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Welfare Advocate

Hours & Salary:
Part time (24 hours per week) / £17,100 pro rata (i.e. £28,560 per annum FTE)

Home-based with regular attendance at team meetings and events in Birmingham and

Contract period:
12-month Fixed Term Contract with the possibility of being made permanent (initial 3-month probation)

Purpose of the role:
We are seeking an experienced Welfare Advocate to empower artists we work with and support them to improve their confidence and capability, including in relation to the effective management of their finance and compliance with benefit systems.

About you:

  • An approachable and empathetic person who cares deeply about supporting and empowering young people with learning disabilities and getting to know artists as individuals.
  • An excellent communicator at all levels.
  • Experienced in support work, advocacy, social services, benefit systems or similar.
  • Really knowledgeable about Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Employment & Support Allowance, Universal Credit and Access to Work procedures.
  • Tenacious and thorough in your approach, with first-class attention to detail, the ability to work under pressure and manage your own workload.
  • Committed to respecting individual’s confidentiality.
  • Tuned in to case law, the effects of welfare reform and forthcoming changes.

Why Open Theatre?
We Do Difference Differently. Open Theatre has been transforming the lives of young people with learning disabilities (YPWLD) for over 30 years. We use nonverbal physical theatre to collaborate with YPWLD, creating quality art which reflects and celebrates their unique creativity. We wholeheartedly believe in the ability of YPWLD to contribute to the creative and culture life of the places where they live, and work as advocates for their valued involvement as artists and leaders.

It’s a really exciting time to join us as we embark on delivering an ambitious 3-yearstrategy in line with our Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funding. We’d love you to be part of the journey!

How to apply
1. Download the Job Description. The Easy Read Job Description is available here.

2. Fill in the application form by 4th March 2024. The Easy Read Application Form can be found here.

3. Fill in the equal opportunities form by 4th March 2024

4. Interviews will be held on or around 18th March 2024

Or you can apply by video or audio with the same information (no longer than 5 minutes in length please). Please contact and we can support you to do this.

Please send any Easy-Read or video/audio applications to

Guaranteed Interview Scheme for Black and/or Disabled Applicants


Open Theatre recognises the long-term systemic barriers which have prevented black artists & cultural workers from thriving in the industry.

As part of our commitment under the More than a Moment initiative to combat these barriers, we are operating a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for any applicants from black* backgrounds who meet the Essential Criteria in the Personal Specification.

We are equally committed to providing opportunities for disabled artists, including those identifying as neurodivergent, autistic or as having autism, as having learning disabilities or differences, or mental health conditions. The Guaranteed Interview Scheme will apply to anyone applying who meets the Essential Criteria in the Personal Specification, and identifies as disabled.

* We have adopted the Black Ticket Project‘s definition of ‘Black’: as of Black African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and African-American heritage, including those of mixed-Black heritage who identify as such (More Than A Moment).

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