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We’re looking to recruit an experienced, enthusiastic Learning & Participation Coordinator to join our IMPs (Inclusive Music Projects) programme. IMPs is an inclusive programme where disabled and non-disabled children and young people work, learn and play together as equals. Thanks to generous funding from Youth Music and the Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust, we’ve got exciting plans in place for developing IMPs over the next 3 years. The Learning & Participation Coordinator will coordinate the programme and oversee its learning, development and participation opportunities for children and young people. We’re looking for an exceptional, enthusiastic youth development worker who’s passionate about helping children and young people achieve their full potential.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with mixed ability groups of young people in a developmental/support role and the ability to motivate young people to adopt a positive approach to learning.

This post is offered part-time, 2 days a week, on a salary of £20,000 pro-rata and is subject to an extended DBS check. The post is funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music until August 2019.

To download a Word version of our application pack please click here, to download a PDF version of our application pack please click here.

The application deadline is Friday 16th September, and interviews will be held on Friday 30th September in York

Clothes Swapping

How do you fancy trading in some of your old clothes and walking out with a whole new outfit for just a few pounds?

On Sunday September 4th we're joining forces with Brunswick Social Club to hold a clothes swap event. All you need to do is bring at least 3 items to swap on the day. Then you get to browse everyone else's swaps and pay just £1 per item for anything you like.

There'll also be secret bidding on any designer items which find their way to the swap.

You can bring women's, men's and children's clothes. They should be good quality and clean, with no marks on them. It would also be a big help if clothes could be bought down on hangers, with the size marked on the hanger.

The event takes place at Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York, YO23 1BW between 2pm and 4pm. Clements Hall is a fully accessible venue.

Entry costs £3 and includes a free cup of coffee or tea and a piece of cake.

Cake and clothes hunting on a Sunday afternoon, what's not to love?

For more information, or if you have any questions please contact Brunswick Social Club: 01904 701869 (extension 3), or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to seeing you all, and all your new outfits!

All money raised on the day will go towards supporting Brunswick Social Club and Accessible Arts & Media's work with adults with learning difficulties and disabilities.

 

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

IMPs

We're very excited to announce some changes to our IMPs (Inclusive Music Projects) programme for children and young people.  Thanks to generous funding from Youth Music and the Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust, the following IMPs actviites will be running from this September onwards in York:

  • a new weekly Junior IMPs singing and signing group for 5-10 year olds;
  • Senior IMPs inclusive weekly music group for young people aged 11+;
  • holiday activities in the half term, Easter and Summer holidays;
  • the IMPs Apprentice Programme, where members of Senior IMPs get the chance to train to become workshop leaders.

The new funding means that we can keep developing the IMPs programme over the next 3 years.  The new activities will give more children and young people from York and the surrounding the chance to take part in fun, inclusive music making activities. They also offer opportunities for young people to progress as they get older and develop their skills and confidence: from Junior IMPs to Senior IMPs and then to become IMPs Apprentices, where they'll get the chance to co-lead the Junior IMPs group, as well as delivering music workshops in schools and community groups.

The first Senior and Junior IMPs sessions will be on Monday 19th September. For more information on the IMPs programme, please click here.

You can download a copy of our Junior IMPs flier here and a copy of our Senior IMPs Flier here, please feel free to share these with anyone you think might be interested in our programme.

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

York Culture Awards logo

We're very excited to announce that our IMPs programme has been shortlisted for the Cultural Equality & Diversity Award at the York Culture Awards.

The Awards have been set up by Make it York to celebrate excellence in the arts and culture sector and to reward outstanding innovation, creativity and quality. So we're really proud that IMPs has been shortlisted as a finalist.

All of the projects and people who've been shortlisted are doing brilliant (and really important) work. They're all working to break down barriers so that as many people as possible get to benefit from taking part in cultural activities. We're really proud to be in such amazing company and want to wish all of the finalists good luck. It's great to be part of celebrating York's vibrant cultural sector and the amazing people who make things happen!

And, if that wasn't exciting enough, our IMPs have been invited to perform at the Awards Ceremony too! The Ceremony will take place on 1st December at the Central Methodist Church in the city centre. Tickets are on sale now and you can buy yours here.

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.

Chryso

This month we got the chance to chat to Chryso, one of our fabulous volunteers. Chryso, who's from Cyprus, joined our Hands & Voices and IMPs projects while she was studying here in York. She told us a bit about herself and about her experience of volunteering with AAM.

•    How long have you been a volunteer with AAM?

I've been a volunteer at AAM for 6 months.

    How did you hear about AAM and what made you want to be a volunteer?

My supervisor, Chris Bartram from St John University of York, suggested coming along to AAM during my traineeship as he thought the experience would be a very powerful one for me. I gave it a try, I liked it and I ended up spending a lot of time there!

•    What do you do as a volunteer?

I volunteered with Hands and Voices and also with IMPs and took part in a number of their workshops and performances. For the first couple of months I joined the groups as a member to learn how to do all the singing and signing, to socialise with everyone, and to observe the way that other people reacted when taking part in these activities. The following months I became more active in the group, doing the warm ups, helping to organize events and be part of all the workshop and performance processes.

•    What do you enjoy most about volunteering with AAM? And what would you say to anyone thinking about volunteering with us?

I really enjoyed all those smiles everywhere in AAM. People there - leaders and members - are so friendly, kind and passionate about music. The real communication that exists between the people there, and the family atmosphere was something that made a big positive impression on me. I also liked the songs as well; I found the challenge of learning to sign and to remember signing during the singing really challenging and interesting. The most important thing I noticed at AAM is the inclusive environment that exists for everyone. Through AAM I saw one small society where every single person has the same rights for life and that made me feel hopeful because there are people out there supporting such important work. I can absolutely recommend to everyone to consider volunteering with AAM, it is a very human and unique experience.


•    Tell us one random fact about yourself!

I had the opportunity to live in York for almost eight months!

We're always looking for volunteers at AAM to help us deliver our life-changing projects. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, or would just like to find out more, please click here for details.

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.