Freelance Support Tutors

Drunken Chorus is a registered charity and theatre company, established in 2007. We run creative programmes for adults with learning disabilities (DISCO DISCO); produce inclusive and accessible public events, including our flagship festival A Bit Of A Do; support artists and companies who are d/Deaf, visually impaired and/or disabled; create and tour accessible performances to local audiences; and support emerging artists to create new work.

We currently run a creative workshop programme for adults with learning disabilities and those on the autism spectrum, called DISCO DISCO. This includes two weekly groups: an existing company of 10 performers creating contemporary performances for public audiences at events and festivals in Croydon and across London; and a new series of relaxed workshops, beginning in April 2020, to build confidence and develop transferable skills, without the pressure to perform in front of an audience.

We are now seeking two support tutors – one for each group, to work alongside the Director for the performance company, and one to support the Dramatherapist for the workshop group. Workshops take place at The Front Room in Croydon on Monday evenings, between 3.30pm and 7.30pm. The workshop group will be 1 hour 15 mins in length, and the performance company is 1.5 hours.

We are looking for two support tutors with experience working with vulnerable adults, people with learning disabilities, and those who are at risk from exclusion in society and / or from developing mental health problems.

SESSION TIMES:

Mondays: 3.30-7.30pm (Workshop Group: 4-5.15pm / Performance Company: 5.30-7pm)

TERMS:

Summer: April – June 2020

Autumn: September – December 2020

Spring: January – March 2021

LOCATION:

The Front Room, 37-39 St George’s Walk, CR0 1TL Croydon

General duties:

  • To support with the planning and delivery of weekly drama workshops for adults with learning disabilities, supporting participants in developing confidence, resilience, communication and social skills.
  • To support the Director or Dramatherapist in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all participants and provide additional support to individuals if required
  • To support in establishing a supportive and creative environment for participants and staff
  • To support in ensuring that all sessions are fully accessible, and cater to all additional needs
  • To support with evaluation and tracking of participants’’ progress

Specific Duties for Performance Company

  • To support with the planning and creation of new performance pieces
  • To attend events and performances (additional fees / expenses available) to support the company

Specific Duties for Workshop Group

  • To provide pastoral support for participants, as required and when requested by the Dramatherapist
  • To provide one-to-one support for participants with additional needs, as required and when requested by the Dramatherapist

Person Specification:

  • At least one years’ experience as a support tutor, or as a volunteer working with vulnerable adults or young people
  • Knowledge of mental health and arts as therapy (particularly for the Workshop Group)
  • Knowledge / experience of contemporary performance practices (particularly for the Performance Company)
  • The ability to create an inclusive and supportive environment
  • Warm and friendly approach to a wide range of people
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A recent DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Fee: £60 per session (10 sessions per term)

Contract: Freelance. The candidate must be registered as self-employed and will be responsible for their own tax.

Payment: Fees will be paid by cheque, on receipt of invoices (two payments of £300 per term, at the mid-way point and end of each term).


Start Date: Candidates must be available to start on Monday 27 April 2020


TO APPLY

If you would like to apply for either / both posts, please send a CV, along with a cover letter of no more than 2 pages, outlining: which group you would like to work with (if you are interested in either please outline why you would be suitable for both); your relevant experience; why you are interested in the role; and what skills and attributes you would bring to the organization. Please send your application by email to: chris@drunkenchorus.co.uk


Closing date: Midday on 6 April 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

Interviews will take place in the week beginning 13 April 2020

DISCO DISCO is supported by Didymus and the Souter Charitable Trust