Peer Mentors brief The Alchemy Project JUNE 2015 .pdf
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The Alchemy Project – Peer Mentors
Dance-‐Led Programme in Early Intervention in Psychosis 2015
A Co-‐Produced Action Research Project
The Alchemy Project is interested to hear from people who have a keen interest in dance and who wish to
work with our mental health client group -‐ young adults aged 18 to 35 accessing Early Intervention in
Psychosis services in South London.
The Alchemy Project is an enterprise established by Dance United Yorkshire (DUY) in association with
Cultural Utilities and Enterprises (CUE) to take forward the work that Dance United had been developing in
the mental health sector. Dance United’s proven, award-‐winning methodology evolved over many years of
work in the criminal justice sector was piloted in an intervention for young adults accessing Early
Intervention in Psychosis services in 2013. The pilot – named SeaBreeze -‐ delivered very promising results.
The Alchemy Project will now take this work forward and deliver an action research project to further test
and develop the outcomes of SeaBreeze. The action research project will see the delivery of two
interventions for young adults accessing Early Intervention in Psychosis services in spring and summer 2015
and is delivered by The Alchemy Project in partnership with SLaM -‐ Early Intervention in Psychosis Services
and SLaM -‐ Arts Strategy team.
Aiming to support the young adults in their recovery journey, the first action research project will run from
June to July 2015. It will culminate in a performance on Monday 20th July presenting new work created
specifically for this client group by the established choreographer Darren Ellis, and Dance Directors Carly
Annable-‐Coop and Ellen Steinmuller.
As a Peer Mentor you will join the 4-‐week programme beginning on Thursday 11th June 2015. You will
engage in an intensive Contemporary Dance training programme and need to be available as follows:
• 11th June 2015: Mandatory induction and training day for all peer mentors
• 17th, 18th or 19th June 2015: Taster sessions with potential participants, peer mentors need to
attend one of these two sessions
• 22nd June – 20th July: all peer mentors need to attend 10.00 – 16.00, Monday to Friday, for
rehearsals and preparation for the performance
As a Peer Mentor you will benefit from the experience of:
• working with leading professional dance artists
• intensive full-‐time Contemporary Dance Training programme culminating in a professionally staged
• working with young adults in a community dance setting
The Alchemy Project intervention is physically stimulating and Peer Mentors will gain mentoring experience
as well as technical and choreographic skills whilst engaging with the young adults, professional dance
artists, clinical practitioners and support managers.
Breakfast and lunch are provided during the intensive 4 week programme and peer mentors are required
to join in these meals with participants.
The Alchemy Project, is an enterprise established by Cultural Utilities & Enterprises (CUE) in association with Dance United
Yorkshire (DUY) to take forward the work of Dance United.
As a Peer Mentor on this dance-‐led intervention you are expected to demonstrate competence in your
dance skills and abilities. The young adults that The Alchemy Project works with present with individual
vulnerabilities and complex needs. The right candidate will bring sensitivity, empathy and self-‐reflection to
the role and can manage being in situations that can sometimes be stressful and challenging. It is equally
important that the peer mentor is reliable, holds an excellent attendance and punctuality record and has a
positive committed attitude.
HOW TO APPLY
Please complete an application form. Completed application forms must be sent to Ellen Steinmuller
(email@example.com) by 5pm on Monday 18th May 2015. Successful candidates will be
notified by 22nd May. Interviews (including a practical session) will take place during the week of 1st June in
South London (venue to be confirmed).
18th May 2015
Successful candidates notified
22nd May 2015
Interviews (including practical
Week of 1 June 2015
10am -‐ 4pm
11th June & 12th June
10am – 4pm
2 hour session (am or pm)
Full company meeting
15th & 16th June
10am – 1.30pm
22nd – 26th June
29 June – 30 July
10am -‐ 4pm
6th – 10th July
10am -‐ 4pm
13th – 17th July
10am -‐ 4pm
Rehearsal & Performance
19th & 20th July
For further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org