Freelance Arts Practitioner, The Age Exchange [archived]

Freelance Arts Practitioner, The Age Exchange

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?

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 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.

1 day a week for 18 months at £185 per day starting in March

Read the Person Specification here and how to apply