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Are you passionate about working creatively to bring about social change? Are you energetic, enthusiastic, and keen to make a difference to the lives of children and young people?

Sticks and Stones, an internationally recognised, award-winning theatre-in-education social enterprise, is the leading provider of creative anti-bullying solutions in Irish schools. We believe that every child should be able to fulfil his or her potential free from the damage bullying causes. Our Anti-bullying Programme offers a three-strand approach for the whole school community to help children and young people, teachers and parents to acknowledge, challenge and prevent bullying.

Using a carefully designed combination of discussion, communication and drama exercises, role-play and Forum Theatre, our facilitators guide children and young people through an in-depth discussion of the issues. It is intensive and participative we work hard to ensure that participants gain:

  • the ability to recognise bullying,
  • the confidence to challenge it,
  • and the skills to address it.

We are seeking dynamic, highly motivated, and experienced people to join our panel of freelance associate facilitators.

Ideally you will have:

  • Demonstrable facilitation skills and extensive experience of facilitating engaging workshops and training sessions with both children and young people across a range of settings.
  • Minimum two years experience of working with children & young people in a formal setting
  • A background in drama; an acting, teaching, or drama/art therapy qualification is desirable. Experience of using drama in a theatre-in-education setting is an advantage
  • A clear understanding and genuine interest in the issue of bullying, youth mental health and the emotional wellbeing issues faced by children and young people today.
  • The ability to work with enthusiasm, and energy to address the issue of bullying in line with the ethos of Sticks and Stones.
  • Proven ability to work creatively in a highly focussed yet sensitive manner, and the capacity to work constructively with children and young people that present with challenging behaviours
  • An understanding of Child Protection principles and best practice as outlined in “Children First”
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with fluent English. The ability to communicate effectively with all members of the school community, children, teachers etc. is essential.
  • Excellent timekeeping skills, with the ability to work flexibly and proactively
  • A willingness to travel; your own transport is an advantage although not essential
  • Readiness to engage in Reflective Practice, and Continuing Professional Development
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office applications and the ability to write clear and concise reports.

Relevant third level or equivalent professional qualifications are an advantage, however professional experience will be taken into consideration. Comprehensive training will be provided. All candidates must be willing to submit to background reference checks, Garda Clearance and any other clearance or checks as required.

This is an excellent opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of children and young people.  Whilst over half of our work is in Leinster, we work on a national basis and are keen to hear from facilitators who are based around the country.

If this sounds like an opportunity that interests you and you have the relevant experience and competencies, please email your CV and an accompanying letter that details your relevant skills, qualifications and experience, and tell us why you’re interested in joining the team at Sticks & Stones.

Please send to Patricia Kennedy via email cv@sticksandstones.ie with the subject line “Associate Facilitator” by 5pm, Wednesday 31st August 2016. All applications will be acknowledged

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