Volunteers are an important part of the team at Accessible Arts & Media, supporting our activity sessions and helping with fundraising and events. You can find out about our different volunteering opportunities in this section of the site.
We love welcoming new volunteers. To have a chat with us and find out how you can get involved, you can email us at [email protected] or give us a call on 01904 626965.
Supporting Project Sessions
Our projects include: music, singing & signing, movement-based sessions, making film and radio programmes, accessible technology, cookery, crafts, visual arts and sensory activities.
Volunteering in activity sessions involves helping staff and artists to set up and run the session. This could include: setting up and packing down equipment; taking the register; 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 help lead music activities 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 paints they’d like to use, or encouraging them to join in. Supporting participants is also about joining in and having fun, and helping to create a friendly, supportive atmosphere.
Other Volunteering Opportunities
We also have opportunities for volunteers to help with discrete pieces of work, for example as administrative assistants, or 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 who'll help match you to the appropriate opportunity based on your 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 help you learn new skills and gain 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 projects can also help you to develop your own creative arts and multimedia skills whilst supporting participants.