Brain Changer Arts Project

Contract: 48 weeks 

Base: The Brain Charity, Norton Street, Liverpool. L3 8LR & multiple locations

Hours: 2hrs per week (flexible working hours)

Salary: £35 per hour

The Brain Changer Arts Project is a wonderful and mysterious thing: constantly in motion, living, growing and reconfiguring itself over and over again until we are well into our mid 20’s and even our 30’s.

At The Brain Charity, we believe that early intervention for children and young people with neurological conditions is vital and that every child should have the support they need to reach their full potential.

Through the receipt of funding from BBC Children in Need, the Brain Changer Arts Project will utilise the skills of professional dancers and visual artists to work alongside those working in the fields of both neuro-physiotherapy and neuro-occupational therapy to improve the lives of children and young people with neurological conditions.

The Brain Charity will deliver regular dance and art/craft-based classes in which the moves, routines and exercises are based on wide-ranging and high impact physiotherapy and occupational therapy techniques designed specifically to improve mobility, hand and arm skills and confidence in the children and young people taking part. 

If you are passionate about our cause and would like to become part of a vibrant and growing team we would love to hear from you.

Background to The Brain Charity

The Brain Charity offers emotional support, practical help and social activities to anyone with a neurological condition and to their family, friends and carers. 

There are hundreds of different neurological conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, brain tumour, Alzheimer’s disease and many rarer conditions.

We are an award-winning charity and have recently received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest accolade given by the Crown to Third Sector organisations.

Duties and Key Responsibilities of the Occupational Therapist

Project Development:

  • Collaborate with the Arts Leader to design a series of arts and crafts-based activities.
  • Support the establishment of an assessment criteria for applicants wishing to attend dance sessions.

Marketing:

  • Work with the Project Coordinator to record case studies which support the project’s evaluation and promotion.
  • Actively support promotion of the course amongst professional contacts.

Project Delivery:

  • Carry out initial assessments of attendees.
  • Produce resources for attendees, as well as parents or carers.
  • Offer ongoing advice and guidance to individuals attending the arts sessions to help improve their physical wellbeing.

Research and Evaluation:

  • Use evaluation methods to identify and measure progress on key themes which will be used to report on the success of the project.
  • Monitor progress against outputs and outcomes in the project application.
  • Work with the Project Coordinator to produce regular written progress reports as required by the Chief Executive Officer and the project’s funders.

General Responsibilities:

  • Take responsibility for being up-to-date with and adhering to the Charity’s current policies and procedures.

An ideal candidate will have:

  • A-levels and/or relevant vocational qualifications.
  • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy.
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Evidence of actively pursuing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities
  • Good analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Excellent group work skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – including observation, listening and empathy skills.
  • Ability to assess people with neurological disabilities.
  • Ability to reflect on practice both individually and with other project workers.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Experience of working with people who have a disability and/or a neurological condition.
  • Experience of working with children and young people.
  • Knowledge of health sector-based therapies.
  • Commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Willingness to work outside normal office hours on occasion.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of children and young people with neurological conditions.

Please ring 0151 298 2999 or e-mail jobs@thebraincharity.org.uk to request your application pack.

www.thebraincharity.org.uk/

Closing date: 30th September 2019