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Voluntary opportunity – Tackling the Blues Insight Officer

Tackling the Blues (TtB) is an arts, sport, physical activity and education-based mental health literacy (MHL) programme. It supports children and young people aged 6-16 in schools throughout West Lancashire and Merseyside, who are experiencing, or are at risk of developing, mental illness. TtB is delivered in partnership between the Faculty of Education and the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University (EHU), Everton in the Community (EitC) and Tate Liverpool. To date, TtB has engaged over 3,000 children and young people through weekly sessions in primary schools, secondary schools and community groups.

TtB offers a range of interactive and engaging activities to work with children and young people who, once engaged, participate in tailored educational and peer-led activities to tackle experiences of conditions associated with mental illness.  The art strand of the programme also introduces creative art practices and uses access to Tate’s extensive national collection of British art and contemporary and modern art to engage children and young people in discussion and activity around mental health literacy.

What does the role entail?

As a Tackling the Blues Insight Officer, your main responsibilities are:

  • Assisting in the co-production of qualitative interview guides and review of quantitative data
  • Assisting with the engagement of children and young people in insight activity at various stages of the academic year, including focus groups and write-draw-show-tell techniques
  • Taking part in regular review meetings with the researchers, CPD opportunities and update meetings as required
  • Assisting in the dissemination of research findings through infographics and short reports
  • Establishing and building rapport and trust with the young people on the programme
  • Be a positive role model for young people
  • Travelling by personal car to school sites, as directed and agreed, with the researchers

You will also have the opportunity to undertake the following responsibilities:

  • Engagement in research activities in line with existing ethical protocols.
  • Attending TtB induction and training programme, including certified mental health training. 
  • Help to develop the monitoring, evaluation and research of Tackling the Blues.
  • Develop relationships with schools and community groups/wider children’s workforce through attending meetings and liaising with staff.
  • Support the design and delivery of TtB events and activities throughout the year, including events aimed at students at Edge Hill University.

What would be expected of you?

  • Work with Tate Liverpool, Everton in the Community and Edge Hill University to help research and evidence a quality programme of sports, arts and education-based sessions to children and young people.
  • To reliably attend all scheduled sessions in schools to conduct research activity.  Sessions are negotiable but will require commitment during term time.
  • Be able to work as part of a team to collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative research data.
  • To comply with all aspects of safeguarding policy for Tate Liverpool, Everton in the Community and Edge Hill University and any partner school in which you may be working.
  • To engage in relevant training opportunities as required.
  • To work professionally at all times and to represent the University, Tate Liverpool and Everton in the Community in line with agreed expectations.
  • Students are also expected to hold a valid Enhanced DBS certificate or be willing to go through a DBS clearance process.
  • Business/volunteer insurance is essential if you are travelling to partner schools in your own vehicle.

Further details

This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity for Edge Hill University students. Out of pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Title of opportunityTackling the Blues Insight Officer
Available to students studying (Faculty and programme)This opportunity is for Edge Hill University students looking to gain experience of working with children and young people and developing skills, including creative and participatory practices, within an educational context from: Faculty of EducationDepartment of Sport and Physical ActivityFaculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine on the following programmes only: MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling – Contemporary Creative Approaches, BSc (Hons) Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing  
Employer and paymentThis is an unpaid volunteer opportunity organised through Edge Hill University.  
Collaborating organisationsTate Liverpool and Everton in the Community
Short description of opportunityTackling the Blues (TtB) is an arts, sport, physical activity and education-based mental health literacy (MHL) programme.   It supports children and young people aged 6-16 in schools throughout West Lancashire and Merseyside, who are experiencing, or are at risk of developing, mental illness.   TtB is delivered in partnership between the Faculty of Education and the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University (EHU), Everton in the Community (EitC) and Tate Liverpool.
Expected duties (including travel requirements)You will be responsible for:
– Committing to the role for the whole academic year. 
– Absence for course placements can be negotiated but please inform us of these at application stage.
– Attending a TtB induction and training programme.
– Attending certified mental health training Taking part in regular review meetings with programme Coordinators and Research Assistants, fellow mentors, CPD opportunities and update meetings as required Engage in all agreed programme research activities as requested.
– Assisting in the co-production of qualitative interview guides and review of quantitative data.
– Assisting with the engagement of children and young people in insight activity at various stages of the academic year, including focus groups and write-draw-show-tell techniques.
– Assisting the dissemination of research findings through infographics and short reports.
– Establishing and building rapport and trust with the children and young people on the programme.
– Be a positive role model for children and young people Report welfare or safeguarding concerns about about children and young people to educational professionals and programme Coordinators.
– Travelling to schools which are situated across the Liverpool City region and West Lancashire. Business insurance is necessary if travelling by own car.
RequirementHold a valid DBS certificate obtained through Edge Hill University or be willing to go through a DBS clearance process.  Must be eligible to work in the UK and produce evidence of required visas if necessary.  
Start and end dateFrom October 2022 – July 2023
Agreed work pattern (days and hours)To be negotiated.  Timetabling of hours will be agreed with individuals but it is expected that the TtB programme will run 5 days a week throughout term time, so it is essential that insight officers are able to commit to attending all their scheduled sessions. We will endeavour to work around university commitments, including any placement requirements.
Time expected to commit to the projectNegotiable.
Maximum expenses payable (as per Faculty policy)Car users will receive 45p per mile for miles above and beyond journeys from/to Edge Hill University. It is the car user’s responsibility to have business/volunteer insurance cover in place prior to any journeys made. Users of public transport will be reimbursed in full with proof of receipts/tickets. All mentors will need to follow institutional processes to be paid for expenses.  
Contact for further discussionsRachel Wilcock (Research Assistant in Sport, Mental Health & Education) [email protected]edgehill.ac.uk
Application deadlineThursday 20 October, no later than 12 noon.

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