We’re looking to hire a Youth Catalyst

Job title: Youth Catalyst
Creative People and Places: Swale and Medway

1. Introduction

Creative People and Places is an action research programme which supports new and radically different approaches to engagement with the arts. In August 2012 a consortium of individuals from grass roots organisations in Swale and Medway (the Discovery Group) was provisionally awarded funding of £1.47m from Arts Council England for an application to this programme. This fund aims to support people to experience and be inspired by the arts, irrespective of where they live and their social, educational or financial circumstances. This is a targeted fund, aimed at parts of the country where people’s involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average.

The long term vision for Creative People and Places: Swale and Medway is to find new routes into creativity and the arts, embedded with and led by local people, building capacity in the arts community and creating demand for excellent arts activity. We will work with professional and amateur groups and individuals inside and outside the arts.

2. Overview

2.1 Vision

“Engaging and re-imagining the arts as valued and integral parts of people’s everyday.”

Our vision is that within ten years Swale and Medway will be known as creative places, where there is demand for excellent local arts activity.

The spirit of creative experimentation within Swale and Medway will have resulted in more people from across the area seeing and experiencing arts and culture, as well as taking part and growing new creative activities. This will be underpinned by a strong, inclusive arts network and supportive local decision-makers. Our programme will have inspired others across the UK.

Creative People and Places: Swale and Medway is a laboratory. It is a place to try new things: to experiment with new ways of getting people involved; to make things happen. Creative People and Places: Swale and Medway is an incubator. It is a space where people are supported, helping them to turn extraordinary ideas into reality.

A key principle of this vision is to create a ‘ladder of engagement’ whereby people in Swale and Medway will be supported to ‘follow up’ one good experience with another, ensuring that opportunities always lead to the ‘next rung’ on the ladder.

2.2 Mission

Working in partnership with local people we will drive research and act as a conduit through which new models and approaches can be developed and tested, along with creative experiments.

3 key principles will guide the programme:

  • It will be inclusive, removing barriers to participation. It will not be limited by size of organisation or idea, or whether a group is professional or amateur, or the type of art they make. It will actively engage with non-arts organisations from the voluntary sector, public sector and business.
  • It will adapt. The programme is designed to be flexible to different, shifting contexts and take on feedback and ideas from participants. Conversation and listening is key to this.
  • High Quality. We aspire to the highest possible quality of process and art outcomes in what we do.

We are working in partnership with Royal Opera House Bridge to deliver specific outcomes for children and young people within this work. ROH Bridge is one of ten national ‘Bridges’ that work across England to connect children and young people with great art and culture. Funded by Arts Council England, the Bridge team work across Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and North Kent. Working with professionals in the Education, Arts and Culture sectors, ROH Bridge helps support and strengthen networks and opportunities, through investment and advocacy.

Job title: Youth Catalyst
Job Description, Person Specification and Application Procedure

Location: Medway and Swale
Job context: The Youth Catalyst is a part-time self-employed post and will be appointed at £10,000 fee per annum.
Contract period: Fixed-term July 2013 to July 2015.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 28th June 2013.
Interviews will be held on Thursday 11th July 2013 in Faversham.

The Youth Catalyst will be commissioned to directly engage with young people to ensure they have a strong voice in the overall programme.

They will devise and deliver a programme of activities in line with the ethos of Creative People and Places: Swale and Medway to meet the following outcomes:

  • Arrange minimum two inspirational go-sees and speakers (local, national or international) to meet local young people and the CPP governance team with the aim to share learning, build confidence and raise CYP aspiration.
  • Recruit minimum 20 children and young people to the programme through working closely with key stakeholders: schools, youth services etc.
  • Support minimum 10 cultural organisations, schools, youth settings and individuals to access Creative People and Places: Swale and Medway Small Experiment and Community Catalyst schemes.
  • Support core cohort of young people to shape and develop the role for children and young people in Year 2 of CPP.
  • Minimum 8 young people are identified and supported to become community catalysts (minimum one YP in each of the 8 areas within Swale and Medway – Faversham, Sheppey, Sittingbourne, Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham).
  • Minimum 10 young people develop small experiments and curate CPP activity within the two-year period.
  • Minimum 8 new approaches for engaging with young people are developed by 8 locally based organizations.
  • Support Swale and Medway’s Arts Award Advisors in identifying new opportunities and establishing new connections to engage with YP living in the most deprived areas of Medway and Swale. 30% increase in young people achieving Arts Award (minimum 15 young people).
  • Minimum 10 new projects connecting CYP, arts and non-arts providers, 3 of which are sustainable beyond project period.
  • Online Network established for communication between YP, arts and non-arts providers.

Person Specification
Qualifications: educated to degree level or equivalent experience.


  • Proven experience of working with young people on large-scale strategic project programmes.
  • Significant experience of working with multiple partners and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of and a passion for the creative sector.
  • Experience of project/programme evaluation.
  • Experience of budget management.
  • Other Qualities Essential
  • Excellent communication skills – ability to communicate effectively with children and young people.
  • The ability to be self-directed and a team player.
  • Fully conversant with principles and practice of Child Protection and safe-guarding.
  • Enhanced clean CRB/DBS.
  • Desirable
  • Established regional and national networks, which are relevant to the Youth Programme and wider aims of Creative People and Place.
  • Creative, entrepreneurial and willing to take calculated risks.
  • Excellent decision making skills.
  • Full clean driving license and access to a car.

Contract Details

Location: for the majority of this work you will be based in the field. However you will have access to desk space at The CPP: Swale & Medway office at Creek Creative, Faversham.

Management: you will report to the Creative Enabler and will be accountable through her to the Consortium.

Fees and Conditions: the post will be appointed at a fee level £10,000 per annum. You will be expected to discuss a daily rate in your application. Payment will be monthly in arrears on submission of an invoice. You will be responsible for your own PAYE and National Insurance. Travel and other expenses will be reimbursed (within an agreed budget) retrospectively on submission of an invoice.

Trial Period: a probation period of six months will be in place after which the contract will be extended to the full term.

Holidays: this is a freelance post so there is no paid holiday.

Working Hours: due to the nature of this post, flexibility in terms of working hours is required. This may include evening and weekend working. You will need to agree your hours in advance with the Creative Enabler with some regular contact time available. A working day is considered 8 hours.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for the role of Youth Catalyst post please send:

  1. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae.
  2. A covering letter outlining your interest in the role and your relevant experience, how you would approach the work, and your daily rate. Please pay particular attention to the person specification (max two sides of A4).
  3. Details of two referees. We will only approach referees with your permission if you are offered the work. One of the referees should be your current or most recent employer.

The application should be emailed to jobs@creativepeopleplace.info as a PDF no later than 5pm on Friday 28th June 2013. If you have any enquiries about applying for this post please contact jobs@creativepeopleplace.info