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Various Voluntary Positions x 3

Online (on Zoom) or in community settings throughout the County

About Artlift

Artlift is a charitable incorporated Organisation specialist in Arts on Prescription, with over a decade’s track record of improving health outcomes of patients.

Artlift offers a range of art courses and projects for health benefits, currently for people living with mental health and/or chronic pain challenges, and for adults living with or beyond cancer. Health, voluntary sector and social prescribing professionals can refer people to Artlift and, on some programmes, people can also self-refer.

Key partners include NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Macmillan Cancer Support and the University of Gloucestershire, who work with us to analyse the impact of our services.

Artlift is a member of Gloucestershire Creative Health Consortium, a national Arts & Mental Health micro network, and the Association of Mental Health Providers.

Current Programmes

Artlift is currently delivering Create Well(mental health), Living Well with Chronic Pain and Flourish (cancer) programmes.

We’re also piloting Workplace Wellbeing packages for the corporate, health and statutory sectors and offer Artist Residencies and consultancy to support development of Creative Health initiatives in other geographic areas / networks.

Our courses draw on a variety of artforms and genres (e.g. drawing, painting, photography, carnival arts, creative writing). They run over 10-week terms and support with ‘Move On’ is built into the offer (to help participants maintain arts practice; thereby wellbeing). From September 2021 (subject to Govt guidelines) the plan is to offer a combination of online and community-based face-to-face courses and projects.

About our Volunteer Scheme

This new scheme is designed to provide mutual benefits:

* For Artlift: to support us as a small charity to deliver our mission, including through diversifying our workforce, bringing in people with lived experience and backgrounds currently underrepresented on our team.
* For the Volunteer: to support personal and/or career progression through broadening networks and offering skills development and experience and to gain access to internal or external opportunities.

The Roles

* Volunteer Assistant Facilitator: bring and/or develop your facilitation and support skills working alongside our experienced Creative Health practitioners delivering community-based and/or online courses

* Volunteer Enabler: help bring down disabling barriers; support participants to access our courses and to find and benefit from Move On opportunities
* Volunteer Assistant to Executive Director: bring and/or develop your research, marketing, fundraising, evaluation and/or charity administration skills.

There may be some flexibility to build roles around your interests, ambitions and/or availability.

What we Provide

Volunteer management and support will be provided by Artlift’s Programme Coordinator, an experienced volunteer scheme manager with larger charities.

Volunteers will have:
* Induction, briefing and, where needed to ensure confident delivery of the role(s), training or on-the-job coaching with experienced staff
* Guidance with a development plan if wanted
* Access to relevant meetings and events provided by Artlift or external partners that support the volunteer’s role and/or goals
* Travel and other pre-agreed out of pocket expenses reimbursed, including mileage within Glos borders at 40p per mile


Most Artlift staff and volunteer meetings will take place online, on Zoom. If we agree to face-to-face meetings and/or events, these are likely to take place in or near to Gloucester.

Courses will either take place online (on Zoom) or in community settings throughout the county: in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cirencester, and Cinderford/Coleford.

Criteria for Selection

We are seeking Volunteers, age 18+, with the following skills and attributes:


  • Appreciation of the arts and of how they can benefit people’s mental / physical wellbeing
  • Empathy with people living with health conditions
  • Confident communicator able to show discretion and sensitivity
  • Good understanding of spoken and written English
  • Punctual and organised
  • Able to work within agreed boundaries
  • Discretion and understanding of confidentiality
  • Commitment to compliance with Artlift’s policies, procedures, guidelines and values
  • (if applying for Assistant Facilitator role) experience of practicing one or more artforms at amateur or professional level


  • Lived experience / personal understanding of the conditions with which our participants live
  • Disability, cultural diversity and/or mental health awareness (training / lived or work experience)
  • Health & Safety training and/or understanding
  • (If applying for Assistant Facilitator role) experience of assisting arts sessions
  • (if applying for Exec Director support role) experience of research, fundraising, administration and/or marketing

Equality & Diversity:

We actively encourage people from a variety of backgrounds with different experiences, skills and stories to join us and influence and develop our working practice. By taking positive action around diversity (as permitted in the Equality Act 2010), we will guarantee interviews to eligible volunteers who meet the minimum criteria (as laid out above) and self-identify with any of the following groups that we have identified as underrepresented in ours and the wider Creative Health sector workforce:

  • Volunteers from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic backgrounds
  • Disabled volunteers
  • LGBT+ volunteers
  • Young people 18 – 30 years old
  • Volunteers with lived experience of the challenges faced by our participants: mental health issues, chronic pain and/or cancer

Note for candidates who identify as disabled:

Reasonable adjustments will be made to the role and its requirements or our Volunteer recruitment process for candidates with a disability. If you consider yourself to have a disability you should indicate this in your application, providing any information you would like us to take into account with regard to your disability in order to offer a fair selection interview.

We are happy to accept your application in different formats (e.g. film) and/or to make reasonable adjustments to the interview format to ensure you have access to our selection process.

How to apply

If you have any queries or if you would like an Application form, please contact the Volunteer Manager Amabel Mortimer by clicking on Apply Now or call on the number to the right of this advert.

Appointment of Volunteers will be subject to receipt of 2 satisfactory references.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Fri 2nd July 2021 Interview dates between 5th & 23rd July 2021 at a time to be mutually agreed

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