March 2022. We're hiring a Creative Project Facilitator to work on our two campaigns with Manchester Central Foodbank. Please submit your applications by 9am on Monday 4th April via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the job description here:
CREATIVE PROJECT FACILITATOR
Salary: £150 per day, 2 days per week (15hrs - 0.4FT) from start date until 1st July, 3 days per week (22.5hrs - 0.6FT) until end of contract
Contract: 7 months fixed, 01/05/2022 – 01/12/2022
Seniority: Mid-level freelance position - For this role you must be registered as self-employed, or willing to register
Location: Manchester based - This role will include a mix of remote working and leading workshops, events and sessions in central Manchester. If you do not live in Greater Manchester, please only apply if you feel comfortable commuting one day or more per week. Travel costs will not be reimbursed.
Deadline: 9am on Monday 4th April, interviews Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th April 2022.
Get It Done is a community arts organisation based in Manchester and London. Get It Done works directly with communities to facilitate creative projects, workshops and events to create measurable social change, and upskills young people with the tools to lead impactful projects themselves and professionalise their creative practices. Born in 2017 out of a frustration at a lack of creative opportunities in Manchester, and how young people were being left out of the important conversations being had around the city, Get It Done was formed on an ethos of collaboration, innovation and participation, with a mission to make grassroots tools for creative arts accessible to everyone, to start their own thing, to get it done. Since 2017 we have worked with a vast range of partners to deliver impactful creative social projects; including producing a two-year creative campaign platforming the experiences of people using foodbanks with Manchester Central Foodbank, running critical thinking programmes for young people to build skills in community arts at Manchester Metropolitan University and co-ordinating arts festivals filled with performances, live art, workshops and talks. We have a track record of enabling young people and communities to thrive. Up to date information on our campaigns can be found on our social media here.
ABOUT THE ROLE
In this role, you will be working across two campaigns led by Get It Done and Manchester Central Foodbank; Can You Hear Me Now? and Placemaking Piccadilly.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
Can You Hear Me Now? is an ongoing campaign platforming the experiences of people using foodbanks, through creative expressions of food insecurity. Over the past two years, Manchester Central Foodbank and Get It Done have been working with people using foodbanks to create an archive of foodbank stories, spanning content such as interviews, disposable camera pictures, artworks and reflections from Greater Manchester citizens.
In addition, during lockdown and when access to entertainment was limited for many, we designed creative activity packs that were distributed to over 1200+ individuals experiencing food insecurity across Greater Manchester, including pupils from four partner schools. These activity packs were designed to encourage creativity and critical thinking, prompting reflection on topics such as identity, community, local politics and utopian policymaking through fun activities. When restrictions were lifted, we ran a pilot programme of six creative workshops based on our previous activities for foodbank users over Summer 2021.
Following the success of the campaign so far, in 2022 we will redevelop our archive to use as an impactful tool for public engagement in foodbank stories and co-create a 6-month creative arts programme with our foodbank users to start in May, for which this role will focus on. For more information on Can You Hear Me Now? please click here.
Working on the Can You Hear Me Now? campaign your responsibilities will include:
Coordinating the 6-month creative workshop programme – Facilitating workshops with diverse groups of participants, sourcing workshop materials, liaising with venues and guest artists, working with our Local Organiser to build engagement, building strong relationships with participants.
Archive of foodbank stories – Maintaining the archive by undertaking foodbank client interviews alongside our Local Organiser, uploading interviews to the archive, creating shareable interview quote content, liaising with press / media to promote the archive, reaching out to policymakers and people with power to gather reflections on foodbank stories, organising micro-interventions in Central Manchester to build public awareness of the campaign.
Distributing activity packs – Coordinating the distribution of activity packs to Greater Manchester residents experiencing food insecurity.
Marketing & content – Promoting the campaign through social media, generally liaising with press or organisational partners, maintaining Get It Done’s strong visual social media brand, producing visual content in support of the campaign.
General admin – Responding to emails, liaising with the foodbank team, coordinating with key stakeholders and organisational partners.
Placemaking Piccadilly is a community arts campaign led by Get It Done and Manchester Central Foodbank, striving for a new vision for Manchester's public spaces that’s inclusive to all, especially those facing inequalities.
Placemaking Piccadilly aims to create a platform at the centre of the city for the voices and creative expression of those facing inequalities to communicate directly with decision-makers and the general public. We also aim to create a coalition of grassroots organisations supporting people from diverse backgrounds to participate in shaping local policy.
Coinciding with Manchester City Council’s announcement of the upcoming redevelopment of Piccadilly Gardens, we began the campaign in April 2021 with a series of community consultation workshops re-designing the central square. This moved into a series of events consulting the public on how to create a more inclusive public space for all, including a music youth meet-up in September, a creative micro-festival in Piccadilly Gardens in October and two ‘Town Hall’-style manifesto-making workshops. Following the creation of our manifesto in February, or our 8-point list of demands for a reimagined Piccadilly Gardens, we are currently building awareness and excitement around the campaign ahead of our exhibition taking place at HOME in late April, with many exciting events and interventions taking place in the upcoming weeks. For more information on Placemaking Piccadilly please click here.
Following a successful first phase of the campaign, you will be involved in shaping the future of what happens next. Further to the exhibition taking place at the end of April, we aim to work closely with policymakers in Manchester to enact tangible and creative change for the region. As this campaign is co-created with citizens of Greater Manchester, we cannot say for certain what the responsibilities will involve, however the following stage of the campaign may include:
Community consultation – Engaging diverse individuals across Manchester in creative activities surrounding placemaking and critical thinking on our collective urban spaces, through workshops and small events.
Public events / interventions – Similar to our previous public events and interventions that took place across central Manchester, engaging the public in our work through creative methods.
Strategy – Contribute and shape our campaign strategy, working with policymakers, partner organisations and creative institutions to turn community conversations into tangible changes in our public spaces.
Creative evaluation – You will work to evaluate the first phase of the campaign through creative methods and techniques. This could include working closely with our participants, running feedback events, discussion groups, using online techniques etc.
Proven experience and confidence in facilitating (creative) workshops and events with diverse participants
Proven ability to engage diverse groups of people
Proven experience of producing impactful projects and achieving meaningful and high-quality outputs and/or outcomes
Proven experience of bringing innovative ideas to fruition
High level organisational skills and ability to work independently; a self-starter with good initiative
An inclusive, friendly and approachable nature; a fun personality
Strong skills producing visual content, an interest in social media and graphic design
Proven experience of coordinating complex public-facing events
Awareness of issues around poverty and food insecurity
An interest in placemaking, community place-building or urban regeneration
A personal creative practice that you wish to bring into the campaign
HOW TO APPLY
We actively encourage applications from individuals who are traditionally less represented in the creative sector, as our ethos celebrates embedding diverse creative voices into important decision-making conversations. Applicants with direct experience of food insecurity that meet the necessary personal requirements will receive an automatic interview after application. Please indicate in your application or CV if this is the case.
Please send a two A4 page maximum cover letter explaining how you meet the criteria and your CV to email@example.com by 9am on Monday 4th April. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th April with a view to start around the first week of May 2022.
If you would like to include any visual examples or a portfolio of your work or experiences in addition to your cover letter and CV, please feel free. If you have any access requirements, please do not hesitate to get in contact and we can ensure that your application is received in whichever way is best. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website www.getitdoneart.com.