We are looking for a Freelance Craft For Wellbeing Facilitator to run our community craft groups

What is Stitched Up?

Stitched Up is a not-profit Community Benefit Society on a mission to inspire action on sustainable fashion. You can read more about us here.

Job Specifics

Job title: Freelance Craft For Wellbeing Facilitator

Location: Scouts Hut Chorlton (workshop venue) as well as WFH and our Stretford Mall unit for admin and prep

Hours: Approx 10 hours a week

Contract: Fixed Term – 3 months 

This will comprise of:

 – 5 hours per week of facilitation prep

– 2.5 hours of session facilitation on set days

– 1 hour of communication WhatsApp group (work phone provided)

– 1.5 hours of project admin

Pay: £10 per hour, on a self-employed freelance basis

Start date: Feb/March – to be agreed with the successful applicant.

Job Description

We are due to start our 4th year of our Bee Well Crafternoons hosted in Chorlton (specifically the Scout Hut: 29 Buckingham Rd, Manchester M21 0SB). We are looking for a talented sewing and craft workshop facilitator who is passionate about the positive impact of creativity on mental health. You will be responsible for facilitating the weekly groups hosted on Wednesday afternoons, starting in the first week of March 2022 (full dates will be provided prior to interview). Other responsibilities will include maintaining communication with the group by setting up a WhatsApp group (work phone provided), preparing and gathering materials for the sessions and working on any necessary admin and paperwork for the group.

As this is a freelance role any applicant will be required to be registered as self-employed. 

About our Bee Well Crafternoons

Bee Well Crafternoons is a 10 week creative sewing course for adults facing mental health challenges, which focuses on creativity and resourcefulness using reclaimed materials.

Over the 10 weeks participants will be learning different textile craft skills, including knitting, crochet, hand sewing, visible mending, darning, embroidery, applique, needle felting and more.

This year’s group will be based at the Scouts Hut in Chorlton. The group will provide a safe and supportive environment in which participants can learn and share new skills and get to know peers in the community with common interests and who face similar issues.

While the initial few sessions will follow a pre-prepared learning plan, as the programme progresses and the group get to know one another, they will be encouraged to shape the course’s content and share their own skills.

Essential skills / qualities

  • Passionate about sustainability
  • Ability to work independently
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Reliable, efficient, and hardworking 
  • Knowledge of multiple sewing and craft skills (we don’t expect you to know everything – we don’t!)    
  • Experience of running and managing groups 
  • Experience in facilitating workshops
  • Knowledge of social prescribing and wellbeing

Desirable skills / qualities

  • Interest in co-operative working
  • Confident in using a bike/cycling to travel to workshops with equipment and materials

Application Process

To apply please send a CV with a covering letter (one side of A4 max) outlining your suitability for the role to hello@stitchedup.coop

Application deadline 31st of Jan

Interviews the week commencing 7th of Feb

We’ll contact everyone who applies, whether you’re invited to be interviewed or not, however due to the size of our organisation we aren’t able to provide feedback for every application.