Local Dance to Health Coordinator
Aesop - Local Dance to Health Coordinator
Location: Witney, Oxfordshire
Salary: £27,500 pro rata - 2.5 days per week or equivalent
The arts can transform people's lives, improve people's health and well-being, and have a role in solving social problems. The UK has an arts sector which is world-class and wide-reaching: commercial arts such as the music industry and publishing, voluntary arts (49,000 local arts groups involving 9.4 million people) and a publicly funded sector which helps the arts to innovate, widen access and raise quality.
Aesop's mission is to realise this potential to transform. Health is the initial focus: helping health harness the powers of the arts, and helping the arts gear up to deliver health improvement. Uniquely, they start with health challenges, and nurture 'Arts Enterprises with a Social Purpose'. These use high quality artists and, from a health point of view, are evidence-based, cost-effective, sustainable and scalable.
Aesop is a bridge-builder between the health and arts sectors helping arts enterprises in health grow. One of their key projects: Dance to Health, uses dance to help older people reduce the risk of falls. A successful pilot was run in 2015 and 2016 Aesop are now ready to expand to deliver this programme across England and Wales.
The Local Dance to Health Coordinator will contribute to the successful development of all dance activities including sourcing venues and workshop hosts, training workshop staff and helpers and providing logistical support.
Key responsibilities include:
-Develop and keep up-to-date a workplan to ensure successful delivery of the local Dance to Health programme
-Identification and recruitment of Host Partners/venues.
-Effective working relationships with local partners
-With the dance partner, co-ordinate and contribute to training for local delivery partners (in particular, dance teams and volunteers), ensuring that they are prepared to deliver the local Dance to Health activities to older people.
-Recruitment of participants and volunteers working with external partners and other programme staff.
-Successful delivery of Improvement Programmes, Maintenance Programmes and ongoing Dance to Health groups.
-Generating momentum for the transition of Dance to Health groups to become self-managed, financially sustainable, and supporting local volunteers to take the lead.
-Propose improvement to programme elements of Dance to Health programme
-Governance - attending meetings of individual Dance to Health group Steering Groups and meetings of the Regional Steering Group.
Skills and Experience required:
-Prior successful community development and project management experience.
-Experience of working with older people
-Demonstrable experience of working with volunteers
-Track record of engaging with groups of hard to reach people
-Substantial and demonstrable interest in dance.
-Professional experience of working in partnership with other agencies, especially local statutory and voluntary sector organisations.
-Proven experience of motivating and supporting people effectively.
-Good understanding and knowledge of issues affecting older people, including barriers to participation.
-First class verbal and written communication skills
-Proven ability to deal with decision makers at all levels with tact and diplomacy.
-Energy, positivity, and an inspiring nature.
-Prior Dance training desirable
Closing date for applications: 9am on Friday 26th May 2017