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Creative Connector

Villages in Action (ViA), the southern Devon community touring scheme run by Creative Kernow, is looking to recruit Creative Connectors for a 6 month placement.

We are currently recruiting young people through the Government’s Kickstart scheme for 16-24 year olds.


About Us

Creative Kernow supports the production, promotion and distribution of work by creative practitioners in the South West. The Creative Connectors will be part of the Villages in Action (ViA) team which supports community touring in southern Devon. ViA supports a network of over 30 villages and towns to promote professional touring performances to local audiences. We support communities in Mid, East, South and West Devon, Teignbridge and the South Hams. For the last 3 years Villages in Action has been managed by our partners in Cornwall. These new placements are a part of exciting developments taking place which will support the return of strategic direction of Villages in Action to Devon.

About the Role of Creative Connector

Salary: Living wage

Hours: 25 hours a week

Start date: As soon as possible

The post will support the Touring Producer and Network Lead with a particular focus on the following 3 ViA Projects: 

In Bloom. Our In Bloom season will support 12 live and 6 digital performance events across southern Devon over the next 6 months. This varied role will work closely with experienced volunteer promoters to provide ‘on-the-ground’ support, researching new outdoor performance spaces, supporting Covid-safe creative activity in the Devon communities and audience development. 

Developing the Action Network. We want to create new ways of engaging more of the communities we work with. You will work alongside the Network Lead to develop new partnerships to support community-led  creative activity. 

From Devon With Love. You will work with the Touring Producer to deliver the From Devon With Love festival which gives performance opportunities to artists making new live work in Devon.

Please note that we are a flexible organisation and can adapt to serve the right individual for this post.

Primary Duties  

  • Planning and delivering live events in community settings as part of a team
  • Making contact with individuals, community groups, businesses and others to raise awareness of our work and to encourage participation in creative activity
  • Updating databases with artists, show information, funding offers and other details
  • Maintaining friendly advice and support both in person and  online email enquiries as required.

Additional tasks

  • Updating websites with event information and news, including blog posts
  • Assisting with the creation of original content for websites and social media
  • Scheduling and distribution of social media content
  • Work with line managers to identify and attend development opportunities, networking and events appropriate for the development of the role and the organisation.
  • Support the wider Creative Kernow team where appropriate. 

This is not an exhaustive list of duties and you may be required to carry out other tasks in accordance with the needs of the organisation.  You will need to be flexible and adaptable in respect of your role.

Each participant will have access to coaching and mentorship from Managers and Senior Team members across Creative Kernow and Villages in Action. We will provide access to the wider cultural sector to facilitate and encourage networking, and link with other cultural partners supporting Kick Start roles in Devon to form a peer network.

About You

Essential

  • Flexible, adaptable, able to work on own initiative, with a positive can-do attitude
  • An ability to thrive as part of a small team
  • Good interpersonal, communication and customer service skills
  • Very well organised with excellent time management skills; reliable and with the ability to self-motivate
  • Interest in live performance and motivation to attend events
  • Enthusiasm and some knowledge of digital and social media platforms 

Desirable

  • Full valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for business use.

How to Apply

We are offering the above roles as 6 month job placements for young people (age 16-24), 25 hours a week paying National Living Wage, who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. You do need to be on Universal Credit so if you’re not, click here to find out if you’re eligible.

For more information about the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme, click here.

To apply for these positions, please contact your Jobcentre Work Coach at your local Jobcentre who will refer you to the position. Please provide our postcode TQ14 8AH to help your Work Coach with locating the job. If you have been deemed eligible by your Jobcentre Work Coach and referred to the position, you can apply as follows:

Download the Application Form and the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form below and email your completed application form to mair@villagesinaction.co.uk by 5pm on Friday 4 June 2021.

Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

For an informal discussion about the post, please feel free to contact Mair George by email mair@villagesinaction.co.uk

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