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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 contact us.
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.
Creative Futures follows on from our pilot project which ran in 2013. For more information on the pilot project, click here.
We are currently looking for volunteers to help with our SingAbout groups (singing for wellbeing for older people) across the Isle of Wight. Venues currently include Freshwater, Newport, Ryde and Ventnor, and we have new groups launching soon in East Cowes and Lake.
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.
We currently deliver Creative Café (creative activities for older people) at Newport Methodist Church hall every Monday morning from 10am. Each session lasts two hours but the volunteer would be required to attend for two and a half hours, to support in setting up and setting down the room.
Our volunteers also support us in making teas and coffees, and taking the register of attendees. They tend to join in with the activity, but this is not a necessity. The main thing is to be friendly and outgoing, chatting to participants as they arrive, introducing them to each other, and supporting their participation.