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The people we help come from many different backgrounds, and we believe Venture Trust can only benefit from having an equally diverse staff team. We are committed to equality of opportunity in employment; whatever your background, we treat all applications fairly – all you need to do is show us why you’d be a great addition to our team.
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Freelance Audio Visual Media Consultant- Project Working with Young People in Glasgow
Hours of work: 40-50. Budget: £1,020 to include travel expenses. Contract end date: July 2017.
Purpose: To help document and interpret young people’s experience of taking part in a Heritage Lottery-Funded ‘Young Roots’ project, using audio-visual materials such as video and photography, working towards a final presentation and online dissemination to other young people and the general public.
Further details: 24 young carers from Glasgow (in two groups) will take part in this project to explore the history and heritage of the Scottish Drovers, incorporating an 8-day ‘heritage journey’ where they will follow historic Drovers’ routes. They will experience wild camping and undertake various challenges resulting in experiential learning, supported throughout and for up to 12 months by 1:1 personal development sessions with their Venture Trust Outreach Worker. The first journey is October 2016, the second in April 2017.
The project aims are to enhance the young carers’ personal development, their involvement in heritage and to better interpret this heritage - with a view to encouraging more young people to explore history and heritage in the future. Participants will have access to video cameras and digital cameras, but project staff require specialist support during introductory workshops for each group and after each heritage journey, to enable participants to think about how they want to record their experiences and to edit and present their learning. The appointed consultant will also provide advice on the most appropriate methods to successfully compile and disseminate online materials.
Timetable: The first workshop (for Group 1) is scheduled for the last week in August 2016, with follow-up work after their heritage journey taking place in November. This will be repeated for Group 2 in Feb/March and May/June 2017.
Payment: invoices to be submitted after work has been carried out – the intervals can be mutually agreed.
The ideal candidate: You will be able to not only demonstrate technical skills, but also an aptitude for (and relevant experience in) working with young people who are experiencing challenges in their lives. The work will be Glasgow-based and you will need to be self-employed, with a Unique Tax Reference (UTR) and responsible for your own National Insurance contributions and Public Liability Insurance.
Examples of project activities:
- Tracing Drovers’ routes during the heritage journey, meeting community groups and/or seeing heritage conservation activities along the way; researching routes and undertaking mapping activities; geocaching
- Exploring the oral history of Drovers, as well as folklore, songs, written history, art works and photographs
- Challenge activities linked to the Drovers’ lifestyle e.g. crossing a body of water, walking on difficult terrain
- Exploring the concept of ‘journey’ as it relates to the Drovers, and the individual participants’ lives
- Endurance and resilience – camping, cooking and sleeping outdoors; working as a group
- Journey culminating in a visit to Stirling Castle – an opportunity to find out more about the heritage of the castle and city, HES’s wider work and a chance to take part in heritage conservation demonstrations
Project Partners: Venture Trust is the project lead and Historic Environment Scotland is the heritage partner.
Please respond to: Nicola Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org enclosing a maximum of 3 pages of A4 outlining your relevant experience, a link to any online portfolio or website and details of two referees whom we may contact prior to an informal interview.
As this project involves working with young people, you will need to have a valid Disclosure check in place, a copy of which will need to be provided at interview.
Closing Date: 5pm Wednesday 27th July 2016.
Interview date: 2, 3, or 4 August in Edinburgh.
Why work for us?
At Venture Trust we value our employees. As our greatest asset, it is important to ensure we support staff in achieving job satisfaction as well as an effective work-life balance. Read on to discover the range of benefits we offer our employees...
At Venture Trust we offer a generous holiday allowance of 28 days, plus 9 bank and public holiday days per year. Staff with three years’ service or more also benefit from accruing additional long-service annual leave.
We offer all employees the opportunity to join our workplace pension scheme – 3% contribution made by both the individual and Venture Trust.
Flexible working and time off
We recognise the growing need for people today to be able to work flexibly. That’s why we’ve developed a number of flexible working opportunities for our staff.
We provide support for time off when you need it most. We provide more generous maternity provisions than required by law, but we’ve not forgotten about dad’s either – we provide the statutory two weeks’ paid paternity leave with the option to take further paid leave where mum returns to work before her maternity pay period ends. We also offer eighteen weeks’ parental leave, and flexible dependent care leave, and are keen to support time off for career or personal development breaks where possible.
Learning and development
Venture Trust recognises that it is essential to support and encourage staff to develop their skills so we can consistently provide a high quality service to the people we work with, and increase individual job satisfaction. That’s why our annual appraisal process provides a formal setting to focus on development needs and why we offer up to 10 days a year for staff training and development.
We’re committed to continuing professional development and if you want to work towards professional qualifications, or where membership of a professional body is an integral part of your role, we’ll support you here too.
From your first day with Venture Trust, where you will be provided with a structured induction plan, your learning and development will be a priority.
Venture Trust works hard to provide competitive salaries to all staff, ensuring that they reflect skills, experiences and comparable market rates.
We offer all staff two free nights’ accommodation in a twin room with breakfast and packed lunch for two each year (subject to availability) at our Youth Hostel Hartfield House in Applecross.