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


General Call Out: Freelance Artist

This is a general call out for freelance artists to work with our Satellites groups.

We are inviting expressions of interest from socially engaged artists who are interested in future collaboration. We will be offering a number of freelance contracts and commissions for associate artists over the coming year including: theatre, dance, music, circus, visual arts, digital tech and writing and Satellites sessions.

Read on for more info…



Headway Arts New Worlds is an ambitious project which puts the cultural contribution of learning disabled people centre stage supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.

New Worlds offers a broad spectrum of high quality arts opportunities to learning disabled people across the region. There are three main elements:

1. Satellites: engaging weekly creative and performing arts workshops at Headway ArtSpace, Blyth, aiming to inspire new creative journeys.
2. The Seven Stars our flagship performing arts company of actors who are learning disabled including professional training, development and performance opportunities touring locally, nationally and internationally.
3. Supernova:

Collaboration – produced a new play ‘Always the Bridesmaid’ by Mike Kenny with roles specially written for a learning disabled actors.

Conjunction – an immersive installation combining art-forms, with digital imagery and soundscape to explore and challenge perceptions of learning disabled artists’ contribution to ‘mainstream’ culture and platforming Headway Arts’ co-creative methodology.

We believe New Worlds aligned with our Come Together project (supported by The Big Lottery Fund) offers the region a most comprehensive high quality artistic programme which will champion & support fuller participation of learning disabled people in the cultural life of their communities.

ARTIST CALL OUT – Expression of Interest

What we have termed our ‘co-creative methodology’ is at the heart of Headway Arts and we have the pleasure to invite expressions of interest from socially engaged artists who are interested in future collaboration. We will be offering a number of freelance contracts and commissions for associate artists over the coming year including: theatre, dance, music, circus, visual arts, digital tech and writing and Satellites sessions.

This year we are delighted to now celebrate our 21st birthday – throughout this era we have been pioneers in participatory arts practice and worked co-creatively with over 65,000 people. We are proud to have offered many of the northern region’s most accomplished socially engaged artists fantastic opportunities to learn, grow and develop their practice within our local, national and international projects. During this time we have developed and defined our multi award winning ‘co-creative methodology’ in which we have trained arts practitioners across Europe. Currently undergoing a step change, we are transforming The Old Church in Blyth into Headway ArtSpace an inspirational centre for participatory arts.

We are looking for adventurous, forward thinking, dynamic, hardworking, enthusiastic and exciting practitioners who would be eager to contribute to this next inspiring phase of our voyage working as part of our inclusive organisation.

Expression of interest:

Send a CV with 300 words about your practice, proposal and why you’d like to be part of the Headway Arts creative team. Provide links to 3 past projects and 2 references by 31st May 2016. Those shortlisted will then be invited to a panel interview and to run a workshop as part of the commissioning process. Dates tbc.

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


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