Communications and Engagement Worker

Communications and Engagement Internship

Job description

This new post offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a highly effective, self-motivated practitioner to work as part of a committed and enthusiastic team to develop new ways to help the community participate more fully in the arts, specifically encouraging people of all ages and abilities to become users of Headway Arts.

Working from Headway ArtSpace the Communications & Engagement Worker will be responsible for promoting the work and activities of Headway Arts, visiting both established groups and places where communities gather to develop relationships which will help break down the identified and perceived barriers. The role will also include marketing and publicity of activities on offer as well as meetings and presentations to key stakeholders. The focus will be on building relationships that will overcome the barriers to participation.

This is a 26 week paid internship at Headway Arts facilitated by Northumbria University Enterprise and Business Support (NEBS) and supported by the European Regional Development Fund. Starting in July 2017 it is open to recent graduates of any UK university.

Specific duties and key responsibilities:

  • To work closely with the Senior Management Team to develop and implement a programme which will engage those members of the community who do not currently access the arts.
  • To work closely with the senior Management team to develop an effective marketing strategy which will promote the activities of Headway Arts.
  • To work flexibly (and experimentally) developing relationships with potential participants and organisations; visiting established groups and places where people gather and developing relationships that will overcome the barriers to participation.
  • Promote workshops and events through a variety of means, including online.
  • Build links with local organisations to promote a wider range of opportunities to the local community.
  • Report regularly to the Senior Management Team.
  • Keep Creative Director/CEO aware of initiatives which could enrich the wider work of Headway Arts.
  • To continually record, document and evaluate the work being done throughout, using the evaluation to develop ideas within the project.
  • Provide a contact point for all project enquiries and ensure prompt responses are made.
  • Work alongside the Creative Director and administration team to generate publicity and marketing both to engage potential participants and raise awareness of the project.
  • Maintain effective social media promotions
  • Utilise opportunities to extend the work of Headway Arts.
  • Attend regular staff team meetings.
  • Represent Headway Arts at relevant networks events and other events linked to the role.
  • Identify and develop any additional necessary resources.

Other duties:

  • Contribute proactively to the wider work of Headway Arts as a supportive team member.
  • Adopt Headway Arts’ CoCreative methodology.
  • Observe Health and Safety regulations at all times and ensure adequate supervision is maintained for the Health and Safety of all participants.
  • Observe Headway Arts’ Equality & Diversity Policy and Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults policy.
  • Undertake training as necessary and deemed relevant to the project.
  • Undertake regular Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks as required by the project.

Please note: Recruitment will be subject to successful DBS Enhanced clearance.


Person requirements


  • A degree, with Marketing element preferred.
  • An interest in contemporary arts practice.
  • Up to date knowledge of current social media and networking platforms.
  • Excellent communication skills including ability to communicate with people of diverse backgrounds
  • and communities.
  • A willingness to take on and work with the ideas of others.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a busy team.
  • Demonstrable ability to motivate others.
  • Demonstrable ability to work on own initiative and to organise and prioritise workload.
  • Energy and enthusiasm for people.
  • Ability to recognise the different ways to work with different groups.
  • A flexible approach to working with individuals all with differing needs.
  • A positive attitude and an ability to find creative and flexible solutions.
  • Confidence to communicate with a wide variety of people
  • Willingness to undertake training, for example disability awareness and equality training and Headway Arts methodologies.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends if required.
  • Ability to work confidently with computers.


  • A commitment to one’s own professional development.
  • An understanding of the importance of evaluation.
  • A keen eye for detail and commitment to excellence.
  • A full clean driving licence.


Accepted degree subjects




£17,000 pro rata


Contract and working hours

Fixed term · Full-time


How to apply

Please apply with a CV and covering letter to with Communications & Engagement Worker Application in the email subject line.

Closing date: 14/04/2017


A Blanket Full of Stories

Headway Arts proudly presents A BLANKET FULL OF STORIES with Releasing Potential

Join us on an adventure through the technicolour world of our imaginations. There is no one way of telling a story. We leave an impact upon everyone we meet in our lives, and so we become part of every story we are told…
This interactive storytelling experience is the culmination of a Releasing Potential training course, our unique award winning arts based training programme funded through the European Social Fund. It showcases the talents of the group who have been developing employability skills through the arts working alongside Headway Arts’ professional company.

We invite you to become part of the story on Wednesday 1st March from 3pm at Headway ArtSpace.

Satellites performing Comet Tales

CALL OUT – Associate Artists DRAMA

Background: Headway Arts is an inspirational cultural organisation. We run great participatory arts projects with diverse communities in and from our Headway ArtSpace in Blyth, Northumberland. We create wonderful opportunities for people of all backgrounds to participate in the cultural life of their communities, including the most disadvantaged groups. We especially aim to include learning disabled people of all ages. We are a multi award winning forward thinking combined arts organisation. We are also an Open College and can offer accredited lifelong learning courses.


2016 has seen us celebrating an amazing 21 years of cutting edge creativity. Throughout this era we have been pioneers in leading high quality participatory arts practice and have worked co-creatively with over 200,000 people. During this time we have developed and defined our own unique multi award winning ‘co-creative methodology’ with which we have trained and inspired arts practitioners across Europe. We also offer support to emerging artists through mentoring, salaried Internships and Creative Apprenticeships. Headway Arts have offered many of the northern region’s most accomplished socially engaged artists fantastic opportunities to train, learn, grow and develop their practice through our diverse local, national and international projects. Now our many alumni work in top organisations across the North East and beyond.


We are transforming The Old Church in Blyth into Headway ArtSpace, an inspirational international centre for participatory arts offering a variety of atmospheric flexible spaces for creative gatherings of all kinds. Described as ‘really something else!’ our brand new BigSpace was well and truly inaugurated during The Tall Ships Regatta. It offers an outstanding flexible space for music, dance, performance, exhibition and conference. As Creative Producers for this international event we provided a vibrant cultural hub, a sell-out Fringe Festival and the showstopping Community Carnival Parade. We did this through real collaborative partnership working. Watch Headway Arts at the Carnival.



Against this colourful background:

We are now recruiting for 2 great jobs in this amazing environment. We’re looking for adventurous, forward thinking, experimental, enthusiastic and committed theatre practitioners who would be eager to join our team of Associate Artists.

We are currently offering 2 x 12 week contracts leading our Satellites Drama Sessions – specifically for learning disabled people who are interested in exploring drama and learning theatre skills.

Fees: £120/day  (£30/hour) from Wednesday 1st February (contract 1) and from Thursday 2nd February (contract 2) . Any meetings required outside of session time to be paid additionally.


We are looking to: 

Support participants in devising 2 high quality 15-20 mins ensemble scratch shows – devised with the whole Satellites drama group. The process would include everyone’s ideas and reflect their interests, through engaging and enjoyable workshop sessions. The work created must be suitable to be shown at Headway Arts Spring Festival 2017. Dates tbc.


You would be expected to:

– Plan, develop and deliver wonderful weekly drama workshops

– Report to our Creative Director and agree workshop programme and progress

– Any Project admin (also supported by our Admin)

– Attend company meetings

– Contribute to data collection and other monitoring and evaluation as required by Admin

– Contribute to marketing the sessions

– Promote and disseminate work on social media

– Liaise with our Social Care Intern who looks after the pastoral needs of the group.


Expression of interest:

Send a proposal, a CV with 300 words about your practice, and why you’d like to be part of the Headway Arts creative team. Provide links to 3 past projects and 2 references.

Those shortlisted will then be invited to a panel interview and to run a workshop with Satellites as part of the process. The group will be involved in the selection of candidates.

Closing date: 14th January 2017
Interviews: 23rd January 2017

To: Alison Walton-Robson, Creative Director, Headway Arts, The Old Church, Waterloo Road, Blyth, NE24 1BY. Email:


Headway Arts Stars Trek Sponsored Lantern Walk

Headway Arts Stars Trek Sponsored Lantern Walk

Join us on our annual sponsored walk on Thursday 17th November at 4pm. The route will be different this year! We will set off from Headway ArtSpace and walk to Blyth beach via Ridley Park, and we’ll be doing this year’s walk as a lantern-lit procession. See some photos below from our previous lantern walks to get an idea of what it will look like.

Can’t make it? Please consider sponsoring us.


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How to get involved

Join us on the walk.

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Tell people about the event.

Share our posts on Facebook & Twitter.

Stick one of our posters & sponsor forms up at work.