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Craft Collective Coordinator (0.5 days per week / 15 hours per month)

We are looking for a Craft Collective Coordinator to work 0.5 days a week with us from February 2020, leading and developing the Women's Craft Collective that runs weekly on Saturday afternoons.

15 hours a month (2 Saturday afternoons per month to be included).

£22-23,000 pro rota.

1-year contract pending successful review after 3 months. 

This post is managed by the b.friend project manager at Bridges for Communities. 

This exciting job opportunity would be perfect if you have creative flair, sewing prowess and the ability to teach machine sewing to a mixed ability group of lovely women.

Project Background

The Craft Collective was founded 5 years ago by Sam Sayer as a sister project to b.friend, which enables trained volunteers to befriend asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol. The Craft Collective was developed to provide a friendly and enjoyable opportunity for asylum seeking and refugee women to learn how to sew using sewing machines. Over 5 years many different creations have been made from bunting and clothing to soft toys and a patchwork quilt. The group meets on Saturday afternoons at 2pm in the Café space at St. Stephens Church near Corn Street. It is a small group with 6/ 7 women overseen by a small team of enthusiastic volunteers with expertise in machine sewing. We create a warm and encouraging atmosphere and value our times together. 

Key Responsibilities:

This person will be responsible for the following:

- overseeing delivery of the Craft Collective on Saturday afternoons, being present at least twice a month

- recruiting, training and supporting volunteers

- managing the weekly rota for volunteers

- advertising and inviting refugee and asylum seeking women to participate

- working with participants and volunteers to develop and expand upon ideas for new projects

- researching new opportunities and models for development and growth of the project

- handling petty cash and keeping record of expenses

- ensuring that equipment is kept in good condition and the venue is left tidy and secure

Essential Criteria:

- must demonstrate competence in machine sewing

- good people skills; able to create a welcoming and inclusive environment

- good communication skills; able to use simple instructions to teach and guide participants, some of whom are not fluent in English

Application Process

Download the application form below, and return it to .  Deadline for applications: Fri 31st Jan, 5pm. 

Follow up interviews to take place during the week commencing 3rd February.

Contact Sam using the email address above if you have any questions.