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Age Exchange is recruiting Arts Professionals
For EachStep Club – a new service in Manchester for people with dementia and their family carers
Age Exchange is opening a new arts based day service at EachStep Blackley, a ground breaking dementia care home in North Manchester. To help us run this exciting programme we are recruiting a team of Freelance Arts professionals in the North West of England who will provide a rich programme of inspirational arts and reminiscence activity to enhance the health, happiness and well-being of people living with dementia and their family carers. If you are a professional dancer, visual artist, musician, or actor with experience of working with older people this job could be for you…….
Job title: Freelance – Arts Practitioner
Location: EachStep Club (Commencing March 2019) in Manchester
Do you believe you can change lives for the better? Do you want to make a positive difference in people’s lives? Can you mix creativity and imagination with compassion and commitment? If that sounds like you read on….
Age Exchange the UK’s leading reminiscence arts practitioners specialising in innovative approaches to dementia care, is opening a new arts based day service at EachStep Blackley, a ground breaking dementia care home in North Manchester. To help us run this exciting programme we are recruiting a team of Freelance Arts professionals who will provide a rich programme inspirational arts, reminiscence, and social activities, which will enhance the health, happiness and well-being of people living with dementia and their family carers.
In this role you will be supported by a co- worker and volunteers to lead weekly Reminiscence Arts activity sessions for participants with dementia and their carer, applying the specialist training you will receive from Age Exchange and our ongoing support, and guidance. You will really get to know the people you support each week and use techniques and practice which will help you connect on a deeply meaningful level with the participants you support. And whilst we are looking to recruit skilled arts professionals – we want you to use your own life experience, personality and humour to create experiences people will enjoy.
To apply to join our company you will need a professional arts background in either dance, music, visual arts or theatre. You will have experience in participatory arts and facilitating the creativity of others, ideally having worked previously with older people including older people with dementia. We want you to have experience and passion in using your arts practice to improve health and well-being.
Our ideal candidate will be compassionate, creative, have great people skills, and excellent at working collaboratively to support the creativity of others. You need to be spontaneous responding in the moment to the needs of the people you support and creating each session around their needs, interest and reminiscence.
Employment will be 1 day a week for 18 months at £185 per day (following a trial period for successful applicants)
Age Exchange’s Reminiscence Arts intervention for people with dementia has been successfully trialled in London since 2012 in residential and specialist care settings, and most recently in the community as day care and home care. Independent evaluation by Royal Holloway University of London found that participants with dementia who engaged in the programme experienced an increase in well-being of 42%, and an increase in positive behaviours of 25% through taking part.
Arts Practitioner – Person Specification
(Each Step Club)
- Professional arts background & qualification at degree/diploma level in one or more of the following: visual arts, music, dance/movement, theatre/performing arts
- A practising arts track record – with work produced within the last 2 years
- Able to demonstrate that their art form is of a high quality, so we can maintain an integrity of quality in the art developed and delivered with our client group
- Proven experience in facilitating group workshops, understanding facilitation and group work, using their art form(s), inspiring and exciting people to participate
- Experience of working with older people to facilitate their creativity, ideally with people with dementia
- Experience of exploring memory and identity through your art form
- Ability to co-work with another artist to run sessions; a strong team player
- Good communicator with capacity to build relationships through a person- centred approach to working creatively with vulnerable people;
- Highly flexible and improvisational approaches as an artist, that responds to and is shaped by participant responses
- Skills in planning creative sessions that build week on week on the programme as it develops specifically in response to participant need and interest
- Capacity to learn from experience, understand emotional contexts, reflect on what is happening, for participants and to adjust practice accordingly
- Knowledge of Equality and Diversity issues and experience of putting them into practice
- Ability to write sessional reports and process monitoring forms as requested
- Holder of an enhanced current DBS check (If you require assistance in updating your DBS our colleagues at Community Integrated Care can help with this)