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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. It offers free, state of the art Sound, Film, Design and Broadcast facilities with Performance, Dance, Boxing, Fashion, Styling and Chill areas. Spotlight is partnered with organisations like the National Theatre, IMD Legion, CM Sounds, Candoco Dance Company, Rambert, East London Radio, Dulwich Picture Gallery to deliver world-class programmes.

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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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Communications Volunteers

We need the world to know how amazing the young people at Spotlight are. You can get involved in spreading that message by helping us with our Social Media channels (Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SpotlightCreativeCentre and Twitter https://twitter.com/weare_spotlight), promoting in local schools and coming up with ideas for how we tell the world about what we’re doing.

Creative Volunteers

Spotlight is a creative space with lots of inspiring provision in it. We need volunteers to assist our partners in delivering this to young people. You will work with teams from the National Theatre, CM Sounds & the Asian Dub Foundation, Hackney Laces, Barbican, Architecture Foundation, Floating Cinema (to name but a few) to make sure that everything is in place for the sessions to run smoothly and to assist them in working with our young people.

Youth Work Support Volunteers

Spotlight will be filled with young people and we will have our wonderful Youth Work team on site to make sure they are getting the most out of the space. Volunteers will also form part of that team to create a welcoming, professional and fun environment for our young community when they are with us.

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!

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Programme

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Become a member by filling in this membership form. We'll also need your parent’s/guardian’s signature too. So print it, fill it in, drop it in. Easy.......

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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.

 

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.

Miles Openshaw
Youth Worker in Charge

Fun, creative, friendly and supportive. Loves Bowie, Arsenal, travel and trainers.

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.

Salekh Miah
Front of House

Can adapt to any situation. I thrive in a fluctuating environment and I transform unexpected obstacles into stepping stones for achievement. Loves Man utd, Man utd and Man utd!​

Rio Roberts
Front of House

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!

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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New Autumn Programme 2014

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#spotlightsup

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Let Me Dream - Music Video

10.02.2014

Spotlight Cafe

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Spotlight Open House

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The Building

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Volunteer + Spotlight = Successful Futures

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Spotlight Technology

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