what is creative mentoring?

Creative Mentoring, pioneered by Derbyshire County Council’s Virtual School and The Amber Factory, is a one-to-one approach to working with identified children and young people who are experiencing vulnerabilities and/or disadvantage. The majority of the children and young people we work with are care-experienced or have a Social Worker for other needs, however we also work with children and young people at risk of offending, who are involved in mental health services, or who are struggling to engage in education.

Creative Mentoring aims to develop a child or young person’s sense of self, purpose and belonging by broadening a world of opportunities through the creative practice of a Creative Mentor.

about the role

We are looking for Creative Mentors to help us reach the demand of our Creative Mentoring service!

Our Creative Mentors are experienced practitioners from a range of backgrounds and different creative disciplines including (but not limited to) art, design, craft, textiles, creative writing, fashion, music, dance, drama, interactive media, journalism, film and photography.

When children and young people are referred to us, we work with them to decide which Creative Mentors are best placed to work with them considering things like location, interests, and any specific support that they need.

As a Creative Mentor, you will act as an advocate for The Mighty Creatives and network of support services for children and young people in need, through target areas of delivery, as well as wider work of the charity. You will support children and young people through one-to-one and/or one to many training and/or Creative Mentoring sessions. You will allow beneficiaries of the programme the time and space to develop their engagement in activities through the arts and/or understanding of the sector needs and how they can apply the skills from the programme into education, society, employment or training.

These sessions should also support individuals to identify what activity and wider education, employment and enterprise support services that might be required to support them into the world of work in partnership with other professionals supporting the child/young person.

what are we looking for?

We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds, however we will be prioritising the below geographical areas.

 

Certain Areas in the West
Midlands:

• East Staffordshire (including Birton, Uttoxeter, Tamworth)
• Newcastle and Staffordshire Moorlands (including Stoke-on-Trent, Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph)
• Stafford (including Stafford and Stone)
• South Staffordshire
• Lichfield (including Lichfield and Burntwood) and Cannock (including Cannock and Rugeley)
• Burton Upon-Trent,
• Birmingham and Coventry.

Certain Areas in the East
Midlands:

• Leicester City
• Leicestershire (including
Loughborough, Coalville,
Hinckley, Wigston, Market
Bosworth and Ashby-de-la-
Zouch)
• Rutland (including
Oakham, Uppingham and
Stamford)
• South Derbyshire
(including Melbourne and
Swadlincote)
• North-East Derbyshire
(including Clay Cross,
Chesterfield and
Dronfield)
• High Peak (including
Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith
and Glossop)
• Nottingham City.

Whilst we are looking for Creative Mentors practicing in various disciplines, we are specifically welcoming those with expertise in the below:

 

• Music Production and
Technology
• Carpentry or Woodwork
• Sculpture
• Mechanics
• Engineering and STEM based
Arts
• Performing Arts and Dance
• Digital Art (filmmaking,
photography, animation etc)
• Video Games Design including
Virtual Reality
• Illustration.

We also welcome applications from those who are fluent in Arabic, Pastho, Persian or Vietnamese, due to our work with Children from Overseas.

how to apply

If you are interested in becoming one of our Creative Mentors at The Mighty Creatives, please download the Service Specification and Supporting Info documents, along with the application form, and submit a completed application form outlining your experience against the provider specification.

Please note: We are looking for succinct responses to this opportunity focusing on the provider specification as outlined on pages 7-9 of the Service Specification document. It would be great to hear about previous work you have done and existing relationships you have in delivering similar services with children and young people, responding to this provider spec and the essential and desirable criteria, so please do refer to these in your application.  

This should be sent to recruitment@themightycreatives.com by the deadline of 9am on Thursday 20th June 2024. 

want to know more?

If you are considering applying to join our pool of Creative Mentors, we encourage you to attend our free Creative Mentor Pre-Application Briefing Session on Wednesday 5th June, 5-7pm on Zoom. This online briefing will provide information to prospective applicants about the role, responsibilities, and the process. Book onto the briefing session below.

Creative Mentor Service Specification 292.44 KB
Creative Mentor Supporting Info311.69 KB
Creative Mentor Application Form469.36 KB
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