West Midlands

Practitioners Needed for Dudley Kick Ash Arts Programme – deadline 6 August

Dudley Kick Ash is an arts programme encouraging young people to spread the smokefree message. Groups of young people (aged 11-19) have successfully bid for funding to run their own small-scale arts project which will deliver their message through their chosen art form.

Projects run throughout September and October, day-time and evenings, and some of the groups are looking for artists to run sessions in various art forms with them.

Get Talking: Wellbeing, Staffordshire – deadline 27 July

An Action Learning Event in Staffordshire, offering practitioners who are working with communities to explore health and wellbeing issues an opportunity to develop their practice by participating in an Action Learning Programme. This will take the form of a series of 3 facilitated workshops facilitated by Kate Gant and Penny Vincent. Bursaries for this event are available.

Arts & Older People Officer, Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Herefordshire - deadline 5 July

Working as part of the Education and Outreach team, the successful candidate will co-ordinate and manage arts activities for older people in Herefordshire, with particular reference to the Market Towns and their immediate environs. There are two principal aims of this project; to provide stimulating and accessible arts projects for older people and provide arts training opportunities for people working with older people.

Connected Compassionate Communities: An Action Research Project, West Midlands - deadline 13 July

Marian and Shaun Naidoo have been commissioned by the combined commissioning group to undertake Connected Compassionate Communities in Birmingham and Solihull. The overarching aim of this action research project is to improve the lives of frail older people and the people who care for them. This project is also part of the implementation of a new integrated care pathway for frail older people including those living with Dementia.

Postgraduate Community and Participatory Arts Programme at Staffordshire University

Professional development opportunities for practitioners.

The Postgraduate Community and Participatory Arts Programme at Staffordshire University aims to develop involvement in this field of work, and supports practitioners to gain skills and knowledge with which to respond to the changing context in which we all work.

Call for Expressions of Interest from Artists and Designers, Dudley – deadline 14 May

Bloomin' is an arts programme developed by Creative Health CIC to reduce smoking during pregnancy in Dudley. Based on a social marketing model, the first phase of the programme will investigate the root causes of why women continue to smoke in pregnancy, despite hard evidence that it is harmful to both them and their baby. In the second phase, marketing interventions will be put in place to encourage behaviour change. Expressions of interest are invited from artists and designers who would like to work on the programme.

Project coordinator, Friction Arts, Birmingham – deadline 18 May

Friction is seeking an experienced project coordinator for its HLF-funded 'Echoes' project. Echoes seeks to engage people with their shared heritage through a series of interventions, events and online resources, leading to an immersive exhibition during the Summer of 2013. The post is a fixed-term part-time contract, ending in December 2013. Friction Arts is also seeking an evaluator for the same project.

For more information and an application pack, contact Marta Samalea at Friction Arts.

Health & Wellbeing Festival at Artsfest 2012, Birmingham – deadline 23 April

Last year Creative Health hosted a Health and Wellbeing themed festival as part of Artsfest profiling the work of organisations and artists working in arts, health and wellbeing.

This year Creative Health is offering the same opportunity on Sunday 9 September in Birmingham City Centre.

Chief Executive Officer, Sound It Out, Birmingham – deadline 24 April

Sound It Out Community Music is an independent registered charity, and is one of the UK’s leading participatory arts agencies, with 20 years’ experience of using music as a medium to transform lives across Birmingham and throughout the West Midlands.

Its current CEO has recently been appointed as Managing Director of its new sister trading company; and therefore the company is seeking a new CEO.

The CEO is responsible for the overall leadership, development, planning, management, finance and operation of Sound It Out within the policies and strategies agreed by the board.

Making services more accessible to people with learning disability

Mencap is delivering a programme of one-day training courses about learning disability awareness. 

Using real life stories and experiences the interactive workshops will help develop skills and build confidence in identifying people with a learning disability and adapting support to meet their needs.

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