to email@example.com or via post to North Tyneside Art Studio, Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, NE30 2AY.