Cork County Council Library and Arts Service in collaboration with Kerry County Arts Service, the HSE Southwest and The Crawford Art Gallery,  are seeking a contractor to deliver a Pilot Creative Health and Wellbeing Programme. Make Or Break is a creative wellbeing pilot programme, which aims to promote employee wellbeing through creative workshops offered in the workplace, developed as an initiative of the Cork County Council Creative Ireland programme in 2023. The programme offers employees to opportunity to take part in a creative activity facilitated by an artist during their break time.  The activities are designed to be fun, encourage social interaction and conversation while providing a stimulating creative experience and outcome for each participant.

The Make or Break programme is now being extended to workplaces in the Cork and Kerry region, funded by Creative Ireland, through the Creative Health and Wellbeing Scheme and supported by Cork County Council, Kerry County Council and HSE and The Crawford Art Gallery.

Aims of Make or Break

  • Develop, test and evaluate a model of creative activity that supports wellbeing in the workplace through active employee participation in creative activity.
  • Increase employee wellbeing through creative engagement and social interaction.
  • Develop and provide creative wellbeing programme that can be accessed in the workplace.
  • Encourage a culture of creativity in the workplace with a focus on collaboration and innovation.
  • Deliver a flexible programme informed by participant feedback and preference
  • Provide an accessible programme to be delivered by and in consultation with professional creative practitioners with a track record of delivering quality workshops.

Cork County Council Library and Arts Service wishes to appoint an experienced programme coordinator to lead this expansion. Delivery will require intensive input from the coordinator during the establishment phase, which we estimate will take approximately 3 months.  Once the programme is up and running we envisage the project will require a reduced input on a part time basis in the region of 15-20 hours per week.

Due to the nature of the funding support the project will take place in several phases;

  • Establishment August to October 2024.
  • Initial workshop programme November 2024 to February 2025, this will include 2 blocks of 6 weeks.
  • Second workshop programme March to July 2025
  • Final workshop programme September to November 2025
  • Evaluation and final report End January 2026

The Coordinator role will operate as a contract for services between the successful applicant and Cork County Council Arts Office. The contract will be executed in two parts. The First contract will l run from August 2024 until the end of February 2025. Subject to funding from Creative Ireland and successful performance the contract will be extended to the end of January 2026. The total budget for the contract for services will not exceed €8000 in 2024 inclusive of VAT and any other expenses incurred in connection with the delivery of services. Subject to funding from Creative Ireland and successful performance the contract will be extended to the end of January 2026.

Responsibilities

The role requires a versatile, experienced self-starter with access to own transport and a full clean driving licence and will involve:

  • Meeting with prospective clients including public sector workplace managers and business owners in the private sector.
  • Developing the programme with a panel of creative practitioners.
  • Coordinating the creative sessions over 6 months in multiple locations. The ambition is for workshops to be delivered in 15 locations across Cork and Kerry, over two 6 weeks blocks in each location.
  • Promoting the programme in collaboration with the partners involved.
  • Identifying and securing Private Industry workplaces in which to deliver the services.
  • Acting as the point of contact for all Make or Break queries.
  • Reporting to the Cork County Council Arts Office team, to ensure the project is effectively administered at all stages. Liaising with project partners and external evaluator on completion of the incentive
  • Documenting the project and compiling data on attendance and engagement from all organisers.

Person Specification

  • Enthusiastic and highly motivated individual that sees the potential and would relish the opportunity to lead and progress this project
  • Possess a relevant third level qualification and / or considerable experience working in similar role(s)
  • Experience in the planning, development and delivery of a range of art, culture and community outreach projects, events, and initiatives.
  • Excellent time management skills to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Strong project management, curation and relationship management skills.
  • Comfortable engaging with members and stakeholders to drive participation and collaboration
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills for effective communication with partners, participants and creative facilitators
  • Capacity to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds, agencies and sectors.
  • Knowledge of Local Authority and Health Service Executive operations is an advantage but not essential
  • Good business acumen to understand project objectives and contribute strategic insights
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively within a team environment Full clean Driver’s License and own vehicle

How to Apply

  • A short professional resume demonstrating your experience relevant to the role.
  • A brief outline how you plan to meet the requirements of the role (no more than 750 words).
  • A full quotation for the provision of the above project co-ordination services.
  • Copy of current Driver’s licence and declaration that you will have access to your own transport, if appointed.
  • Interviews will be arranged with shortlisted candidates after the closing date.

Submissions must be emailed by 5pm on 17 July 2024 by emailing the above to Creative.Ireland@Corkcoco.ie (please note emails should not be larger than 10MB in size). Email any enquiries about this contract to Arts@Corkcoco.ie.

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