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Manchester Support Worker

Streetwise Opera seeks a skilled and passionate support worker in Manchester, with an interest in the arts and experience of working with people affected by homelessness or in the social sector.

We are looking for an individual with demonstrable experience of supporting adults at risk in homelessness settings or equivalent frontline settings.

The role involves supporting a weekly 2-hour session per month, in addition to up to 2 hours a week to cover set up/pack down of sessions and pick up on any urgent pastoral care between sessions.

Recruitment process

Please submit an application form, which you can download on this page.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 1 November, 9:00am.

Interviews: Monday 6 November (in person – Manchester) with the Manchester Regional Producer and Head of Producing and Participation.

We will guarantee an interview to candidates who have lived experience of homelessness and meet the criteria of the job specification of the role. If you regard yourself as someone who has this lived experience, please also indicate this on the application form where indicated. Please state if you require any reasonable adjustments to be made with regards to an interview on this on the application form where indicated.

All applications will be considered anonymously using only the answers to the questions that you have provided. We will request your CV if you are invited to interview.

Working at Streetwise Opera

As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to ensuring within the framework of the law that our workplaces are free from unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender (including gender reassignment), sexuality, religion or beliefs, marital status, disability, age, pregnancy or trade union membership, or the fact that they are a part-time worker or a fixed-term employee.

We aim to ensure that our employees achieve their full potential and that all employment decisions are taken without reference to irrelevant or discriminatory criteria. To find out more, read our Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policy.


Contract / Salary: Freelance. £22.50 per hour. 2-hour session each week (£45) plus up to an extra 2 hours a week of set up, administration or support during term time (£45). Additional hours may be offered for Streetwise Plus trips (cultural / theatre visits).

Location: Weekly Streetwise Sessions take place at Whitworth Art Gallery. Streetwise Plus trips will take place across a variety of cultural venues in Manchester.

Notice period: This role will be contracted on a term-to-term basis. We would ask for a period of 4 weeks’ notice.