Youth Arts Consultants – Recruiting

Birds of Paradise is seeking young disabled people to join its team of Youth Arts Consultants (YACs). 


Responsible to: Engagement Manager

Fee: £30.00 per hour (this is a freelance role, you will be resonsible for paying your own tax)

Deadline: Monday 1st August, 8am

We are keen to hear from applicants who traditionally have experienced barriers and identity as coming from a mixed heritage background or a person of colour, LGBTQ+ or from a low socio-economic background. 

The Role

The YACs are a group of young disabled artists who provide accessibility training and consultancy to the creative industries, to improve the accessibility for disabled people in engaging in arts activities. Examples of the type of work the YACs carry out includes:

  • Disability Equality Training: YACs deliver Birds of Paradise’s Disability Equality Training (DET) presentation to organisations that book it. DET can be delivered in-person and online. For more information about DET please click here.

  • Access audits: The YACs review an organisation’s services (websites, printed materials or physical spaces) to understand how accessible they are, and identify if they present any barriers to disabled people. The YACs then compile a report highlighting where the good practice is, and where there is room for building on the accessibility. This work can be delivered online or in-person, depending on the specifics of the job.

  • Alt-texting: Images online are only accessible to blind/visually impaired people if they have an alt-text description. The YACs can audit a website and provide alt-text for any images that do not already have it.

For this intake, we are especially keen to recruit people who have a particular interest in delivering our Disability Equality Training packages.

People who apply to become a YAC do not need to have any previous experience with this type of work. Training will be provided to all new YACs before they will be expected to undertake any work. Find out more about the YACs here.

“Being part of the Youth Art Consultant team is a very eye opening experience.
The work we do is important, innovative, interesting and it really makes a difference.”
Jack Hunter

“I have really enjoyed helping make things more accessible such as websites
and I feel that I am making a difference.”
Amy McAinsh

How Does Being a YAC Work?

When a client contacts BOP with an offer of work, we contact the YACs to see who is available to take on the work. Depending on who is available, the work is then assigned to specific people. 

  • DET is always delivered in pairs, so two YACs are able to work on each job. 
  • Access audits and alt-texting can have multiple YACs contributing to a single job.

If a YAC is unavailable to work on a specific job, this is totally fine – we expect that YACs will have other commitments, and that working on YAC projects might not always be a priority for them.

The structure of the YACs initiative means that there is only work available when clients book in a particular service. As such we cannot guarantee a minimum amount of hours per month. 


BOP understands that Disabled people may experience barriers when undertaking some professional tasks. If, during the process of completing their work, a YAC will incur additional costs that relate to their access requirements, these will be covered by BOP.

After being recruited, we will ask all new YACs to complete an Access Requirements Form, so we are able to establish what processes are required to make an accessible working environment for each YAC.


In light of the inability to guarantee a minimum amount of working hours per month, all YAC work is paid at a rate of £30 per hour. This includes any meeting times, such as the training you will receive.

This work is freelance, and fees are paid after the submission of an invoice. YACs are responsible for paying their own tax.

Any travel costs associated with YAC work, will be paid by BOP.

Eligibility Criteria


  • You must identify as Disabled – see definition here
  • You must be aged between 18 – 25 at the time of application
  • You must have an interest in the arts
  • You must have a home base in Scotland
  • You must have access to a computer, and have a high level of confidence in using computers


  • You might have a creative practice, this would include people for whom being creative is not a profession but an active interest
  • You might have an interest in the disability rights movement, and a desire for increased accessibility

How to Apply

Please complete the application form by Monday 1st August, 8am

We understand that some people may experience access barriers while undertaking our application process, so we are providing three different ways that people can apply. Please use the process that is the most accessible to you.

You only need to complete one of these processes.

1 - Digital Application Form

If you would prefer to complete the Digital Application Form in a different window, you can do so by clicking here.

2 - Word Document Application Form

If the Digital Application Form is not accessible to you, please download and complete the Word document version of the form, found below.

Please send the completed form into Callum Madge via

3 - Video Submission Applications

If you would like to send in a video application, please use the Word Document Application Form (above) as a guide to the questions you should answer. Please make sure you answer all of the questions outlined in the Word Document Application Form.

Please send your video and any supporting material in to Callum Madge via

When you have completed the application form, please also complete our Equal Opportunties Form

Any further enquiries please contact our Engagement Manager, Callum Madge via