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Current Opportunities:

Freelance Session Lead:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Session Lead to work with children and young people in a school setting.

The successful candidate will work with The Josh Hanson Charitable Trust, one day a week for 36 weeks in schools, during term time, commencing November 2022 to deliver our Fine Lines Art Project.

The Josh Hanson Charitable Trust was established after the death of Josh Hanson aged 21 years in an unprovoked fatal knife attack in October 2015.

The Josh Hanson Trust’s Fine Lines Art Project is designed with young people in mind who are seeking or will benefit from an art intervention.

The project eases the young person into the medium of Fineliner Art, illustration and watercolour painting while encouraging them to reflect on self-esteem, confidence and decision-making.

The project addresses emotional health and well-being support, anxiety, fears, managing thoughts and feelings, and building on communication skills to help empower the young person to make positive life decisions.

We have secured funding from the Central and North-West London NHS Foundation Trust to deliver this project.

We want to hear from people who are

  • Compassionate and committed to excellence and best practice
  • Flexible in their approach
  • Willing to work alongside our team to make this happen

We are looking for a skilled Session Lead who can work adaptively and thoughtfully with children and young people who may find communication and engagement difficult, have special educational needs and who are likely to be referred to CAMHS and experiencing mental health challenges.

The successful candidate will be an engaging Session Lead who will bring an understanding of a trauma-informed approach to their work with the children and young people and to other session staff who can apply their skills through a range of informed approaches.

The Fine Lines Art project teaches the participants various techniques including drawing, sketching, and painting using Fineliner pens and watercolour paints while exploring urban art. The sessions are supported by demonstration art videos commissioned by The Josh Hanson Trust and recorded by a
leading artist.

The Josh Hanson Trust, Sudbury Golf Club, Bridgewater Road, Wembley, HA0 1AL Charity Number 1170511 Company Reg Number CE009255

The young person participating in the session will benefit from the following:

  • Session 1: A short introduction will share Josh’s story addressing the impact of violent crime and the many life-changing issues which arise because of it. Josh’s story is followed by the first art video tutorial and introduction to Fineliner art and watercolour painting.
  • Sessions 2-6: Each session will take the young person through various skill sets starting with basic illustration techniques and moving on to watercolour painting to help encourage them to create final art pieces. Each session will cover mental health and well-being, communication and intrapersonal skills, self-esteem and confidence, safety, and trauma recovery in response to the young person’s needs.

Session Lead Job Description
The Session Lead will:

  1. Provide a safe and effective art session delivered either one to one or in small groups of 2/3 alongside an Art Therapist.
  2. Deliver practical support for children and young people who have experienced trauma
  3. Create an environment for young people to develop resilience and positive mental wellbeing
  4. Ensure the delivery of best practice
  5. Produce a weekly report on each child or young person for Safeguarding Lead
  6. Complete the weekly monitoring and evaluation forms for each young person

Essential specifications

  1. Have experience working with children and young people in schools
  2. Have experience working within the field of Mental Health and Wellbeing
  3. Have experience working in partnership with schools and professional health and social care agencies
  4. Have a clean enhanced DBS and access to their own car
  5. Be able to travel to schools in the London Borough of Harrow
  6. Be flexible, and reliable with good organisational skills

An understanding or lived experience of CAMHS is desirable but not essential. This project will run for one day a week during term time.

Dates, and times are to be confirmed depending on the school timetable.

Rate of Pay: Up to 9 hours per week £24 per hour on a self-employed basis

To apply, send your CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role to: Tracey Hanson,

Application Deadline: Ongoing

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