Vacancies: Arts Therapists

We are registered charity based in Exeter, Devon and seek to provide services across the South West. Our purpose is to improve health, well-being and life chances through access to arts opportunities, arts therapies and health-related projects.


We are seeking to engage freelance Arts Therapists for our Anxiety and Depression Arts Therapy for young people in Devon.
These unique and exciting roles involve joining a newly established and growing local charity and a dynamic team who care passionately about making a difference and improving mental health and wellbeing for children and young people. You will be joining us at an exciting time and have opportunities to further grow and develop our organisation as we seek to widen our ability to meet need.


Currently we have 3 short-term contracts available and also looking for others to join our freelance bank for sessional work. These are all offered on a self-employed basis subject to our terms of business.




The 3 short-term posts available are:


2 posts for a 5 hour shift on Mondays in our arts therapy rooms in central Exeter. The hours are 2.30pm – 7.30pm and will involve providing a mixture of one to one sessions, small group work and co-ordination and administration to ensure best practise. The rate for these posts will be a set rate of £80 per 5 hour shift, per week beginning early Sept 17 for a period of 12 months.
1 post in an Exeter school, providing one to one sessions or small group work as best meets student needs as well as co-ordination and administration to ensure best practise. Age of students may range from primary through to secondary age. The hours are subject to negotiation and confirmation though are likely to be 8.30am – 4pm. The day rate for this contract is £120 a day, one day per week (day to be negotiated) and will be from early Sept 17 until mid July 18.

The roles will also include:
Support with client experience and service evaluation.
Additional tasks as necessary and agreed to support the development of our service.
Participation in team meetings and peer group supervision when required.
Attendance at training events and workshops.


You will:
Be a fully-qualified arts therapist (art, drama or music) and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council.
Educated to Masters degree level or equivalent.
Have excellent experience in working with children and young people with additional needs (such as autism and learning disabilities)
The ability to be flexible to the needs of individuals within a structured setting.
Have a clear history of continuous professional development and experience in supporting young people with a range of mental health difficulties and issues (including anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, eating disorders, transition and relationship difficulties).
Be personally insured as a freelancer and confident in managing your own co-ordination of activities and arts therapy provision.
Be confident adhering to the HCPC code of conduct in regard to professional practice, clinical supervision, clinical records and continuous professional development.
Have experience of liaising with young people, families, schools, local authorities and other healthcare professionals to ensure young people’s needs are met.
Have up-to-date knowledge in relevant legal and best practice guidelines including safeguarding, data protection, working with vulnerable children and adults and professional boundaries.
To be proactive, resilient, self-aware – open to reflective practice and aware of own impact on others.
Have good IT skills.
Have a clear and current enhanced DBS check.


Download a PDF of the job description and person specification here:

Job description for arts therapists

Please send a CV and covering letter to
Deadline for applications: Tuesday 18th July
Interviews: Likely Monday 24th or Monday 31st July
Induction day: Likely Thursday 10th August

For further information about this role, and bank work opportunities, please contact Laura Blatherwick, on 01392 975 104. We look forward to hearing from you.