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Volunteers

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.

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Current volunteering opportunities

 

Creative Café Volunteer

The Creative Café is a regular group for older people providing a different and exciting creative activity along with an opportunity to socialise, and learn something new every week.

The aim of the Creative Café is to improve health and wellbeing by facilitating access to highly creative activities including iPads, digital photography, music, visual art and craft. It provides a supportive and welcoming environment for older people, who can come together every week, make new friends and express themselves through creative activity.

Volunteers play an essential role at Creative Café. They provide some of the social interaction with participants, helping strike up conversations, making participants feel comfortable in what may be unfamiliar surroundings. Volunteers are expected to assist with housekeeping tasks such as setting up the room with chairs ready for the sessions, making and serving tea and packing away at the end. Volunteers are encouraged to join in with the activity and offer assistance to participants who may require it, in an unobtrusive way.

Person Specification:

We are looking for people who:

  • Have a friendly and approachable manner
  • Enjoy and are skilled in social interaction
  • Can work effectively in a team
  • Enjoy arts based activities
  • Want to make a difference in their community
  • Are able to work confidentially using professional discretion and recognise boundaries
  • Can be flexible in their approach to tasks

All volunteers will be subject to a DBS check.

 

Time & Tide: Project Support 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 offers older people an exciting island-wide programme including creative workshops, museum visits, pop-up exhibitions and touring collections to inspire and engage older people.

Independent Arts are recruiting Project Support Volunteers to assist at these sessions. Sessions take place across the island and last approximately two hours each.

We would especially welcome volunteer applications from those aged 50+

Volunteers will play an essential role at sessions. They provide some of the social interaction with participants, helping strike up conversations, making participants feel comfortable in what may be unfamiliar surroundings. Volunteers will encourage participants to join in with activities in sessions. Volunteer facilitators will help us to engage with, and listen to the voices of older people.

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
  • Interest in heritage, the arts and creativity
  • 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

 

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.

SingAbout

Creative Café

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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IA Volunteers

Creative Café Get Going With iPads

SingAbout tea-break

Creative Café photography

Creative Futures

“When I first started volunteering I was very shy and nervous and kept to myself. As the weeks passed my confidence has grown so much. I have gained a lot of communication skills from being involved with this project, which I really wanted to improve.”

Jodie, Young Volunteer