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We are currently looking to recruit a Communications Officer and an Operations Officer. Details and how to apply are below.

Both posts are part funded by Big Lottery Fund.


Post: Communications Officer
Hours of Work: 2 days (15hrs) pwk
Salary: Actual £11,000 (pro rata of £27500) & 4% Company Pension Contribution
Location: Lawnmowers Arts Centre, Pelaw, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE10 0QD
Closing Date: Monday 12:00pm 3rd December 2018
Interviews: 14-19 December 2018 (tbc)

The Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company is a registered charity (no. 1084229) based in Gateshead and a National Portfolio Organisation that specialises in the provision of arts based services for people with learning difficulties. Lawnmowers is an exciting and dynamic organisation that uses the arts to promote a just and equal society. Lawnmowers, through its core member artists, all of whom have learning difficulties, research, explore and develop new ways of creating and using drama, theatre, music and dance within their own culture and beyond. The Company supports an environment where people with learning difficulties engage with the arts to help develop their ideas and determine their own futures.

We want to recruit an experienced Communications Officer to work alongside the Lawnmowers team and senior management to develop and promote Lawnmowers Company.  This post is currently funded until March 31st 2020.

The successful candidate will work to build the brand image and reach of Lawnmowers’ activities.  They will contribute to the upholding, promoting and development of our reputation for excellence, innovation and accessibility, and our commitment to presenting work of the highest quality.

The role will involve:

  1. Working with Senior Management to lead, develop and implement and maintain a new website in line with The Lawnmowers communication and fundraising strategies.

  2. Developing and maintaining key media and stakeholder relationships.

  3. Contributing to the marketing and audience development strategies, including plans for individual activities, performances and events.

  4. Contributing to a positive organisational culture, supporting staff and volunteers and ensuring that the organisation performs at its best at all times.

Please download an application pack from the links below

To apply for this post please email a CV and covering letter to:

hello@lawnmowerstheatre.com

 


Post: Operations Officer 
Hours of Work: 2 days (15hrs) pwk
Salary:  Actual £9,600 p.a (pro rata of £24,000) + 4% pension
Location:  Lawnmowers Arts Centre, Pelaw, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE10 0QD
Closing Date: Monday 12:00pm 3rd December 2018
Interviews: 14 -19 December 2018 (tbc)

The Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company is a registered charity (no. 1084229) based in Gateshead and a National Portfolio Organisation that specialises in the provision of arts based services for people with learning difficulties. Lawnmowers, through its core member artists, all of whom have learning difficulties, research, explore and develop new ways of creating and using drama, theatre, music and dance within their own culture and beyond. The Company supports an environment where people with learning difficulties engage with the arts to help develop their ideas and determine their own futures.

We want to recruit an experienced Operations Officer to assist the CEO and Company members in the smooth running of all operational activities. 

The role is responsible for administration and coordination of company operations, including

  • Supporting CEO in all aspects of Governance administration

  • Support with fundraising, bids and reports

  • Oversight of policies and procedures

  • Ensure GDPR compliance

  • Maintenance of office and database systems

  • General office support.

The successful candidate will contribute to upholding our reputation for excellence, innovation and accessibility by providing exemplary and appropriate operational support to all members of the Company.

Please download an application pack from the links below

To apply for this post please email a CV and covering letter to:

hello@lawnmowerstheatre.com


The Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company

Operating in Gateshead and the surrounding regions, The Lawnmowers is a unique company and registered charity run by and for people with learning difficulties. We work to offer activities to the local community on our premises and as outreach in the community. The activities are delivered by artist with learning difficulties to help influence policy and debate, highlight disability awareness issues, effect social change and galvanise the community. We currently work weekly with 100 people with learning and physical disabilities across the age spectrum (11-65 years) on our premises, offering activities that are assessed as artistically outstanding as well as participation and learning programmes. Our audiences across the spectrum of our programmes average 9500 people per annum.

The company understands how, in creative and well planned environments, lives can be enriched and transformed. Lawnmowers has developed unique styles and approaches to researching, devising and performing shows and running workshops about issues that are important to the lives of people with learning difficulties. The Lawnmowers is a dynamic company that uses the arts with a strong emphasis on leadership and peer mentoring. What this means in practice is that local learning disabled artists and participants have access to increased voluntary and community opportunities that support personal and artist development.

The Company has developed national and international links since 1986. We are a very experienced host and partner and have worked with European partners as well as having won ESF funding during 2003-2006 to develop and run an apprenticeship scheme for young people with learning difficulties. We have organised many international exchanges, more recently, we were one of only 5 organisations in the United Kingdom to win an international award for the Cultural Olympiad which involved organising two way exchanges between the United Kingdom and South America to create and perform a joint theatre, music and dance extravaganza. Internationally, the Lawnmowers has hosted groups from Brazil, Japan and Eastern Europe and have taken work to Poland, Brazil, Canada, Barcelona, Ireland, France and Chile.

The Lawnmowers has developed a participatory inclusive arts practice seen as outstanding by the arts and education sectors which members use to help influence attitudes and effect social change through working with audiences, performance venues, NHS Trusts, University students, lecturers & departments, teaching colleges, schools and adult learning providers. The Lawnmowers offers a cultural platform to learning disabled artists and communities and the right for people with learning difficulties to be taken seriously as equal citizens.

Since incorporation, the Company has received many major awards, including:

  • School for Fools: a national theatre award to train young learning disabled people in the 
art of comedy, Mask and Clown; 


  • Breaking Down the Barriers: a major grant to explore employment barriers for people 
with learning disabilities, enterprise formation, the benefits traps, personalisation, legislation and policy, evaluation and the creation of a replicable model of enterprise for new groups; 


  • The R.E.A.L. Project (Real Employment for All): a major grant from One North East (now abolished) to use participatory research methods, focussing on the employability of people with learning disabilities, the engagement of local employers and which culminated in a national conference at The Sage Gateshead; 


  • The Liberdade Apprenticeship Scheme 2003-2008: a major European grant and regional strategic partnership grant to create and run an apprenticeship scheme specifically for young adults with learning disabilities; 


  • National Portfolio Organisation: The Company is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). NPO’s are described by Arts Council England as setting an example, delivering work of high artistic quality and taking a civic leadership role in the community; 


  • The Revolution Programme: 3 major grants to run the Lawnmowers Revolution Programme (phase 1 2009-2020) which aims to increase engagement, volunteer and community based opportunities for people with learning difficulties and help identify how communities and cultural leaders / organisations can help people with learning difficulties to access culture and cultural opportunities in the region; 


  • Unlimited (Cultural Olympiad): One of only five organisations in Great Britain to win an international collaboration award from the London Olympic Committee under its Unlimited Programme; 


  • Points of Contact and Cultural Warriors: The Company is the only learning disabled-led project to be selected to work with the international Points of Contact and the youth Cultural Warriors programmes.