Why become a Volunteer?
Volunteering enables us to play an active role in society and to contribute to positive social change. Volunteering provides the opportunity to socialise with people from different social and cultural backgrounds which can help to break down social barriers and this interaction can also help individuals to make friends, learn new skills, advance their career, and even to feel happier and healthier.
Volunteers bring a richness and diversity to our Room for Art workshops. Each of our weekly creative group sessions are supported by a volunteer, their contribution is vital to the programme and we really value and appreciate the work they do. Helping out even with the smallest tasks within the workshop can make a real difference to the lives of others and to your own.
The Workshop Volunteer at Room for Art
The role of the workshop volunteer is primarily as support to the artist, to help them to deliver each visual art workshop and also to provide a empathetic, listening ear for our participants.
What we offer our volunteers
- guidance and support from Engagement Co-ordinator and the artist you work with.
- relevant training
- Opportunities to meet new people and see the impact that art can have on mental health and wellbeing
- An insight into facilitating art workshops and experience of supporting people
- Opportunities to learn art techniques by taking part.
- Enhancement of your CV and a written reference after a min of 3 months
- A PVG certificate of disclosure which is valid for 3 years.
What we look for in our volunteers
- Good communication skills and enjoyment in talking and listening to people
- A clear and friendly manner
- A passion for supporting people and an enthusiasm for the work of Art in Healthcare and ROOM FOR ART
- Reliability and good timekeeping
- Commitment to a weekly workshop for a minimum of 10 weeks
Room for Art volunteer’s responsibilities
- Helping with set up and tidy up:
- Moving tables and chairs
- Laying out and tidying away materials
- Making teas and coffees and washing up
- Chatting with participants
- joining in with activities to make your own art
- Assisting people with their artwork and finding art materials
- Keeping materials store tidy
- Taking a register and assisting with evaluation
- Attending training and sharing events with other volunteers and artists