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Event and Workshop Support Volunteer (ad-hoc)- Houghton Regis

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ORGANIZATION: Spectrum Community Arts

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Spectrum Community Arts provides performing arts workshops for children and adults with disabilities; building self-esteem and self-expression.

ROLE SUMMARY:

The Event and Workshop Support Volunteer role is suited to those who are unable to commit regular hours and time to our weekly workshops and ad-hoc events and instead prefer to volunteer on an 'as and when’ basis to fit around your availability and commitments.

Support Volunteers will be notified of opportunities available when there is a need and requirement for this. The opportunities are varied and can include, but not limited to:

  • Assisting in a weekly workshop to cover volunteers who are sick or on leave
  • Supporting and assisting in the planning and organisation of events
  • Attending and assisting in ad-hoc/one off workshops/clubs
  • Attending and assisting at Fundraising events
  • Attending and assisting at participant performances/shows

In most cases Event and Workshop Support Volunteers will be assisting and supporting in areas which are participant, customer and public facing and will be expected to act professional, courteous and attentive toward them. You will perform a vital role ensuring our participants and the public attending events and workshops have an enjoyable and positive experience, maintaining and providing a high level of customer care and practical assistance.

Specifically in relation to assisting and supporting at events, you will be expected to get to know your surroundings as you will be a point of contact for the public, as well as being aware of issues such as medical emergencies and fire emergencies. You will also need to be able to relay important information to event personnel and management.

The support you can provide in this role can be so varied that no two days will be the same. No experience is necessary to undertake this role, however we ask all Volunteers to bring energy, positivity and the desire to participate wherever you are working.

WEEKLY WORKSHOPS:

On occasions we may call upon our Event and Workshop Support volunteers and request for support to attend and assist at one of our weekly workshops, which in most cases would be due to sickness or leave.

There is no expectation for Event and Workshop Support Volunteers to commit to attending workshops as this would largely be dependant on a number of factors including your time, availability and location at the time the support is needed.

Spectrum Community Arts currently has 7 different weekly workshops/clubs which run during term-time:

  • SPECTRUM BEATS - Mondays 17:30 - 18:30 - The Chiltern School, Houghton Regis - A session for 7-14-year-olds, which is all about nurturing social, emotional and cognitive development, while making music together
  • JUNIOR MOVERS - Tuesdays 18:00 - 19:00 - Vandyke Upper School, Leighton Buzzard - Dance club, building on routines each week as well as helping to develop self-esteem, teamwork and self-expression for 8-17-year-olds.
  • ADULT MOVERS - Tuesdays 19:00 - 20:00 - Vandyke Upper School, Leighton Buzzard - A fun dance club learning new routines and helping develop friendships, communication skills and confidence for over 18s.
  • MINI SENSORY MOVERS - Wednesdays - 17:00 - 18:00 - Astral Park Community Centre, Leighton Buzzard - A fun club using sensory props to explore music and movement, a place for 4-8-year-olds to be themselves!
  • SENSORY MOVERS - Wednesdays - 18:15 - 19:15 - Astral Park Community Centre, Leighton Buzzard - A sensory movement to music club for or 8-17-year-olds.
  • SENSORY PERFORMERS - Thursdays - 17:00 - 18:00 - Oxley Park Community Centre, Milton Keynes - A club for 7-17-year-olds using sensory props and activities to explore dance, drama and music
  • PERFORMING ARTS CLUB - Thursdays - 18:00 - 19:00 - Oxley Park Community Centre, Milton Keynes - A fun club that helps 7-14-year-olds to develop their self-esteem and self-expression through dance, drama and singing!
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Providing assistance to participants and customers at events and workshops
  • Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all participants and customers
  • Encouraging anxious or shy participants to get involved at events/workshops
  • Supporting participants on a 1:1 basis where necessary
  • Handing out and clearing away props for the routines/exercises
  • Assisting with the setting up and clearing away of events and workshops
  • Handing out leaflets, answering questions and giving information about Spectrum at events
  • Taking responsibility for reporting any incidents which could affect the safety of customers and staff at events
  • Assist in the planning, organisation and management of events and fundraising activities
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS YOU WILL NEED:
  • Organised and reliable
  • A professional, friendly and outgoing manner
  • Flexible can-do attitude with an approachable and enthusiastic manner
  • Interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Committed to our values
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable
  • Positively represent Spectrum and yourself by delivering a high standard of service at all times

Desirable, but not required:

  • Experience working with people with disabilities and additional needs
  • Experience in the performing arts
  • Experience working with children
  • First Aid training
  • Safeguarding training
  • Experience with communication aids such as sign language and PECS
  • Driving licence

BENEFITS:
  • Make a difference to the lives of others
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Develop confidence and self-esteem
  • Feel valued and be part of a team
  • Develop new skills, knowledge and experience
  • Build on existing experience and knowledge
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Enhance a curriculum vitae (cv)
  • Gain accreditation


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About Spectrum Community Arts

Location:

Unit 10, Leighton Industrial Park, Billington road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 4AJ, GB

Mission Statement

To provide performing arts workshops for people with disabilities and additional needs. Spectrum Aims: - to provide performing arts workshops for people with disabilities and additional needs - to use the performing arts to help develop self-esteem, self expression and build friendships - to give the participants a place they feel safe and a club to which they belong - to give the parents/carers an opportunity for a short period of respite

Description

Spectrum Community Arts is a registered 'Not for Profit’ organisation with charitable purposes. It was first set up in January 2017, launching in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. Spectrum now services three key area with in-person workshops in Leighton Buzzard and Houghton Regis in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire. In addition to our in-person workshops we offer Virtual workshops making our services even more accessible to those up and down the country.

Spectrum Community Arts was set up with its principle aim to enable participants to develop their self-esteem and self-expression in a safe, encouraging environment, through the provision of performing arts workshops.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
People with Disabilities
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Houghton RegisHoughton Regis, United Kingdom

(51.90386,-0.52473)
 

SKILLS

  • Dance
  • Theater Arts
  • People Skills
  • Storytelling
  • Acting
  • Coaching

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • This role is suited to those who are unable to commit regular hours/time to our weekly classes and ad-hoc events and prefer to volunteer on an 'as and when basis' to fit around your availability.

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