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Volunteer Art Workshop Assistant

Volunteer Art Workshop Assistant
Artizan International
Description of the role:

We run therapeutic Craft Workshops for differently able adults on Tuesdays 1-3, Thursdays 10-12 and Thursdays 1-3 at our Café and Creative Space in the center of Harrogate.

We are looking for capable and caring volunteers to support our differently able members and the workshop leader. This will involve
setting up and clearing away for the session so you will need to arrive 15 minutes before the start time
Working alongside and supporting members with the craft activity
Tile cutting and nipping of tiles to support the Thursday afternoon mosaic session
As well as having lots of fun the team work on individual and community project
Assisting with drinks and refreshments.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

Caring and patient manner
Ability to empathise and support differently able members
In an interest in art and design is useful but not essential
Enthusiastic and an interest in people

Practical information:

You will be working in close proximity to our members.
You need to be able to work unsupported yourself but be able to support our members in the first instance
The building is wheelchairs friendly


Additional Information
DBS check needed: Yes
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Over 18s
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Artizan International Café and Creative Space
Unity 4, Nidderdale House
Cambridge Road
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 23.06.2022
Organisation Information

​Artizan International (originally named Craft Aid International) was founded in 2013 by Susie Hart MBE, on returning to Harrogate after 10 years of life and work in Tanzania, East Africa, where she set up a social enterprise called Neema Crafts. This centre provides training and employment for people with disabilities who would otherwise be street begging to earn a living. Having started with three deaf trainees when she began, on a start-up budget of just £400, by the time she left the centre was employing over 120 people with a huge range of disabilities, all of whom are now able to support themselves and their families with dignity and pride.

Susie set up Artizan International on returning home, to pass on this model to other developing countries where people with disabilities are still living in poverty. She also found that differently-able people in the UK are often very socially isolated.

So, as an organisation we got started by running free weekly therapeutic crafts sessions for adults with disabilities in the community in Harrogate and Leeds. We also worked with long-term hospital inpatients at Harrogate and Ripon hospitals, and ran after school clubs for children with special needs too.

We create beautiful, joy-giving, artisan-made cards, gifts, jewellery and home accessories .
Visit our Oxford Street shop for fair-trade, high quality products, made ethically and mindfully in Ecuador and Peru.