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Project Art Works is working in responsive ways to support the people we work with. Whilst our studios are temporarily suspended, more people are relying on our Peer Support Network (PSN) which brings together people who have complex support needs, families, carers, support workers, commissioners and providers to share their knowledge and experiences navigating this everchanging situation.

Volunteering with us

Project Art Works is looking for volunteers to support this service through research and information sharing. This is an opportunity to gain insight into the current climate of health and social care and the lived experience of people with complex needs. The Network is holding fortnightly virtual Peer Support meetings for family carers including parents, siblings and support workers as well as offering individual support and ongoing information sharing. We have identified areas where advice and guidelines are constantly shifting, and volunteers would support us to find the most current information to share each week.

To apply please complete an application form and send to [email protected] or contact sally on the above email for more information or support in applying. The deadline is Friday 15th May.

Areas of research include:

  • PPE supplies: where to access locally and who to contact
  • Up to date testing protocol and guidelines
  • Guidance on blanket rules for social distancing and adjustments for people with complex support needs
  • Finding local and national resources to support day to day life (financial Support, food & shopping, tech support)
  • Practical resources, activities and creative prompts that support wellbeing through Covid 19

You will experience:

  • Working as part of a team through virtual collaboration to support the PSN
  • Supporting the research and dissemination of Peer Support Network resources
  • Engaging with families, parents, carers and support workers to facilitate sharing of experiences and knowledge

What you can bring:

  • An interest in health and social care
  • A passion for supporting people to access information and share knowledge
  • An organised and patient approach
  • Digital literacy and / or experience of research
  • An understanding of the social model of disability or willingness to learn

As a volunteer for the Peer Support Network we would require you to commit 2 hrs per week.

Applicants will be invited for an informal conversation through zoom or by phone to match to the most appropriate research role.

Image: Edward Cox-Smith, Untitled, 2015

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