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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

WAP - Project Manager for West Mercia Police Crime Commissioner's Grant Programme


Project Manager Needed

Following two successful bids to the West Mercia Police Crime Commissioner's Grant Programme, The Worcestershire Arts Partnership (WAP) are looking to recruit an experienced Project Manager to manage their Inspiring Futures Through The Arts Project.

The two programmes are:

-       To work with adults (16 plus) to reduce crime and risk of offending

-       To work with young people (13-16) to reduce crime and risk of offending


About the programme

Inspiring Futures Through The Arts is a project using arts to reduce crime amongst adults and young people in Worcestershire. It forms part of a wider initiative set up by The West Mercia Police across the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire to reduce offending rates across the region by providing support programmes including arts, sports and mentoring work.


In 2016 WAP was successful in their funding bid to run a one year programme and have in that year used arts to reach out to around 40 adults who are known to the Criminal Justice System. These arts activities included Drama, Magic, Creative Writing, Pottery and Visual Arts. The programme was aimed at adults and young people over 16 and has seen some excellent results from those taking part.

In 2017 West Mercia Police extended the work for a further year and also introduced a new strand of work aimed at working with those aged 13-16 years of age. We are seeking a project manager to work with both age ranges over two programmes of work.


Your Role and Responsibilities

You will be expected to undertake the following roles and responsibilities:


-       Summary of the job's main responsibilities

  • Achieve the outcomes identified in the grant application, namely: To provide a co-ordinated programme of arts activity for Worcestershire offenders/those at risk of offending/those vulnerable to being a crime victim to provide practical and personal development skills to develop confidence, help people into work and reduce crime
  • Develop artists working in this field, and deliver on Worcestershire Arts Partnership’s (WAP) 1000 Days Arts Strategy
  •  Provide evidence that arts in criminal justice works and use this to raise the profile of the arts in Worcestershire


-       Specific Roles and Responsibilities

·         Recruit a pool of artists and arts organisations for both projects

·         Ensure the artists have the relevant DBS checks

·         Find programmes and groups of people who will take part in the project(s). Please note that some of these are in place and now need confirmation

·         Profile the project to stakeholders

·         Attend Meetings with the West Mercia Police and other stakeholders

·         Ensure the projects and workshops are run in a safe manner and are risk assessed

·         Assist the County Arts Officer on the collation of data for the West Mercia Police

·         Ensure all artists attend Outcome Star and Safeguarding Training

·         Attend meetings of the Worcestershire Arts Partnership when requested


Your skills, experience and behaviours

·         Project Management Skills including co-ordinating multiple activities

·         Knowledge of the Arts and how it can work within the Criminal Justice System

·         Experience of running and working with budgets and ensuring that the budget reflects the original bids

·         Experience of working with people who have at times challenging behaviour

·         Patience and empathy





You will be managed by Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer


Duration of work

Your contract will be from 15th May 2017 to 31st March 2018


Your fee

The total fee for the work is £8.000 including all expenses


How to apply

Please send in a CV and no more than two pages of A4 Outlining your skills and experience to Steve Wilson on swilson@worcestershire.gov.uk by Friday 5th May 2017

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