Creative Recovery, Curatorial and Arts Admin Volunteer – 16 Days of Action exhibition
Creative Recovery, Curatorial and Arts Admin Volunteer – with Veritas Justice CIC
As part of the 16 Days of Action Against Violence against Women and Girls Campaign 2018 (http://16daysofaction.co.uk/) and to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the Stalking Law Reform in England and Wales, Veritas will be holding an art exhibition at the University of Brighton on Thursday 29 November 2018, 6-8pm.
The exhibition will display artwork created through our Peer Support Workshops and Recovery Services, as well as independently, by our clients and others who have experienced stalking, either personally or through their support of close family and friends.
Local agencies, community groups and the public (upon booking) will be invited to a private viewing to raise awareness of the personal experiences of people who are stalked, its impact and the therapeutic benefits of Recovery Services in Stalking cases.
The exhibition will form part of the 16 Days of Action events programme which is led by the Joint Domestic, Sexual Violence & Abuse and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Unit Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.
We are looking for a committed and enthusiastic volunteer (or two volunteers to work as team) to:
- Help facilitate peer support workshops, specifically, assisting clients in the creation and development of their artwork for the exhibition, under the supervision of our Director of Recovery Services
- Support clients and other exhibitors with the best way in which to install and exhibit their art work
- Arts and events admin including assisting with the invitation process for the event, liaison with guests and clients/artists
- Be key in helping to set up the exhibition and install the artwork
- Assist with social media to advertise the event
- Set up – and keep up to date – an ongoing database of artwork to be displayed at the exhibition
- Event assistance on the lead up to and on the evening exhibition.
In return, you will get the opportunity to:
- Access an amazing opportunity to add to your CV or portfolio
- Develop your skills in community arts, events/hospitality, curating an exhibition and facilitating recovery through creative/art therapeutic services – and something tangible to let future employers know about!
- Continue volunteering with Veritas after this project
- Receive a reference from us.
Applicants need to have the following skills, aptitudes and/or experience and be able to demonstrate this in the application process:
- Passionate about community arts, creative therapy and potentially, peer support/recovery services
- Competency in IT systems including: Eventbrite, Word, Excel, e-mail, social media (Facebook & Twitter), and preferably, design packages e.g. for posters/adverts
- Confident in liaising with people – in-person, over the phone or by e-mail – and approachable
- Confident in assisting with facilitating workshops
- Confident in working with potentially vulnerable people or people who are vulnerable due to their current situation
- Excellent communication skills – you are able to communicate effectively and appropriately, to staff, professionals we work with, other volunteers and our clients
- Responsive, flexible and act with self-initiative
- A commitment to the role, and be reliable throughout the project, seeing it through to completion
- Able to positively work to the direction of the Director of Recovery Services and when applicable, the rest of the Veritas management team
- We are a small hard-working team with lots to do and a focus on our clients, so we are looking for a volunteer who can step up and really help move forward our 16 Days of Action arts exhibition planning and development.
We are looking for a volunteer to start ASAP and volunteer on a weekly basis until and including the exhibition evening on 29 November 2018, to include:
- Peer Support and Creative Therapies Sessions – once a month on a Wednesday evening, 5-7pm, with set up and set down time either side – approx. 30 mins in total
- Arts and event admin, including artist/client liaison – 3-4 hours per week (day of the week and time to be mutually agreed in advance) in the Veritas office, with the potential of working from home on occasion – dependent on the task
- Installation of artwork for exhibition, the day before, on Wednesday 28 November 2018
- Exhibition event evening on Thursday 29 November 2018, approx. 5-9pm, plus set up and set down time on the evening.
- Induction to the organisation, role and expectations
- Training as relevant/appropriate, though we are expecting a volunteer to ‘hit the ground running’ with the appropriate information, guidance and support throughout the project, of course
- There may also be the opportunity to attend some of our Sussex Police/stalking awareness/cyber safety training, dependent upon available spaces and/or dates.
About the organisation
Veritas Justice is the stalking advocacy and training service in Sussex: http://veritas-justice.co.uk/.
- To raise awareness, inform and educate organisations and individuals on the challenges faced by victims of stalking and harassment and the considerable impact on families and children.
- To advocate for people, empower and enable individuals to make informed decisions within the criminal and civil and family justice systems.
- To encourage professional responsibility to ensure the decision-making process is centred on client/victim best interests.
- To work collaboratively and in partnership with local and national organisations and professionals to improve the outcomes for victims of stalking and their families.
We combine professional expertise with personal experience to deliver and inform Training, Research, Reform and Support.
We work closely with RISE and The Portal, Sussex Police and the Police Crime Commissioner’s Office, Brighton and Hove City Council, University of Brighton, Social Services, Victim Services and a number of other local agencies. We also work with national organisations such as the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and National Stalking Helpline.
Our key remits are currently: advocacy and support, cyber safety and recovery services.
How to apply
- Registration with the Active Student Volunteering Service at the University of Brighton*
- Veritas Justice volunteer registration form
- Submission of a CV with a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this role and how you meet the requirements for the role
- If you are successful at initial application stage you wll be invited to an interview at our office, with our Director of Recovery Service and Office Manager
*You need to apply via the university’s volunteering service, Active Student:
Tel: 01273 644145
Visit: Your local university Student Centre
Vacancy Service: www.brighton.ac.uk/careers/resources