Group Leader required to support delivery of a creative arts programme for people living with dementia, their families and carers
ARC is looking for a Group Leader to support Creative Age, a new programme of activity for people living with dementia, their families and carers, to be run in collaboration with Equal Arts, Gateshead. The project will involve working with professional artists, using Imagination models of engagement, across a range of artforms.
ARC runs a highly successful and extensive programme of activity for older people, and is working to increase access to arts activity for older people who face barriers to participating. Equal Arts is an organisation which aims to improve the life of older people through providing creative activities, working in partnership with culture, health and social care organisations.
The purpose of this project is to provide regular creative activities for independent people experiencing the early stages of dementia, their families and carers. The project will deliver sessions using Imagination models of engagement, which are non-linear and do not rely on memory. It is planned that the project will initially run for 18 months, offering creative sessions across a range of artforms, in a series of activity blocks. Towards the end of project period, participants and other community groups will undertake a one-off fundraising creative challenge/event, to help support the future sustainability of the project.
The objectives of the project are:
- Positive creative experiences for people living with dementia, which focus on abilities and what people living with dementia can achieve
- Increased self-esteem and confidence
- Improved motivation
- Skills gained in artistic activities
- Engaging with other creative and community groupsThe post of Group Leader is designed to bring to the project significant direct experience of working with people living with dementia.
The post will offer participants a consistent presence through the life of the project and directly support the artists who are delivering creative activities. We envisage that the post would be suitable for people with a background in health or social care, or an artist with significant experience of working with people living with dementia.
The project is funded by Arts Council England, Comic Relief, Ballinger Charitable Trust and Northern Rock Foundation. It is anticipated that delivery will begin in early autumn 2015 and run for approximately 72 weeks
- To provide advice and support to participants attending sessions
- To provide specialist advice and support to artists, in relation to the needs of people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers
- To enable all those attending to take part and enjoy the sessions
- To support artists to enable participants to use their creative ideas to take part in the project
- To ensure all participants involved have an opportunity to share their ideas
- To ensure the participants’ safety and wellbeing at all times and to adhere to ARC’s safeguarding policies
- To undertake regular evaluation of the participants’ experience, along with the professional artists, to feed into a full project evaluation
We require a practitioner with the following experience:
- A proven track record of working with adults living with dementia
- A proven track record of working on collaborative projects
- A proven track record of working on projects which respond to the interests and ideas of participants
- A proven track record of, or interest in, working with creative artists
- An ability to work alongside participants to develop and progress their individual talents,allowing participants to contribute positively to the project outcomes
We welcome applications from individuals, or from organisations who may be interested in seconding a member of staff to work on the project on a weekly basis.
Weekly fee of £60 per session (approximately 2 hours per week, probably on a Tuesday morning) including travel and subsistence.
In addition, there is a small budget to cover the Group Leader’s contribution to delivering project training events.
Please submit brief overview of how you would approach working with the client group to firstname.lastname@example.org by email putting “Creative Age project” in the subject header. Please include contact details for two referees and attach your CV (organisations should attach the CV of the person they wish to second to the project). Applications to be received by 10am on Friday 21st August 2015.
We are committed to ensuring that this opportunity is open and accessible to everyone. If you experience or anticipate any barriers within the application process, or require any help to make an application, please contact us as soon as possible.