Job title: Choir Lead
Reporting to: Executive Administrator
Contract: One year fixed term
Part-time: 5 hours per week – working days to be agreed
Salary: £13K p/a
Closing date: 22 January 2019
The Advocacy Project
The Advocacy Project helps the most marginalised and vulnerable people living in London make effective choices about what happens in their lives while helping them shape the services we all need. We want to make sure that people across all age groups – young people, adults and older people, and across all care groups – including learning disability, mental health, older people and dual diagnosis, can:
- Voice their concerns and issues
- Clearly, understand their rights
- Make effective choices about what happens to their lives
We do so through advocacy services that provide objective support for individuals and their loved ones, and user involvement projects that help service providers improve their performance. Find out more about us at www.advocacyproject.org.uk
The Advocacy Project established a community choir in autumn 2018 and successfully held their first performance for the famous ‘Santa in the City’ race outside St Pauls Cathedral in the heart of London. We are an inclusive choir; all voices are welcome irrespective of their musicality or vocal abilities. We are recruiting for a choir lead to take over The Advocacy Project Community Choir who can build an uplifting sense of shared purposeful activity which will enable us to produce a beautiful sound irrespective of the choir’s technical ability.
The aims of the choir are to:
- address social isolation
- promote wellbeing
- create greater community cohesion
- increase awareness of the value of advocacy in all its various forms.
We aspire to hold 4/5 performances a year which will take place in community settings varying from care homes to homeless shelters to inpatient units and of course keep our Christmas legacy going at the Santa in the City.
- Ability to communicate enthusiasm, passion and encouragement to the choir
- Work inclusively in the community to recruit and engage participants
- Plan and lead weekly rehearsals
- Develop the choir’s repertoire
- Establish and create links with community groups for performances
- Passionate about growing a fun community choir and helping people from all walks of life grow in confidence
- Have a musical/choral background
- A patient teacher with a knowledge of working with mixed abilities
- Proven experience in directing and conducting music groups/choral groups
- Knowledge of a wide range of choral music, non-secular in particular
Administration support will be provided for doing things like room bookings and promoting by social media.
The Advocacy Project is a Disability Confident Committed and Mindful Employer and our staff are integral to the quality of the services we deliver. We are committed to providing an empowering, flexible and supportive working environment for all our staff.
Our employee benefits include 30 days’ annual leave (including up to 3 days between Christmas and New Year), participation in pension scheme with 6% employer contribution, access to free confidential counselling service, and interest-free travel loan/bike loan.
All our staff are encouraged and supported to access continuous learning and development opportunities including our monthly lecture series delivered by sector experts such as Dawn Harwood, Service Director at Women’s and Adolescents Forensic Service, West London Mental Health Trust on ‘Future trends in mental health in a forensic setting’ and Megan Karnes, Director of Hoarding UK on ‘Hoarding behaviours, the Care Act and Advocacy.’
How to apply
Please fill in the form below or send your CV and covering letter, setting out your experience, to by 23:59 pm on Tuesday 22 January 2019. The Interviews will be on Tuesday 29 January 2019.