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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. It has been shaped by young people, for young people. It offers free, state of the art sound, film, design, art and broadcasting facilities, alongside performance, dance, boxing, fashion, styling and chill areas. Spotlight is partnered with organisations like the National Theatre, University of the Arts London, Barbican, IMD Legion, Poplar Boys & Girls Club, Whitechapel Gallery, The Tower Project, CM Sounds and the BFI.
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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 and Twitter), 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 BFI, Hackney Laces of the Barbican (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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Test Programme

Download our test programme here for a scintillating start to 2014.

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Membership

Online membership is coming. But for now, you'll need to apply by filling in this membership form. We'll also need your parent’s/guardian’s consent.

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Taking Part

Young people have been at the heart of Spotlight from the very beginning. The Spotlight Youth Committee guides everything we do – from the programme to marketing and more. New members are always welcome, so if you’re passionate about Spotlight and can help make it even more amazing, get in touch with:

hussina@wearespotlight.com

Opening Times

We’re open from 9am – 9pm on Mondays, and 9am – 9pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 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.

 

Dave Pilkington
Strategic Development Manager

Dave really fancies himself as a Rock Star, but blames the lack of a ‘Spotlight’ being around when he was young for missing out on fame and fortune (others would say it was his voice and playing ability!).

Blossom Young
Strategic Development Manager

When not running Spotlight’s engine room, Blossom loves all things outdoors. She’s driven, likes a challenge and is passionate about young people taking the lead.

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.

Izzi Rutherford
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Queen of all things related to Volunteering at Spotlight, Izzi is otherwise best known for being clumsy, almost missing boats and having a very, very loud laugh which she uses frequently.

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!!

Hanneke Uvieghara
Youth Worker in Charge

Pixie Queen complete with joy, passion, medicine and sparkle and a sprinkle of wisdom and mischief. Suitable for all ages especially young people. Wand optional.

Hussina Raja
Youth Worker

I love to laugh. Always seeking new surprising discoveries through others.

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

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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Our long list of wonderful activities, events and fantastic things to do starts in January 2014 as we prep for the Spotlight grand opening in the spring. We’ve got loads planned, and if you want to get involved or need some more information then send us an email hello@wearespotlight.com or give us a call (020 30 111 333).

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