The opportunity

Minstead Trust is a thriving Hampshire charity that supports people with learning disabilities to lead more independent and fulfilling lives. At the end of 2018, we took over the running of Hanger Farm Arts Centre in West Totton, which, in addition to our other successful social enterprises, Furzey Gardens and Minstead Lodge Wedding and Conference Centre, provides employment and training opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Alongside our ambition plans for the development of the venue’s arts and entertainment programme, we are excited to launch the Hanger Farm Community Theatre (HFCT) offering a mix of drama and participatory arts which are inclusive and accessible to all.

The Community Theatre is founded upon Minstead Trust’s strong community spirit which models the society we would like to see; valuing each person so that they flourish. Under the inclusive community theatre framework, we are seeking drama facilitators to help us deliver a range of drama and other creative arts sessions. Initially we are recruiting for a facilitator who will lead a group aimed specifically for adults with learning disabilities (Mondays 1:30-3:00pm).  In time we will be recruiting for a youth theatre group for young people aged 11+ (on a weekday evening to be confirmed) and a group for adults (on a weekday to be confirmed).   The ultimate aim is that the groups will come together as the Hanger Farm Community Theatre to deliver bespoke, high quality and accessible performances.

Drama facilitators will work as part of a supportive, creative team, and there will be ample opportunities to develop workshops, programmes and performance outputs which bring together small groups of people with diverse backgrounds and needs, and which engage the whole community theatre ensemble in collective creative endeavour.   


About you

You will be an arts professional, experienced in devising and delivering drama workshops for a range of levels and abilities. You will have direct experience of working with adults or young people with learning difficulties and in particular being able to communicate effectively and inspire the group. You will be adept at interacting and communicating with individuals in a way that promotes dignity and respect, and will be committed to supporting Minstead Trust’s values of putting students first, being inspirational, achieving success, maintaining high professional standards, behaving with Integrity and valuing difference.

If you’d like to be involved from the very beginning in the development of this exciting new community theatre venture, please contact Jill Matthews to request an application form and job specification. Email: [email protected] or telephone 02380 81 2297.

For more information about the opportunity, please contact Emma Golby-Kirk, Head of Arts and Cultural Programming. Email: [email protected]; or call  07754 826404.

Terms of employment: A freelance fee of £20 per hour to be paid as follows: £40 per 1.5 hr session, which includes, in addition to the sessional time, 10 minutes of set-up time, 10 minutes of clear away time & 10 minutes to be accumulated towards attendance at one 1-hour planning meeting per half-term.

Due to the nature of this employment sector, your application is subject to a successful Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Check (DBS, formerly CRB).

(Note: We only shortlist from Application Forms in accordance with Safer Recruitment Guidelines)

Person specification and job objectives.