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We are hiring: Administrator required

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We are currently seeking to employ a part-time administrator on a 6 month contract to join our team.

Key elements of the role are as follows:

*Day to day administration, correspondence and communication
*Conducting ongoing research to provide the evidence base for ongoing activities
*Promoting awareness of the Festival nationally and internationally
*Managing the Festival’s online presence throughout the year, developing content on and social media platforms with particular emphasis on interactivity and audience development
*Funding & Fundraising
*Accounting & Financial Management
*Office Management
*Programme Co ordination
*Organisational Communications
*Volunteer Programme Co ordination

The key qualities sought are:

• Visual literacy, excellent written and oral communication skills
• Proven track record in a similar role
• Evidence of successfully managing relationships
• Experience setting and controlling budgets and in efficient use of financial and other
• Knowledge of the performing arts
• Enthusiasm for Dublin and Ireland and knowledge of the country’s national culture
and artists
• Commitment to extending participation in the arts & health

Skills and personal qualities:

• Excellent interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to build trust‐based relationships internally and externally
• The ability to think strategically
• Initiator and collaborator, able to work effectively with others
• Resilient, with the ability to cope with pressure and high expectations
• Integrity, honesty and loyalty
• Proven leadership, team‐building and management skills
• Planning and decision making skill, note taking and meeting management skills
• Commercial awareness

Applicants are invited to submit:
• A detailed Curriculum Vitae outlining all relevant experience
• A letter of application outlining what makes you an appropriate candidate for the position
• Contact details for two professional referees

The closing date for receipt of all applications is 5pm on Wednesday 6th Aug. Please email your CV, letter of application and reference details to

For more information click here.

A message from Lewis Kenny

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We work hard to make First Fortnight happen. We work long hours in our so-called real jobs and then work longer in our so-called free time to keep this thing afloat and keep our message out there. It’s hard at times. In fact it’s hard a lot of the time. And I have no problem admitting that quite often I wonder why I still do it and how much longer I can keep doing it. And it’s a funny thing. It seems that every time I feel like that something happens that makes be stop and say “That’s why we do this! That’s why this matters. And that’s why I’m going to keep doing it.” Well, that happened again recently… (more…)

First Fortnight is looking for media and PR volunteers

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First Fortnight is looking for volunteers to assist with its media and PR campaign ahead of the 2015 Festival this January.

You may be someone working in journalism or PR or you may be a blogger, journalist, videographer or PR student with an interest in mental health and looking to gain some experience at working on a festival or health-focused media campaign.

The roles will involve assisting the Press, Public Relations and Media manager. You will work under his guidance to help plan the festival’s PR campaign; contribute articles and ideas for our blog; help push our message on social media; and contact journalists and other media professionals to help gain coverage for the festival.

Hopefully you will be interested in mental health and the arts and willing to give over a few hours each month to help First Fortnight’s goal of challenging mental health stigma.

First Fortnight is a volunteer-run charity, but you’ll get great experience of working on a national festival with a passionate and committed team. It’s great fun, we promise!

If it sounds like something you’re interested in, please drop Steve Cummins a line – or on Twitter @Steve_Cummins

2013 at the First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies.

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As we get further into 2014,  the First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies looks back on a very successful first year in 2013. We have set up a brand new service, delivering art psychotherapy to individuals within homeless services for group, or individual art psychotherapy.

We have had invaluable support from Genio, Crosscare, Dublin City Council, the HSE and everyone who supports First Fortnight throughout the year. This support has led to the survival of the project into 2014, and we look forward to growing and expanding our service in the coming year. (more…)

What are the Creative Arts Therapies?

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Back in September Bill Ahessy a music therapist wrote an excellent article in the Irish Psychologist, giving a comprehensive overview of the Creative Arts Therapies in Ireland.

Bill Ahessy trained as a music therapist in (more…)

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