Glossop Arts Project (GAP)
GAP is a small not for profit Community Interest Company providing Arts for Wellbeing sessions for adults, and more recently young people, living with long term physical and mental health problems. Our aim is to inspire people to try new activities, learn and improve skills and build self-confidence in a friendly, welcoming and inclusive environment. As an organisation we have been delivering a range of sessions and community art projects in Glossop and the surrounding area since 2014. An exciting opportunity has now arisen for a Young People’s Project Development Worker to join our small and dedicated team and build on a recent pilot project.
Young People’s Project Development Worker
Summary of Post
To take a lead role in the further development of our ‘Mind The Gap’ provision for young people aged 14-18 years. The role will involve:
- Building on and expanding existing relationships with local referral agencies and individuals. Raising the profile of Mind the Gap, delivering appropriate sessions, keeping up to date with changes and new initiatives in the area of support services for young people.
- Forming supportive and effective relationships with young people to encourage them to attend and participate in Mind the Gap sessions, ensuring that project targets are met.
- Planning and delivering a weekly Arts for Wellbeing session plus other bespoke art-based group sessions, involving the young people in the planning of topics and activities.
- Keeping operational and financial records as required and gathering the monitoring and evaluation information necessary for the production of reports for funders and the GAP steering committee.
- Taking an active part in any other GAP activities aimed at raising the profile of GAP’s work, attending staff meetings and undertaking required training.
Duties and Responsibilities
Building on and expanding existing relationships with local referral agencies and individuals
To take a lead role in the development and maintaining of relationships with local support services and referral agencies for children and young people in order to raise awareness of Mind The Gap provision and ensure that it meets the needs of young people. This may involve attending referral agency team meetings or other community profile raising events and introducing them to the Mind The Gap project.
To respond to referrals, liaise with referral agencies or family members to ensure that Mind The Gap is an appropriate activity for the young person and to enable them to access the sessions.
Forming supportive and effective relationships with the young people to encourage them to attend and participate in Mind the Gap sessions.
To take responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the young people in the sessions, managing the group dynamics so that all feel welcome, at ease and included.
To help participants identify their feelings and emotions and support the development of effective coping strategies.
To work with GAP Coordinator to deliver on project targets set within the funding bids.
Planning and delivering a range of art-based group sessions, involving the young people in the planning of topics and activities
In conjunction with GAP coordinator, produce a time-table of activities for the weekly Arts for Wellbeing sessions which takes into account the interests of the young people and which is underpinned by the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
To publicise the sessions using appropriate means e.g. social media, fliers etc and consider ways to showcase the work of the groups where appropriate.
In conjunction with GAP Coordinator or other GAP staff develop new time-limited bespoke activity programmes for other services e.g. schools, hospices.
To produce session plans, purchase the materials and ensure smooth running of the sessions.
To work with, support and involve session volunteers.
Ensure that all sessions adhere to GAP values and ethos, and follow organisation policies and procedures e.g. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Safeguarding, Data Protection, Code of Conduct
Keeping operational and financial records as required and ensuring the gathering of monitoring and evaluation information
To keep a register of attendees, copies of receipts, a timesheet and any other documents required to monitor the project.
To use and gather feedback sheets for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
Produce project reports to contribute to reports to funders and for committee meetings etc.
Take an active part in any other GAP activities aimed at raising the profile of GAP’s work and attend staff meetings
To attend staff meetings and supervision meetings.
On occasions you may be asked to support other whole organisation profile raising / fundraising activities.
To support colleagues across the organisation and undertake any other duties as required, as deemed appropriate by the GAP Coordinator or other Directors and which are commensurate with the post (e.g. sickness cover etc.)
The staff of GAP are ultimately responsible to the Directors of GAP. Day to day management responsibilities are delegated to the GAP Coordinator who is also a Director.
This is a 3 year fixed term contract (dependent on funding) based on 12 hours per week, 42 weeks a year. GAP works broadly in line with Derbyshire School term times although some sessions are required during the school summer holidays.
Holidays are pro rata depending on the number of hours worked and it is expected that these will be taken when GAP sessions aren’t running e.g. during school holiday periods.
As the location of sessions within Glossopdale may vary and you may be asked to attend meetings outside of Glossop the role does involve some travel.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
You are required to make yourself aware of, understand and act on your obligations to yourself, to work colleagues, to GAP, to all those who use our services and other stakeholders, and adhere to all GAP policies and procedures at all times.