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North Regional Lead: Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance

The Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA) is looking for a Regional Lead for the North of England. Salary: £35,000 pro rata, 0.6FTE (3 days per week)

Read the full job advert, download a pdf or listen to an audio description here:

CHWA is the national membership organisation for creative health. We use the term “creative health” to mean any arts or cultural activity that supports health or wellbeing. Our main roles as an organisation are: advocating for creative health, supporting networks for creative and cultural workers and partners in health and social care, and building resources to help make this work more possible. We don’t provide creative activities that support health and wellbeing ourselves – instead we support other people who do.

This new regional post is a key part of our work as an Investment Principles Support Organisation (IPSO) funded by Arts Council England from 2023-6. Based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, the role will focus on creative health in Barnsley and the wider South Yorkshire region. The postholder will also have a wider remit for advocacy and networking across the North of the country, working closely with CHWA’s – regional champions.

The post is about developing strategic and infrastructural support for creative health rather than delivering projects. We want the postholder to bring together local and regional partners, and to scope and develop models for commissioning, investment and practice, learning from existing work and partnership across Barnsley and South Yorkshire. With committed support in place from local and national partners, this is an exciting opportunity to build on this momentum and create long-lasting change.

For more background and the full terms, please check on the link above

  • This is a three-year contract, running until April 2026
  • Three-day per week role, or 22.5 hours per week
  • Hybrid working, with desk space at Barnsley Museums and expected meetings across the region
  • Please read or listen to the full advert
  • We always aim to be collaborative, caring, inclusive and committed to positive social change. These are our values as an organisation and it’s essential you feel comfortable with this, and that you feel you can work in this way.
  • We also consider the following to be essential for this role.
  • Diplomacy and experience of working with a wide range of people and groups with a variety of professional and lived experiences
  • Experience of collaborative leadership and / or coproduction
  • Attention to detail, persistence and patience
  • Optimism and lateral thinking – willingness to use imaginative new approaches to strategy
  • Good, proactive communication skills
  • Flexibility and willingness to listen and learn
  • Knowledge and/or experience of working with creative health
  • Experience of working at a strategic level in different kinds of organisations (e.g. organisations in different sectors, or of very different sizes)
  • Experience managing budgets

Job Responsibilities

We anticipate the role being two-thirds focused on local development, and one third on broader regional support across the North of the country. Some core aspects are outlined below, please read or listen to the full advert for more detail.

  • Advocacy and networking across the North Region
  • Evaluation – work with CHWA to measure the potential impact of this kind of strategic role
  • Fundraising – support development and sustainability of the role and surrounding provision

In Barnsley and South Yorkshire…

The role will draw partly on a Creative Health Plan on a Page developed by a project team led by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC).

We’d like the postholder to:

  • Convene and manage a local or subregional working group to support and guide the role’s contribution to the above
  • Map the existing commissioning processes and networks across South Yorkshire
  • Scope the idea of a new local and/or regional consortium model for creative health