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MYTV | A film made by young people about Spotlight over Summer 2014.

Spotlight isn’t a youth club or a youth centre: it’s a multi-million pound creative youth space designed to inspire. Shaped by young people, for young people and its all free! It has state of the art studios, film, design and broadcast facilities with performance, dance, boxing, fashion spaces with a cafe, offices and meeting/one to one rooms.

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Become a volunteer

Volunteering at Spotlight is about more than just helping. It’s about learning new skills, connecting with our young people and community and exploring our state of the art and amazing building. Without a dynamic and enthusiastic team of volunteers Spotlight will not be able to achieve its aim of inspiring successful futures for young people. By volunteering with us you will empower young people and build and develop your own relationships with our incredible partners. We champion the creative arts but we’re interested in all of your life skills and experiences. As long as you’re open to inspire and discover new things we’ll have plenty for you to try out, and we’ll support and work with you to make the most out of Spotlight for everyone.

We offer volunteering opportunities all year round and have loads of chances to get involved. Time commitment will vary depending on the roles let us know what you can do and we can find something that suits you.

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Front of House Volunteers

Whether you’re a young person or a parent, this is an ideal role for anybody with a smile who is open to inspire. Your role is crucial as you will be the first face people see and we want everyone who comes through the door to be given a big Spotlight hello. We also need help with all the jobs that will make Spotlight run like it should whether that be answering emails, data entry, filling in attendance sheets or answering the phone when it rings! Monday-Friday shifts available between 10am-2pm, 4pm-6pm, 6pm-9pm

Dance Workshop Volunteer

As a Dance Workshop Volunteer you will assist in the smooth running of one of our dance activities. You will volunteer closely alongside a group of young people in a designated activity, providing support to the facilitator with set up and take down. This role is ideal for volunteers with dance experience, plenty of energy, enthusiasm and a positive can-do attitude to engage with young people. Dance Club every Tuesday 5pm – 6.30pm Street Dance every Tuesday 6.30pm – 8pm Bollywood every Wednesday from September: 5pm – 6pm

Youth Support Volunteer

We are looking for self-motivated, energetic and enthusiastic individuals eager to volunteer with young people between the ages of 11 - 19. As a Youth Support Volunteer you will assist the Youth Work team in providing inspiring opportunities for young people in Spotlight. With excellent listening skills and the ability to empathise you will build relationships of respect and trust and help to maintain and a fun, welcoming, caring and safe environment for Spotlight young people. We have opportunities available throughout the week but are especially keen for volunteers on Friday evenings between 4-9 pm.

Music Production Support Volunteer

Volunteers in this role will provide technical support to our programmed music activities and additional support for music events and performances. You will volunteer directly with young people, providing encouragement and support in their engagement with music. A passion for music is a must and some technical ability is desirable. Opportunities available at least once per week to support our music programme with extra volunteering to support one-off events.

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Programme

Download our current Programme of activities, opportunities and events here.

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Opening Times

We’re open from 9am – 9pm Mondays to Fridays. Take a look at the programme to see when things are on, or just drop in and see us.

Poplar HARCA has led and funded a third of the project, partnered by Langdon Park School, The Tower Project, Poplar Boys & Girls Club and Tower Hamlets Council. If it wasn’t for their support and the backing of our funders; the Department for Education (the Big Lottery/myplace programme), the Mayor of London, East End Community Foundation, Land Aid, Tesco Charitable Foundation, Canary Wharf Group, British Land Company, the Tower Project and the Tower Hamlets Youth Opportunity Fund, none of this would be possible.

Programme Partners

Spotlight wouldn’t be here without the £7.5million it’s taken to build it. We owe a massive thank you to all those who have given us the money to build it – from the multi-million pound grants for the construction, the tens of thousands given to get the best kit right through to those who provided a few pounds of sponsorship when we were running round the local park or abseiling off tall buildings to raise money. Without this, we wouldn’t be able to open our doors and deliver the most inspiring opportunities possible for young people. Your contribution has made Spotlight – thank you.

 

Team

Ollie Thomas
Technician

A self-confessed musical mad scientist, Ollie spent his early twenties touring the world. He soon grew tired of the jet lag and returned to London to set up a recording studio.

Khadija Begum
Youth Worker in Charge

Live, Life, Smile – Everyday is a new beginning….I am someone who is always looking to expand my horizons from exploring different types food or meeting people from different walks of life….3 words to describe me: Fun, Sociable & Ambitious!!

Rosanne Neave
Youth Worker

Not your usual packet of cornflakes!

Arnaud Mpeke
Youth Worker

I am Arnaud, a young student of life, in love with learning the deep lessons made available; lessons that bring light and life to the soul. So far my favourite life lesson has been grace and truth, which I endeavour to live by daily.

Helal Ahmed
Youth Services Manager

Competitive, professional, fun with all the world watching me

Rosie Whitney-Fish
Creative Director

Producing Spotlight’s programme, partnerships and artistic vision. Owner of a very big address book – art genii. www.rosiewhitneyfish.com

Terri Calbraith
Volunteering Co-ordinator

Tea swilling, biscuit munching, volunteering buff who believes that volunteering is as good for the mind as eating your greens is for the body.

Rio Roberts
Venue Administrator

A self proclaimed Bossy boots who loves organisation and chocolate! There’s a place for everything and I like everything in it’s place

Abi Kenyon
Facilities & Events Coordinator

A cycling, singing and cooking enthusiast who makes sure that everyone at Spotlight has everything they need so we can continue to make Spotlight shine!

Daniel Rose
Director

A background in youth & social work + overseeing local and national projects and programmes = wealth of experience! Drawn to the irresistible challenge of helping Spotlight become the leading creative youth space in London.

 

Nur Uddin Khan
Youth Work Front of House

Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon. Laughter is the best medicine, so Live, Laugh and Chase your Dreams.

Treaser Jassal
Youth Work Front of House

I have been told i laugh too much …. but what is life without laughter?

Volunteers

Imtiaz
Data Entry Volunteer

Probably the most zealous traveller you’ll ever meet. I’ve always believed that hard work always pays off in the end and if it doesn’t, then at least you gave it your all!

 

Saleema
Youth Work Volunteer

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Three ways to describe me Ambitious, Competitive, Bubbly. I believe best things comes to those who never give up.

Masruba
Communications Volunteer

Lover of words, cappuccino-sipper, Lana Del Rey admirer. Gladly donate brownie points to the witty and ‘glass half full’. Passionate about community investment, social change and voluntary work. Open to develop skills and gain new experiences.

 

Hodon
Youth Support Volunteer

Live every moment, laugh every day… I love being me… I’m also a loving & caring person, friendly, living life is my passion!

Sophie
Social Media & Communications Volunteer

Book, dog and breakfast food-lover and self-proclaimed geek. Excited to be helping out with all things digital at Spotlight. Would very much like to learn to box like a pro, if anyone’s offering…

Afua
Communications Volunteer

Intrigued about entrepreneurship, loves creative writing and children

Lucy
Youth Support Volunteer

A recent History of Art graduate, bookworm and culture vulture who appreciates life’s small pleasures. A great believer in the arts as a tool of communication and cohesion.

 

 

 

Nicola
Youth Support/ Music Production Volunteer

I dislike vinegar and automatic flushing toilets. I love music, film and art. Nothing makes me happier than being part of a big artistic project that aims to say something even bigger.

 

 

Billie-Jo
Youth Support Volunteer

Life isn’t about waiting for a storm to pass; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain… I love to live, learn, grow, and help others do the same.

 

Savgul
Youth Support Volunteer

I am a vintage inspired fashion designer who recreates trends from the past in to modern catwalk pieces and I have showcased my designs at the House of Ikons fashion show for the past 2 years. I volunteer with Spotlight as I would like to inspire future young designers and encourage them to use their inspiration to create their own fashion trends.

 

 

 

Kathryn
Youth Support/ Creative Volunteer

I love art, books, elephants and anything purple. For me, great art comes about by messing around with reality – and we should do this as much as we can! I love to learn new things, to make new things and to help others do the same.

 

 

Bronte
Front of House/ Youth Support Volunteer

I always try to stay positive and enjoy every second of life which is why you will always find me with a book, eating chocolate or singing. One of my favourite quotes that I try to live by is; ‘If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door’.

 

Jo
Volunteer Programme Assistant

A jack of all trades in the arts, from programming, marketing, producing, events planning and often a daily creator of alphabetised, colour coded, pretty databases. I have also been known to throw on a backpack, travel the world and jump out of a plane (Twice!) Next on my list – Paragliding

 

 

Korina
Youth Support Volunteer

Eek! What to say?! I love people, communicating, music and visual arts. I don’t mind a bit of hard work as I am fascinated by working with young people, focusing on the dream of a world where we are all treated as equals.

 

Thom
Youth Support Volunteer

Events Producer by day, volunteer Youth Worker by night. Thom grew up in Bow and went to school in Poplar. After time away at Herts Uni, he is now back living and working in the good old east end!

 

 

Shorifa
Front of House Volunteer

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

– Aristotle

 

 

Nadia
Social Media & Communications Volunteer

I am currently in the process of completing my A-levels. I enjoy reading, writing, socialising, instergramming (can we make that a verb!?) and watching too many TV shows. I love trying new things, especially food, and I run my own book reviewing blog online as a hobby.

 

 

The Big Idea

Inspiring Opportunity

Vision:

For Spotlight to be the leading creative youth destination in London, providing outstanding opportunities for discovery, growth and inspiration.
We rewrote the rules on how to build a youth space.
We wanted young people to care about their futures and understand that creativity isn’t limited only to the arts.
We’ve created a facility that young people can be passionate about and build a strong connection with; it’s a platform that can be used to gain life skills and experiences.
Spotlight is welcoming, empowering and aspirational, it’s a safe and enjoyable environment created specifically for young people.

Values:

Partnerships

We don’t exclude anyone; from engaging with young people and the local community to working with our volunteers and creative and support partners, we can attribute every success we’ve had to the collaborative effort of everybody involved.

Creative Thinking

We believe that there’s no set answer or way of doing things. We approach all situations with an open mind and with the aim of finding the solution that is best for all parties - not the easiest, quickest or cheapest.

High Standards

We have set out to offer the highest quality facilities, programmes, hospitality and environment possible. From our staff and volunteers to our partners, we’ve set the bar high and intend to ensure these expectations are met.

Personality:

Enthusiastic

Welcoming

Professional

Trustworthy

Fun

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