We Are Hiring Access Hosts for Abundance

Our natural, inclusive garden playspace, Abundance, is opening on 25 June. Sited outside the Birmingham Treatment Centre on Dudley Road, Abundance is an oasis in the midst of the city. 

Our Access Hosts will provide a welcome for all visitors and offer specific support for any visitors who have additional needs. Abundance has been designed with active inclusivity in mind and we hope that people who may feel unable to access other spaces will feel welcome at ours. We appreciate that we cannot predict everyone’s needs, so our Access Hosts will need to be responsive, warm, and genuinely interested in inclusion. We expect that access duties will include the following:

  • Laying tracking for wheelchair users as needed
  • Highlighting seating areas and places of rest for those with mobility issues or those experiencing sensory overwhelm 
  • Supporting engagement with audio description
  • Providing touch tours for visually impaired visitors
  • Seeking to gently engage people who many not previously have been welcomed in similar spaces.

This role will also include general duties related to the space as follows:

  • Opening the space at the start of the day / securing it at the end of the day
  • Completing a brief safety check of the space at the beginning and end of the day and providing a status update to an offsite manager
  • Watering plants
  • Unpacking any small equipment that’s been stored overnight
  • Counting visitors
  • Answering questions about the space
  • Keeping a record of responses to built in creative evaluation activities
  • Supporting any programmed activities on site, eg advocacy sessions run by the RSPB
  • Picking up litter and emptying trash and recycling bins
  • Acting as a point of contact for any incidents (First Aid training is desirable but not required).

Training to support all of the above-mentioned duties will be provided.

While there will often be volunteers and project staff on site, our Access Hosts may be on site on their own at times and will need to feel confident acting independently. An offsite manager will always be available on the phone. We seek to create a happy and supportive working environment with regular contact even during lone working.

Spectra is a neurodiverse multi-arts company that creates playful and inclusive work that explores the world around us. We warmly welcome applications from the global majority; members of the LGBTQ+ community; those who identify as disabled; and members of D/deaf communities.

Dates of work: Abundance is open daily from 10am-6pm, 25 June – 3 September. This role will begin in mid-July and may be shared between several people. We are happy to receive applications from those who are available for a portion of our opening, though you must be available for a minimum of 18 days (or 36 half days) over our opening period.

Fee: £10/hour paid as a self-employed fee (you must be responsible for your own tax and national insurance payments)

Location: Outside the Birmingham Treatment Centre, Dudley Rd, Birmingham B18 7QH

Application process: in no more than two sides of A4 or a 4 minutes video/audio recording, please tell us why working on Abundance interests you and how your experience relates specifically to this work. Please also tell us about your availability. Please send this expression of interest and any questions to hello@wearespectra.co.uk. 

If you have access requirements, please get in touch to talk about how we can support you in making your application. 

Deadline 12pm, Tuesday 28 June 2022

Informal Interviews will be held w/c 4 July

We would be grateful if you could fill out a quick equal opportunities monitoring form here: https://forms.gle/tHFfsYP2RvoMCkKN8

The project is part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival and is supported by Creative Black Country, Mercian Community Trust, and Your Trust Charity, in partnership with Sandwell West Birmingham NHS Trust.