Our amazing volunteers are a really important part of the AAM family.
We run a range of projects and this means that we can provide volunteering and training opportunities across a wide range of skill sets and interests. These include: music, singing & signing, movement-based sessions, making film and radio programmes, website development, accessible technology, cookery, crafts, visual arts and sensory activities.
Volunteering in activity sessions involves helping our staff and artists to set up and run the session. This could include: help with setting up and packing down equipment; taking the register and handing out newsletters and info sheets; handing out musical instruments, art materials etc. Session volunteering will be tailored to your interests as much as possible - for example, if you’re interested in music then you could get the chance to help lead parts of music sessions or if you like writing, you could help out with a creative writing session.
Volunteers also support participants during sessions where appropriate, helping them to engage in the activities as fully as possible. This might involve helping them to select a musical instrument or choose which craft materials and paints they’d like to use, or encouraging them to join in with an activity. Supporting participants is also about joining in and having fun, chatting and being social and helping create a friendly, supportive atmosphere. You can also help to observe sessions and feed into our monitoring and evaluation of projects.
Other Volunteering Opportunities
We also have opportunities for volunteers to help with discrete pieces of work, for example as administrative assistants, or by supporting our fundraising. The tasks for these opportunities vary according to the role. Recent examples include researching fundraising opportunities with local companies, helping to organise a fundraising event and admin support for our monitoring and evaluation work.
Our Commitment to Volunteers
We have a volunteer coordinator at AAM who helps match our volunteers to the appropriate project based on their interests, skills and available time.
The biggest requirement we ask of volunteers is that you’re friendly, supportive and willing to try things out and to develop your skills. In return, we provide training to support you in learning new skills and gaining confidence. And volunteering with us can provide a supported pathway into/back into work or education. Our training includes: workshop leader training; opportunities to shadow community artists; the chance to learn how to sign and adopt a Total Communication approach; and our multimedia projects also help volunteers to develop their own creative arts and multimedia skills whilst supporting participants.