Volunteer with Us


Can you spare a little of your time to join Independent Arts' strong team of volunteers who regularly support our work? Below are the current volunteering opportunities on offer. Training is given, and DBS check provided.

To find out more about any of these volunteering opportunities or to register your interest, please

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Time & Tide: Peer Facilitator Volunteer

Time & Tide positively celebrates The Isle of Wight’s ageing community, and the Island’s natural and cultural heritage.

Through partnership with Age UK, Southern Housing Group, local museums and galleries, Time & Tide will offer older people an exciting island-wide programme including creative workshops, museum visits, pop-up exhibitions and touring collections to inspire and engage older people.

Older people are at the heart of the decision making, and Independent Arts would like to hear their ideas to ensure we facilitate an exciting programme of participatory workshops covering a range of art forms.

During our developmental phase we aim to gather the views of older people through Age Friendly Island Forums, consultation coffee mornings and focus group meetings.

Independent Arts are recruiting volunteer Peer Facilitators to assist with developing the Time & Tide project, by assisting at these sessions. Sessions will take place across the island and will last approximately 1-2 hours each.

We would especially welcome volunteer applications for those aged 50+

Volunteers will play an essential role at forums and coffee mornings. They provide some of the social interaction with participants, helping strike up conversations, making participants feel comfortable in what may be unfamiliar surroundings. Volunteer facilitators will help us to engage with, and listen to the voices of older people. They will capture the views, ideas and opinions which will help us to shape the project accordingly.

Person Specification:

We are looking for people who:

  • Have a friendly and approachable manner
  • Have the ability to listen to others
  • Have the ability to facilitate conversation from a neutral point of view, leaving personal views aside
  • Want to make a difference in their community
  • Can be flexible in their approach to tasks
  • Can work as a team and report their findings to Independent Arts

All volunteers will be subject to a DBS check


Creative Futures Volunteers required

Could you spare an hour per week? Creative Futures is a volunteer-led project to improve the quality of life for elderly residents in care homes. Led by creative mentors, volunteers will deliver therapeutic arts-based sessions on a one-to-one basis to residents in care homes. Creative Futures offers stimulating and engaging sessions across a wide range of activities which are tailor-made to the individual clients' needs, improving health and wellbeing for older socially isolated people.

For more information on Creative Futures, click here.


SingAbout Volunteers required

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with our SingAbout groups (singing for wellbeing for older people) across the Isle of Wight.

Our volunteers support the group leader by helping set up rooms for the groups, making teas and coffees, and helping tidy up at the end. Volunteers should be friendly and outgoing, be able to chat with participants and encourage them to join in with the singing activities. Musical experience is not necessary, but an interest in music and singing would be helpful.


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Young Volunteers

Independent Arts offers volunteering opportunities to young people aged 14 or over. It's a great way to learn new skills and build confidence.

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