dlr County Council/ HSE Dublin Mid Leinster Arts and Health Partnership is seeking project proposals from professional dance practitioners/companies who are interested in engaging with older people from Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County.

We are looking for dance practitioners who are experienced in working collaboratively with older people, flexible in their approach and responsive to the needs of the participants. Project outline A core goal of Healthy Ireland: A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2015 is to “Increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life”; this includes supporting the health and wellbeing of older people within the community. Older people have also been identified as a priority demographic in Continuing the Conversation dlr’s Arts Development Policy 2011-2014. With this in mind, dlr County Council /HSE Dublin Mid Leinster Arts and Health Partnership wishes to engage a dance practitioner/company to collaborate with three groups of older people within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county, incorporating promotion of health and wellbeing within their artistic practice. The Partnership envisages that the dance practitioner/company will engage on a weekly basis with the groups from October 2014 – March 2015. Throughout the duration of the project, the dance practitioner/company will also work with the Partnership to monitor and evaluate the project and its participants from an arts and health perspective. The maximum budget assigned to this project is €11,000* and this includes weekly facilitation, meetings with dlr County Council/HSE Dublin Mid Leinster Arts and Health Partnership, VAT (if applicable), promotional material and documentation, and any other project related fees. *Applicants must incorporate the cost of an external arts and health evaluation into their budget breakdown.

Applications will be accepted in writing and are to be sent to:

Róisín O’Grady,
Arts Participation and Learning Assistant,
The Arts Office, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council,
Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin.

Deadline for applications is Thursday 25 September at 12 noon

Please apply in writing and include 3 hard copies of each of the following (email applications will not be accepted):
* Curriculum Vitae with relevant experience clearly outlined.
* A project proposal clearly expressing your interest in the proposed project and relevance of the opportunity to your work to date. This proposal needs to state your approach to the project from an arts and health perspective. (2 A4 pages in length maximum) .
* Two referees (related to both your dance practice and arts and health experience if possible) .
* Budget breakdown of the project to include facilitation, promotional material, VAT, external evaluation and any other related costs.
* Supplementary information that will support the application, for example short description of relevant previous projects and photographs/audio or visual documentation.
* * Please note that supplementary information will not be returned to applicant (applicants should ensure that they do not send any unique or irreplaceable material).

* Selection will be based on the written proposal, budget breakdown and any additional supplementary material supplied.
* Applicants may be called to an interview if deemed necessary by the selection panel.
* Applications received after 12 noon on Thursday 25th September will not be accepted under any circumstances.
* Emailed applications will be deemed ineligible.
* Applications that do not include 3 hard copies as requested will be considered ineligible.
* Successful applicants may be subject to Garda Vetting.

For more information, please contact Róisín O’Grady at: rogrady@dlrcoco.ie or (01) 2719532


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