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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Chair of Children and Young People Group - paid opportunity

Chair of Children of Young People Group


The Worcestershire Arts Partnership (WAP) is seeking a Chair to run the Children and Young People (CYP) group



Children and Young People is one of the five priorities of 1000 Days, Worcestershire’s Arts Strategy. This priority is well established within WAP and has seen a number of events and programmes as well as successful funding bids for projects. The highlights over the last two years include:

·         The immersion of Voices and Visions, the County Arts Service Schools based project into the work of the Group

·         The development of the Moving on Staying On Symposium into a University and Elmley funded project to maintain skills in the County

·         Funding from Arts Connect, the West Midlands Bridge organisation, to develop and run an Arts Ambassador Programme in schools


Your experience and skills

We are looking to appoint one or more people to Chair the Group. We are looking for someone with the following attributes:

·         Knowledge and experience of working with schools and artists and organisations to develop and provide arts based outcomes for children and young people

·         Knowledge of how the arts can improve the lives of children and young people

·         Knowledge and experience of working with children and young people in and out of formal education 

·         Knowledge of the further and Higher Education sectors

·         Ability to manage a group of arts practitioners and educators and act as an independent Chair

·         Energy, drive and commitment to embedding WAP within the CYP sector, as a contributor to improving the lives of young people in Worcestershire

·         Experience in bid writing


Your roles and responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities are laid out in 1000 Days, the County Arts Strategy and are as follows:


Oversee the delivery of the Action Plan of the Children and Young people priority of 1000 Days, specifically:



·         Develop the Arts Ambassador scheme across all schools and adapt Voices and Visions to respond to needs

·         Work with the County Arts Service to develop Voices and Visions into a membership programme

·         Develop directory of arts organisations for schools, after exploring issues of quality and currency

·         Oversee the Voices and Visons activity programme

·         To work with the Looked After Children Team to develop interactive arts experiences to embed arts across a wide range of exclusivity

·         Develop a Jump Start event for young people

·         Support the Chair of the New Prescriptions group to oversee the progress of the Inspiring Futures in the Arts project (13-16 year olds) funded through the West Mercia Police

·         Roll out the Moving on Staying On project to ensure that graduates have the opportunities to develop their arts practice in the county

·         Explore funding opportunities for the Children and Young Group to ensure longevity

·         To run one developmental symposium for the sector

·         To act as a Champion and representative for WAP and on occasion deputise for Steve Wilson

·         To attend and report back to the WAP Steering Group

·         To run at least four meetings and oversee 6 CPD events for schools and artists a year and set agendas


The Fee


The fee for the role is £2,000 and this represents a total of approximately 10 Days work or 20 half days over the course of a year. 


This role could be held by one person or shared between 2 people, and responsibilities allocated appropriately. 


At the present time we do not have full funding in place and would thus welcome discussions with anyone interested in the role about approaches to achieving full funding, such as partial in-kind support.  .


How to apply


Please send a CV plus no more than 2 sides of A4, detailing your experience and suitability for the role in response to the information outlined above, and your consideration of the funding approach described above. 


Responses should be sent to

Steve Wilson (SWilson@worcestershire.gov.uk) by 4pm on Friday 12th May

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