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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.

Spotlight Sounds Label Launch
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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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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!!

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

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.

Kate Prasolek
Front of House

Always young at heart, crafter from the bones. Gamer, cats lover and passionate about cooking/baking.

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.

 

Treaser Jassal
Youth Engagement Worker

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

Emma Chapman
Creative Arts Youth Work Coordinator

Northern, Knitter, Arts Mad, Football Crazy. Always looking for new jokes & tunes. I believe in the power of the arts to transform lives & have worked in Theatres and Community Organisations all across London

 

 

Garfield Fletcher
Technician/Supervisior

Born Garfield aka Cat.

I produce music daily, it’s what I breathe.  House music is home and studio is my key.

Let’s start with hello and hopefully never say goodbye.

Live. Laugh. Love. Life.

Kim Nguyen
Project Worker

A loveable dork who finds everyone’s journey in life fascinating and loves to hear what makes you tick. One of the principles I live by: Be creative, remain curious and always be ready to learn!

Taku Munonyara
Technician/Supervisor
A Rapper,Producer,Technician.
lover of beats & lyrics and a master-chef wannabe!
Driven by a purpose to facilitate and inspire young people to shine.
Steven Eniraiyetan
Youth Worker

I love people that love to create creatively!
Yes I smile a lot!

Fussilat Ibrahim
Venue Administrator

My day doesn’t start without a Cup… OK, two Cups of tea!!! I’m a laid back, Design- loving, ambitious, up for most things kind of gal! I think everyone has a creative hidden talent, Explore it if you dare, or just surround yourself with loads of interesting people… You just might learn a trick or two.

 

Thom Palser
Volunteering Coordinator

Thom previously worked as an Events Producer and volunteered at Spotlight to produce the radio programme. He has since joined us full time as the Volunteering Coordinator.

Lindsay Griffin
Youth Worker

Youth Worker by day, Heavy Metal DJ by night.

Volunteers

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!

Afua
Communications Volunteer

Intrigued about entrepreneurship, loves creative writing and children

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.

 

Shorifa
Front of House Volunteer

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

– Aristotle

 

 

Sara
Front of House Volunteer

I am a former teacher and all about contributing to a better tomorrow! I think the generosity to volunteer is also an opportunity for me to teach what I need to learn. Can you ever learn enough?

Idris
Music & Youth Support Volunteer

I started volunteering for my university course and it’s been an amazing experience. It’s fun volunteering at Spotlight and I would advise everyone to come to volunteer because you’ will have a fantastic time and create good achievements for your cv.

 

 

Aliya
Youth Support & Front of House Volunteer

I am a life coach, motivational speaker and workshop leader. I love helping the youth accomplish their dreams. My aim is to inspire others to live their full potential. Life is not about how hard you hit, its about how hard you can get hit and keep going.

 

 

Mebz
Youth Support Volunteer

I still owe library books which I have no intention returning

Imran
Youth Support Volunteer

Be loyal, real, and respect, stay ahead of the rest.

Salima
Youth Support Volunteer

Always be yourself and do what makes you happy!

Seema
Youth Support Volunteer

“Imagination is everything, it is the preview of life’s coming attraction.” – Albert Einstein

Julie
Youth Support Volunteer

“You don’t really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother”

Albert Einstein

Aaraa
Youth Support Volunteer

‘Inspiration, passion & all things positive all good things, but life is nothing without music.’

Shana
Youth Support Volunteer

I’m Shana, a busy bee and love to keep active! Drama has always been a passion of mine! Love meeting new people and working alongside YP to help find their passion! ✌

Federico
Music Volunteer

A singer songwriter/guitarist and audio producer expressing life through sounds and music.
I believe we are all students and teachers in life, regardless of age, beliefs or any other differences. I’m a very enthusiastic person who wants to see a better world and always tries to build good relationships with the people around me.

Atarah
Youth Support Volunteer
Nasra
Youth Support & Front of House Volunteer

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. -Malcolm X “

Halima
Youth Support Volunteer

“Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R Tolkien

Kevin
Music Volunteer

“I’m not young enough to know everything” – J.M. Barrie

Alexis
Youth Support Volunteer

Student from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. I love books, fitness, and a good cup of espresso. I am incredibly excited to be working and serving with Spotlight this summer!

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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What's On

Summer Holidays

25th July - 26th August 2016

Sessions & Activities

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Week 1: 25th - 29th July

Film Shoot
by The Barbican
MON-FRI
12-4PM 11-19s
Want to be a director or actor? Learn how to shoot and edit a film & have it screened at the barbican, London's world class creative arts venue. This project was funded by Into Film.
You Can't Handle the Booth
by Ruff Sqwad
WED
2-7PM 11-19s
Work with Ruff Sqwads Slix & Rapid to produce beats and lay down bars in the Studio. Work towards a Mixtape & live performances.
Spotlight Sessions
by Spotlight
THU
5-7PM 11-19s
Spotlights very own team of audio wizards will transform the sound in your head into music to nourish your soul. Bring the noise! Email treaser@wearespotlight.com for studio sessions.
Style Setters
by Laiba Khan
THU
12-4PM 11-19s
Do you have an avid passion for fashion? Do you want to make your very own unique and stylish tote bag? Come and join Style Setters to learn how.

Week 2: 1st - 5th August

Lets Be Heard
by S+K Project
MON-FRI
12-4PM 11-19s
Our goal is to create a short play through devised and improvised sessions. We will discuss topics and themes that young people face daily to generate the material for our production.
Spotlight Sessions
by Spotlight
THU
5-7PM 11-19s
Spotlights very own team of audio wizards will transform the sound in your head into music to nourish your soul. Bring the noise! Email treaser@wearespotlight.com for studio sessions.
Community Song
by Community Albums
TUE-FRI
12-4PM 11-19s
Led by MOBO Award winning Producer, Rob May, the team are looking forward to working with all ability levels to produce something amazing together!
You Can't Handle the Booth
by Ruff Sqwad
WED
2-7PM 11-19s
Work with Ruff Sqwads Slix & Rapid to produce beats and lay down bars in the Studio. Work towards a Mixtape & live performances.
Spotlight Film Academy
by Spotlight
THU
2-4PM 11-19s
Come and learn about making films, music videos and documentaries. Film what's going on at Spotlight and have your work put on the website.

Week 3: 8th - 12th August

Spotlight Olympics
by Access Sport & Spotlight
MON-FRI
12-4PM 11-19s
Take part in some Olympic themed fun this week with sessions from Access Sport taking place in Langdon Park. BMX Track open all week!
B Active Girls
by Active Communities
MON-WED
12-2PM 11-19s
Sign up to take part in an active 3 weeks just for girls - first three sessions this week are Conditioning Training, Football & Swimming! Contact Hello@wearespotlight.com to sign up - places are limited!
Lets Be Heard
by S+K Project
MON-FRI
12-4PM 11-19s
Our goal is to create a short play through devised and improvised sessions. We will discuss topics and themes that young people face daily to generate the material for our production.
You Can't Handle the Booth
by Ruff Sqwad
WED
2-7PM 11-19s
Work with Ruff Sqwads Slix & Rapid to produce beats and lay down bars in the Studio. Work towards a Mixtape & live performances.
Spotlight Film Academy
by Spotlight
THU
2-4PM 11-19s
Come and learn about making films, music videos and documentaries. Film what's going on at Spotlight and have your work put on the website.
Spotlight Sessions
by Spotlight
THU
5-7PM 11-19s
Spotlights very own team of audio wizards will transform the sound in your head into music to nourish your soul. Bring the noise! Email treaser@wearespotlight.com for studio sessions.
Backing Vocals with The Faithettes
by XLP
FRI
2-4PM 11-19s
Learn how to sing professional Backing Vocals with Paloma Faiths Backing singer, The Faithettes!

Week 4: 15th - 19th August

U-Paint Spotlight
by Bow Arts & Blippar
MON-FRI
12-4PM 11-19s
Come and work with artists from Bow Arts to redesign the Games Room Wall using the interactive Blippar App and Hands on Art Techniques.
B Active Girls
by Active Communities
MON-WED
12-2PM 11-19s
Contact hello@wearespotlight.com to sign up - places are limited!
My Mind, My Lens
by Young Minds
WED-THU
12-4PM 11-19s
A 2 day project that will develop your photography skills so that you can show others the people, places and things that help you look after your mind and wellbeing.
You Can't Handle the Booth
by Ruff Sqwad
WED
2-7PM 11-19s
Work with Ruff Sqwads Slix & Rapid to produce beats and lay down bars in the Studio. Work towards a Mixtape & live performances.
Spotlight Sessions
by Spotlight
THU
5-7PM 11-19s
Spotlights very own team of audio wizards will transform the sound in your head into music to nourish your soul. Bring the noise! Email treaser@wearespotlight.com for studio sessions.
Into Film Summer School
by London Film School & Into Film
THU-FRI
12-5PM 14-16s
Love films and want to make them? Join us for this seven-day workshop where you will work through all stages of film making, from script to screen, to make your own film. No experience necessary!

Week 5: 22nd - 26th August

Mark your Grime
by Ruff Sqwad & Young Minds
MON-THU
12-4PM 11-19s
A 4 day music project where you will work with grime artists to write and record brand new tracks, talking about how young people in Tower Hamlets can take care of their mind and wellbeing.
Into Film Summer School
by London Film School & Into Film
MON-FRI
12-5PM 11-19s
Love films and want to make them? Join us for this seven-day workshop where you will work through all stages of film making, from script to screen, to make your own film. No experience necessary!
B Active Girls
by Active Communities
MON-WED
12-2PM 11-19s
Contact hello@wearespotlight.com to sign up - places are limited!
XLP Actors Workshop
by XLP
MON-FRI
12-5PM 11-19s
Work with XLP and their Creative Partners to produce a short piece for the end of summer celebration event. Learn Acting techniques and get tips about the industry.
XLP Modelling Workshop
by XLP
MON-FRI
12-5PM 14-19s
For all those who have ever been interested in the Modelling Industry. Take part in workshops around portfoilio building, how to stay safe & developing a career in the industry. 14- 19 year olds only.

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Breakfast Club
by Spotlight
MON-FRI
10-11.30AM 11-19s
Every morning during the Summer Holidays the Spotlight team will be providing breakfast and games to start your day off right!
Summer in the City
by Spotlight
MON-FRI
5-7PM 11-19s
Come and join us every night from 5-7 to experience the best of summer in London. There will be BBQs, Open Mics, Showcases, competitions and much more! Stay around to stay involved!
Games Room
by Spotlight
MON-FRI
From 12PM 11-19s
Everyday from 12 o'clock the Games Room is open for you to play Playstation, pool, Air Hockey, games or just chill.
Behind the Mask Film Launch
by LiC
TUE 25TH JUL
5-7PM 11-19s
Leaders in Community are proud to announce the launch of our new film, "Behind The Mask". This film, made by young people for young people, aims to raise awareness on issues that affect young peoples' wellbeing
BMX Open Session
by Access Spot
WED
2-3.30PM 11-19s
Coming Soon: Your very own BMX Track in Langdon Park. Get up to scratch with BMX Skills, learn how to ride and do tricks! All equipment including Bikes provided!
Boxing Showcase
by Limehouse Academy & Spotlight
WED 3rd AUG
5-7PM 11-19s
Come upstairs to our custom built boxing ring to see some rising stars in action. With live DJs and great skills, enjoy a night of boxing showcases.
Football
by Celtic FC
WED & FRI
2-4PM 11-19s
Take part in Football training & matches delivered by professional coaches from Celtic FC.
Boxing
by Limehouse Boxing Academy
WED & FRI
4.30-6.30PM 11-19s
Boxing is a great way to reduce stress, gain strength and core stability. All abilities welcome.
#OwningIt BMX (Girls Only)
by Access Sport
FRI
2-3.30PM 11-19s
Learn to ride BMX Bikes ready for when a Track goes up in summer. This Girls only session will give you all the skills & confidence you need! All equipment including bikes provided.
Intro to Media & Communications
by LiC
WED 27 JUL, MON 22 & THU 25 AUG
5-7PM 11-19s
A series of Media and Communications workshops that will give young people an insight into the world of Media.
Green Leaders
by Canals & Rivers Trust
27th JUL - 26th AUG
Various 14-25's
Take part in an innovative environmental programme along London’s waterways. We’ll be heading away for a residential and developing our green skills during local sessions. Sign up at Hello@wearespotlight.com
Spotlight Sounds
by Spotlight
THU
2-5PM 11-19s
Spotlight Sounds, our very own in-house record label, will be working alongside the most talented and dedicated young musicians as they record and market their music for mainstream release.