Development Worker- Freelance

Contract Type: 
Contract / Temporary
Part time
Application deadline: 
Tuesday, 28 June, 2022 - 10:00
Fixed Salary
Per Annum
The Cultural Spring Charity

The Cultural Spring (Charity) – Development Worker (Freelance)

July 2022 – July 2023.

10 days per month @ £200 per day

The Cultural Spring Charity was set up in September 2020. The Charity is part of the legacy of The Cultural Spring's Creative People and Places project. It was established to support the work and values of The Cultural Spring project and increase investment in arts and culture from a range of sources, including trusts and foundations.

At the moment the Charity's main priority is working with partners to ensure The Cultural Spring continues its work in South Tyneside once the current CPP project comes to an end there in March 2023. This is due to South Tyneside no longer being eligible for Creative People and Places funding due to the Active Lives data which is the metric used for Arts Council Place Based programmes.

The Cultural Spring Charity trustees are committed and excited to be continuing to develop the work of The Cultural Spring and exploring new opportunities for communities to engage in arts and culture across Sunderland and South Tyneside.

The Charity has recently been successful in an Arts Council Project grant for the purposes of organisational development and this role will be funded through this project funding.

We are looking for a Development Worker to support us to develop our Business Delivery Plan, fundraising strategy and grow as an organisation. The Cultural Spring Creative People and Places project will operate in South Tyneside until March 2023 after this time the Charity will create default benefit taking over and building on the legacy of the project. Through this work we'll be better placed to connect to the Boroughs Cultural Strategy, start running priority projects and employing staff and artists through the Charity. It will enable us to become a resilient arts organisation.

There will be a mix of working at home, hot desking with our CPP project colleagues at the University of Sunderland and meeting with partners and stakeholders across South Tyneside and in the community.

Specifically, we are looking for someone to help us to:

  • Specifically, work with the Board to help us develop the Charity’s; Business Delivery Plan and Fundraising Strategy
  • Lead writer for funding applications with a wide range of funders
  • Develop and present to the board systems and procedures that will enable the Charity to start employing staff and artists
  • Liaise directly with the Project Director for day-to-day issues. Work closely with the CPP project team, ensure clear communication and identification of opportunities in the early stages of setting up and the transition of CPP to Charity in South Tyneside
  • Ensure Key South Tyneside cultural partners are informed of developments at appropriate times
  • Ensuring the principals of community participation remain prominent with the key task’s developments of this work
  • Reporting into The Cultural Spring Board on a regular basis

We are offering this role at ten days per month, for one year and we are flexible about which days are worked. There will be opportunities to review this as we go.

You will be committed to the creation and promotion of excellent arts and cultural programmes that engage and involve participants, encourage new and diverse audiences and enhance the wellbeing of the communities we work with.

To apply please send us a proposal (no more than two sides of A4) outlining how you meet the requirements of the role as outlined in the job description and person specification along with your C.V. (including two referees).  

Please also complete this online monitoring form. The form is anonymised and therefore is not considered alongside your proposal and will not be seen by the selection panel. However it helps us understand who is applying to work with The Cultural Spring Charity and identify any gaps in the reach of our recruitment.

Your proposal should outline why you’d like the role, your relevant skills and experience. Please either send a written proposal or a video/audio file to

We would ask that videos are no more than 15 minutes in length. Larger files can be submitted via a platform such as WeTransfer, Dropbox or Google Drive if required.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Tuesday 28 June.  

Interviews will be held either in person or via Teams or Zoom on Monday 4 July. Only applicants selected for interview will be notified by us.

If you require this information in an alternative format, please do get in contact with us.

If you have any queries about this role or would like to have a confidential informal discussion before applying, please contact Emma Horsman, to arrange a suitable time.

For full job details including job description and person specification, please click here.