Work / Volunteering

Massage at Mappfest Music Festival 2016

BCMB has a thriving events team who go to all sorts of interesting events to provide massage to people on site and to showcase the great work we do.  Hannah Newrick, current Worcester student reports back from our recent outing at MappFest

“The morning of Sunday 20th of June was blessedly bright and dry as we set up for Mappfest Worcester Mappfest 22016. Now in its seventh year, Mappfest is an independent music festival held on Malvern Link common. It attracts over a thousand live music fans over two days who flock to hear bands performing on its three stages. Five BCMB students, two massage tables, a gazebo and folding chairs lent by Sarah Cohen for the purpose and yet more chairs borrowed from friends made up our massage stall where we were to spend the day offering massages to the public for a donation to Mappfest’s charities.

Worcester Mappfest 1Five hundred metres from the main stage, with a good view of the bands performing, it wasn’t long before people began to wander over and take an interest as Collette, one of our course leaders, demonstrated some great techniques for seated massage. Clients sat in chairs, with a towel draped around their shoulders, and received a ten or fifteen minute massage for a donation of their choice. Most people happily dropped notes into our bucket. Several people opted for a massage on one of our tables, with requests for back, shoulder, leg and foot massage. Disposable couch roll, a stack of towels, a hand washing station and wet wipes maintained good hygiene.

Although best delivered with minimal talking once a massage is under way, the social and fun nature of the event meant chatting with talkative clients about their day felt appropriate. The feedback we got was excellent and many people were interested in our training and impressed by how in depth it is. It was a great event to support and fantastic to gain experience of massaging in a festival environment. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and we even got the gazebo packed away before the rain arrived!”

Recruiting – Office & Facilities Manager

The Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork is looking for an experienced individual to join the College as Office and Facilities Manager. The work is varied and complex, involving organisation and management of all the College’s courses and clinics.

BCMB has a mission to help people fully inhabit their bodies, through:

  • High quality, person-centred training in massage and bodywork
  • Courses at introductory, professional and advanced levels
  • Low cost clinics
  • Highly skilled practitioners
  • Outreach in the community

 

Duties of the Office and Facilities Manager:

  1. Dealing with all enquiries face to face, via email, post or telephone.
  1. Full support to the College’s training programme and activities:
  • Planning and overseeing training programmes with course leaders;
  • Bookings/application forms;
  • Payments & invoicing;
  • Preparing course materials;
  1. Full support to the College’s Student and Graduate clinics:
  • Planning and overseeing clinic sessions;
  • Liaising with students, graduates and course leaders;
  • Bookings
  1. Upkeep of the College and clinic marketing materials:
  • Arranging the printing of course materials;
  • Updating the website;
  • Arranging advertising;
  • Creating social media posts;
  • Regular mailings to BCMB database.
  1. Accounts management
  • Supervising Office Administrator
  • Preparing account reports
  • Liaison with College accountant, along with College Director.
  1. Facilities management:
  • Monitoring and ordering supplies and stock;
  • Arranging maintenance as required of College resources, including premises.
  • Liaison with Landlord as required, with College Director
  1. BCMB Company Secretary
  1. Other duties as and when required

For more detailed information on this role and how it relates to the Office Manager position, please contact BCMB at: enquiries@bristolmassage.co.uk or phone on 0117 946 6371.

 

Person Specification
Essential Skills:

  • Excellent customer services skills in dealing with a wide range of individuals.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and sensitivity at all times.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in dealings whether face to face, in writing or on the telephone.
  • Experience in dealing with conflicting demands and priorities.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Sales experience.
  • Good IT skills and experience, including website management, ability to use databases, excel and other programmes specific to the college (training will be given).
  • Ability to think ahead, use initiative and work to a timetable of activity.

Desirable Skills:

  • Interest in massage and/or complementary therapies would be beneficial but is not essential.

 

Terms and Conditions

  • 3 days per week: 9 am – 5 pm (lunch break 1 – 2 pm). The days concerned can be negotiated.
  • Salary: full time equivalent £22,000pa (pro rata) rising to £23,000pa on satisfactory completion of a 6 month probationary period
  • 5 weeks holiday pay + bank holidays
  • Sickness pay: up to 5 days uncertificated; thereafter Statutory Sick Pay applies
  • Pension: to be introduced during the 2016/17 tax year, under auto enrolment

 

Closing Date and Interviews

Please submit a CV and letter of application explaining why you would be suitable for this role.

Applications will not be accepted after 12 noon on Thursday 14th April. Interviews will take place on Monday 18th April.

Then 2 weeks of training and induction before the person appointed takes up post on 5th May.

N.B. There can be some flexibility over the start date, depending on circumstances.

Massage Marathon for Aid Box Convoy

Recent graduates of the Holistic Massage Diploma from the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork (BCMB) are hosting a weekend massage marathon to raise money for refugees.

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th January there will be massages available in the morning (10am, 11am and 12noon) and the afternoon (2pm, 3pm and 4pm).
Each session will last 45 minutes and costs £30 or whatever you can afford to give.

There will be four massages taking place in one room with screens up between each table to ensure privacy – very similar to the graduate and student clinics ​that are ​held at BCMB. The treatment includes consultation, treatment relevant to your needs and after care advice.

Please contact Lydia on 07949 207 155 / lydiaspry@gmail.com and Lucy on 07779 660 105 / lucyanneparker@gmail.com to book your massage. 

All the money raised will go to Aid Box Convoy which is a committed team of volunteers from Bristol in the UK ​who are dedicated to the coordination, delivery and distribution of aid at refugee camps in northern France. They exist to provide humanitarian care to refugees and to offer support to the existing charities and organisations on the ground.

The team will also be accepting complete Aid Boxes or items for the Aid Boxes to help the refugees through the winter months. Only boxes with items from the lists on the Aid Box Convoy website (http://www.aidboxconvoy.co.uk/aid-donations/) will be accepted, so please refer to the website before donating.

If you are a massage practitioner and would be interested in donating some of your time, then please also contact Lucy or Lydia.  If you would like to get involved but can’t make it in to BCMB that weekend, you can donate any proceeds from any massages you do that day!

Clinic

Graduate Clinic – January to March

We’re now recruiting for the next phase of our Graduate Clinic which will be running from January 2016 to the end of March.

What is it?

  • Regular clinic sessions for graduates of BCMB Diploma courses held in:  The Blue Room at BCMB, Lower Ground Floor, 109 Pembroke Road, Clifton, BS8 3EU.
  • Three appointments per session
  • Clinics will be multi-bed i.e. 4 tables in the room, with privacy screens

Why?

  • Gain more experience.
  • Build up your client base.
  • Supervision included for free!
  • Enjoy using the facilities at BCMB’s lovely new home; you may keep your client notes here.
  • If a client wishes to see you for 1-1 appointments elsewhere, that is absolutely fine. And charge whatever your normal hourly rate is.

When?

  • Every Thursday, starting on 7th January 2016
  • 3 blocks:
    Morning – 9.30; 10.45 and 12.00;
    Afternoon – 2.00; 3.15 and 4.30;
    Evening – 6.00; 7.15 and 8.30 (already fully booked)
  • If you wish to do more than 1 block, that is fine.

Money?

  • Clients will pay £20 per massage or a block booking of 5 for £90.
  • Graduates will get paid £10 per massage – the balance pays for use of the BCMB facilities and also generates a budget for supervision.
  • Graduates will be expected to send in an invoice at the end of each month and will be paid by bank transfer.
  • We ask for a minimum commitment of 3 months and a maximum commitment of 6 months.
  • We will ask you to take on a simple contract.

Supervision?

  • The last Thursday of the month will be a 2 hour supervision group with a member of the BCMB teaching team.
  • THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS!
  • AND…. Whilst you can’t count the massage appointments as CPD, the supervision sessions certainly can be counted.

Where are clients from?

  • BCMB’s current database of clients, from existing clinics, from contacts at events and through our student database.
  • Clients generated by our Outreach Officer, Sophie Fagan
  • We previously had a marketing drive of leaflet drops in the area.  This proved very successful.  We therefore ask all new graduates to continue supporting us by helping with further leaflet drops before they start.

I’m interested – what do I do?

Contact BCMB’s Manager, Sarah Worley on 0117 946 6371 or by email:  enquiries@bristolmassage.co.uk

Indicate which blocks you are interested in.  Please note that all graduates will need to have their own insurance.

Join the Tango Team at Encuentro Una Mirada 11th – 13th September

Would you like to join the BCMB events team and provide massage for the tango dancers at Encuentro Una Mirada 2015?

The event runs from Friday 11th until Sunday 13th September at St Georges Concert Hall, just off Park St. We’ll be offering foot and chair massage all weekend. This is a great opportunity to practice your massage sills, gain on-site experience and meet other therapists. We’re also offering a ‘skills share’ session so you can pick up some new moves and collect some CPD hours. Last year we massaged nearly 70 pairs of feet and got some fantastic feedback – the dancers really appreciated having us there and we’re very happy to be invited back!

If you’re interested in joining us or would like some more information please contact Becky before Friday 21st August:
rwilkinson55@blueyonder.co.uk
07954 786 041

This is some of the footwork at St Georges last year:  https://youtu.be/0FHk-I6tTBg

Graduate Clinic – July to September

We’re now recruiting for the next phase of our Graduate Clinic which will be running from July to the end of September.

What is it?

  • Regular clinic sessions for graduates of BCMB Diploma courses (Holistic or Remedial & Sports) held in:  The Blue Room at BCMB, Lower Ground Floor, 109 Pembroke Road, Clifton, BS8 3EU.
  • Three appointments per session
  • Clinics will be multi-bed i.e. 4 tables in the room, with privacy screens

Why?

  • Gain more experience.
  • Build up your client base.
  • Supervision included for free!
  • Enjoy using the facilities at BCMB’s lovely new home; you may keep your client notes here.
  • If a client wishes to see you for 1-1 appointments elsewhere, that is absolutely fine. And charge whatever your normal hourly rate is.

When?

  • Every Thursday, starting on 2nd July 2015
  • 3 blocks:
    Morning – 9.30; 10.45 and 12.00;
    Afternoon – 2.00; 3.15 and 4.30;
    Evening – 6.00; 7.15 and 8.30
  • If you wish to do more than 1 block, that is fine.

Money?

  • Clients will pay £20 per massage or a block booking of 5 for £90.
  • Graduates will get paid £10 per massage – the balance pays for use of the BCMB facilities and also generates a budget for supervision.
  • Graduates will be expected to send in an invoice at the end of each month and will be paid by bank transfer.
  • We ask for a minimum commitment of 3 months and a maximum commitment of 6 months.
  • We will ask you to take on a simple contract.

Supervision?

  • The last Thursday of the month will be a 2 hour supervision group with a member of the BCMB teaching team.
  • THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS!
  • AND…. Whilst you can’t count the massage appointments as CPD, the supervision sessions certainly can be counted.

Where are clients from?

  • BCMB’s current database of clients, from existing clinics, from contacts at events and through our student database.
  • Clients generated by our Outreach Officer, Sophie Fagan
  • We previously had a marketing drive of leaflet drops in the area.  This proved very successful.  We therefore ask all new graduates to continue supporting us by helping with further leaflet drops before they start.

I’m interested – what do I do?

Contact BCMB’s Manager, Sarah Worley on 0117 946 6371 or by email:  enquiries@bristolmassage.co.uk

Indicate which blocks you are interested in; also, if you could make it for any other times in the week and when that would be.  Please note that all graduates will need to have their own insurance.

Recruiting APP Tutor

As BCMB continues to evolve, we need to expand our staffing resources. Currently our Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology teaching is done by Tim Bartlett in Bristol and Karen Yarnell in Worcester. To accommodate our expanding range of courses, we need another APP tutor. Are you interested?

The Job

The APP Tutor Role in the Professional Training is a very important one.  It involves delivering the specialised theory sessions of the Holistic Massage Diploma course, over 6 days. Specifically:

W/e 4 (Sun):                          Muscle structure & function

W/e 5 (Fri):                           Cells, Skeletal system and Skin

W/e 6 (Fri/Sat):                    Nervous & Muscular systems

W/e 7 (Fri):                           Digestion, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Lymphatics

W/e 8 (Fri):                           Immune, Endocrine, Homeostasis, Massage Physiology

W/e 9 (Sun):                          Exam Preparation

Note: W/e 6 is the residential, at Poulstone Court near Hereford.

There are 3 Holistic Massage programmes a year, 2 in Bristol and 1 in Worcester. The precise requirement for our new tutor will be negotiated with the whole team.

The role can require 1-1 support or catch up sessions with individual students.

Note: this is a lead tutor role, which will involve being accredited by the Massage Training Institute. The successful applicant will therefore be eligible to teach at other MTI training centres.

Induction

The successful applicant will work alongside and be mentored by Tim Bartlett for at least one and perhaps 2 rounds of the Holistic Massage training. The details will be negotiated with the individual concerned.

This will entail:

  • Attending planning sessions with Tim;
  • Attending all the APP sessions, as listed above;
  • Helping to deliver some of the material;
  • Working with individual students as required;
  • Passing the MTI new tutor accreditation process.

Entry Requirements

The MTI criteria are as follows:

  1. Hold a Level 4 massage qualification recognised by the CNHC.
  1. Have 3 years’ experience in applied AP&P, eg in massage or other complementary therapy, medicine, nursing or fitness instruction.
  1. Have 3 years’ teaching experience. This can be in any field. Acting as an assistant teacher on massage trainings can be taken into account as long as it includes some supervised teaching.
  1. Have a recognised teaching qualification. The minimum required level is either a Certificate in Education and Training (CET) or equivalent.
  1. Provide evidence of knowledge of AP&P above that required by the students. This would be:
  • Training which has an AP&P component of greater depth than the MTI syllabus in at least some areas, eg sports massage, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, medicine, nursing or fitness instruction

and/or

    • Portfolio evidence of further AP&P study, eg CPD courses or research projects.

In addition, BCMB would prefer the successful applicant:

      • To have completed the BCMB professional training.
      • To have or be developing an independent professional practice.
      • To have been qualified for at least a year.
      • To be in on-going professional supervision.

Note: the successful applicant can study for the teaching qualification during the induction period, so some criteria can be satisfied in parallel.

Terms and Conditions

Staff are hired on a self employed basis. The rate of pay depends on the size of the group and in recent years all Holistic Massage courses have filled. As a not for profit company BCMB acts as a cooperative, so staff fees are negotiated and agreed at the start of each course.

Currently the rate for an APP lead tutor is £275 per teaching day.

The 1-1 sessions are paid for by the students themselves. Current rate is £30 per hour.

What to do Next

If you might be interested, please get in touch with us at:

enquiries@bristolmassage.co.uk

Please indicate:

      • what interests you about the work.
      • what qualities you would bring to the role.
      • background information including how you will meet the entry criteria.
      • how you would see the work fitting in to your future development.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 11th June 2015 with interviews taking place on Thursday 2nd July. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

With best wishes

Andy Fagg

BCMB Director

Volunteers Wanted

North Somerset Fibromyalgia Support Group is holding its annual pamper day on Wednesday 24th June 2015 from 10:00am to 1:30pm and badly needs a few people with massage skills to give members a 20 minute taster massage. Could be hands, feet, head, neck and shoulders, whatever is felt appropriate in the time frame.

Fibromyagia is a condition similar to ME characteristices by varying degrees of severe pain and fatigue, so for those who can tolerate it a massage is a great treat for those aching muscles.

Taking place at Postishead Folk Hall, High Street, Postishhead.

Please contact Betty Farron on swfibro@yahoo.co.uk or 0844 877 2404 if you want to offer your services.

http://www.nsomfibromyalgia.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/

Graduate Clinic – April to June

We’re now recruiting for the next phase of our Graduate Clinic which will be running from April to the end of June.

What is it?

  • Regular clinic sessions for graduates of BCMB Diploma courses (Holistic or Remedial & Sports) held in:  The Blue Room at BCMB, Lower Ground Floor, 109 Pembroke Road, Clifton, BS8 3EU.
  • Three appointments per session
  • Clinics will be multi-bed i.e. 4 tables in the room, with privacy screens

Why?

  • Gain more experience.
  • Build up your client base.
  • Supervision included for free!
  • Enjoy using the facilities at BCMB’s lovely new home; you may keep your client notes here.
  • If a client wishes to see you for 1-1 appointments elsewhere, that is absolutely fine. And charge whatever your normal hourly rate is.

When?

  • Every Thursday, starting on 2nd April 2015
  • 3 sessions:
    Morning – 9.30; 10.45 and 12.00;
    Afternoon – 2.00; 3.15 and 4.30;
    Evening – 6.00; 7.15 and 8.30
  • If you wish to do more than 1 session, that is fine.

Money?

  • Clients will pay £20 per massage or a block booking of 5 for £90.
  • Graduates will get paid £10 per massage – the balance pays for use of the BCMB facilities and also generates a budget for supervision.
  • Graduates will be expected to send in an invoice at the end of each month and will be paid by bank transfer.
  • We ask for a minimum commitment of 3 months and a maximum commitment of 6 months.
  • We will ask you to take on a simple contract.

Supervision?

  • The last Thursday of the month will be a 2 hour supervision group with a member of the BCMB teaching team.
  • THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS!
  • AND…. Whilst you can’t count the massage appointments as CPD, the supervision sessions certainly can be counted.

Where are clients from?

  • BCMB’s current database of clients, from existing clinics, from contacts at events and through our student database.
  • Clients generated by our Outreach Officer, Sophie Fagan
  • We previously had a marketing drive of leaflet drops in the area.  This proved very successful.  We therefore ask all new graduates to continue supporting us by helping with further leaflet drops before they start.

I’m interested – what do I do?

Contact BCMB’s Manager, Sarah Worley on 0117 946 6371 or by email:  enquiries@bristolmassage.co.uk

Indicate which Thursday sessions you are interested in; also, if you could make it for any other times in the week and when that would be.  Please note that all graduates will need to have their own insurance.

Recruitment – New Assistant, Bristol

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Are you interested in massage teaching with the BCMB?

The staff team at BCMB continues to evolve! In September 2015, there will be vacancy for a new assistant tutor, to join me, Sarah McLellan and Sophie Fagan. Sarah Hoare will be working with Jacquie Kelly, Gill Ayshford and Jeremy Dymond on the course that started in February 2015.

We are recruiting now to give the new person time for induction and experience on the course currently in progress and the Introductory Workshops.

Would you like to get involved?

The Job

The Assistant Role in the Professional Training is a very important one. This includes experiencing again the course itself; supporting students; receiving lots of massage (!), mentoring and other support; and opportunities for future development. At BCMB we have a staff development process – this represents the first stage.

The role involves attending all the course weekends, including the residential one at Poulstone near Hereford.  There may also be a need to attend some of the Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology days on Friday. Hence the commitment being asked is for around 25 days between September 2015 and July 2016.  There is also a time commitment between course weekends in terms of planning and review meetings plus, when required, 1-1 support or catch-up sessions with students.  The catch-up sessions are paid for by the student, as specified in the Learning Contract.

Specifically, the role includes the following:

  • Attending planning meetings.
  • Before each course weekend, liaising with the team; this includes preparation and mentoring on specific inputs the Assistant will make.
  • During the weekend, one-to one support of students whilst they are practising techniques at the massage table.
  • Sharing personal and professional experience during group processes.
  • Some demonstration of techniques (this is small to begin with but more opportunities are created as the Assistant gathers confidence and experience).
  • Feedback to students on their folders of work.
  • Helping to clear up after breaks and at lunch times – and encouraging students to get involved!
  • Attending de-briefing meetings at the end of each course weekend.
  • Attending review weekends at the end of a training.
  • Sitting in on Introductory Workshops with more experienced staff

The positions are paid at a rate that varies depending on the size of the group. As a not for profit company BCMB acts as a cooperative, so staff fees are negotiated and agreed at the start of each course. Recently, new assistants received £80 per day in their first year rising to £90/£100 in their second. This includes mentoring and support from the course leaders.

Entry Criteria

The following list is desirable but not all necessarily mandatory. We would much prefer to get the right person – man or woman – rather than tick all the boxes. So the desirable criteria are:

  • To have completed the BCMB professional training.
  • Some Advanced Training experience through BCMB’s CPD programme or elsewhere.
  • To have or be developing an independent professional practice.
  • To have been qualified for at least a year.
  • To be in on-going professional supervision (or to be willing to enter supervision once engaged as a teaching assistant).
  • Some experience of working with groups including teaching.

Future Developments

As stated above this is the first stage on the BCMB staff development programme. This can lead ultimately to becoming a full MTI tutor.  The speed of this process can vary but MTI criteria specifies that it must include at least 3 years teaching experience.

What to do Next

If you might be interested, please get in touch with us at:

enquiries@bristolmassage.co.uk

Please indicate:

  • What interests you about the work.
  • What qualities you would bring to the role.
  • Background information including how you meet the entry criteria.
  • How you would see the work fitting in to your future development.

The closing date for applications isTuesday 7th April 2015 with interviews taking place on Tuesday 21st April.

I look forward to hearing from you.

With Best Wishes

Andy Fagg

BCMB Director

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