Help Alive light up the lives of lonely older people
Alive is the UK’s leading charity enriching the lives of older people and training their carers. Our Variety Hour, Guided Reminiscence sessions and Art Workshops encourage older people to connect with their sense of themselves, with other people, the world around them, and with new creative skills. Our Access All Ages intergenerational sessions link residents with local school children in their community, allowing them to meet regularly and take part in creative activities based on their interests - these can include music, visual arts, green craft and making, reminiscence and life story work using iPads.
Who we're looking for
An inspiring individual to lead sessions in the greater Bristol area, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and BANES, with a particular emphasis on art and Access All Ages sessions. This is an opportunity for a creative all-rounder to do something which really benefits vulnerable older people and to work as part of a friendly and supportive team.
You must have experience of teaching or facilitating in schools and/or leading art or other creative workshops in the community. You should have an understanding of person-centred approaches and be able to easily connect with others. You should have some experience of supporting older people living with dementia, whether professionally or in a family context. You must have use of a car, and be happy and able to travel around Bristol, B&NES, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire on a regular basis to deliver sessions. You must be available for at least three days per week.
This role is a Session Facilitator Worker contract, and the current rate of pay is £37.75 (gross) for each session), to include preparation, travelling, setting up and packing up. Payment for other work, including meetings and training attended is paid at an hourly rate. Mileage is paid at 40p per mile, excluding the first 10 miles for any return journey or round trip. Holiday is paid equivalent to 5.6 weeks inclusive of Public Holidays, pro rata to hours worked.
Alive supplies equipment and session resources. Full training and support will be provided by our experienced team.
Please see the job description and person specification for details.
How to apply
Please download and complete the application form, making a compelling case for why you would make an outstanding Alive Session Facilitator. Tell us how your experience, skills and personal attributes meet the requirements of the person specification.
Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Monday 29th October. Please do not send CVs. Shortlisted candidates will also be asked to attend and co-facilitate part of an activity session, and separately to come for interview. Session and interview slots will be available on Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th, and Wednesday 14th November.
If successful, you will be asked to observe further sessions, undertake training and co-facilitate sessions as part of an induction process through November/December, with regular work starting from January. If you would like an informal chat about the role, please call Gill Roberts on 0117 377 4756.