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Spotlight is a creative youth service designed to inspire. Shaped by young people, for young people and its all free!

Spotlight 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.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS!
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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
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
Youth Support Manager

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
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
Youth Services Manager

Competitive, professional, fun with all the world watching me

Terri
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
Front of House

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

Abi
Spotlight Operations Manager

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
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
Youth Engagement Worker

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

Emma
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
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
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
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
Youth Worker

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

Fussilat
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
Youth 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 Youth Volunteering Coordinator.

Lindsay
Youth Worker

Youth Worker by day, Heavy Metal DJ by night.

Hodon
Front of House Support & Youth Worker

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

Mebz
Youth Work Support

I still owe library books which I have no intention returning

Oliver
Administrator

I’m doing my best, I swear!

I’m a simple man: I like understanding, organizing and making use of information, and I like me some League of Legends. If you need something sorted – or you need a decent AD Carry – I’m your man.

Nahim
Youth Worker in Charge

Nahim is on a mission to empower and inspire young people through the art of story-telling. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Law, Youth and Community Leadership and has several years of experience working with young people from both; the private and public sector.

Riz
Youth Worker

When there is a job to be done they send me!!!

Empower!
Support!
Courage!

Nadyne
Youth Worker

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it

Richard
Youth Worker
Suzanne
Youth Worker in Charge

I adore animals and i’m obsessed with new creps. I love reading, artistic projects, gaming, having a good catch up and a nice meal with my friends, my cat, and i’m a total hip hop / rap lover for life.

Emmanuel
Outreach Coordinator
Yemi
Youth Worker

“Dont limit your challenges, Challenge your limits”

Aaron
Youth Worker
Dilwar
Youth Worker
Marjana
Youth Worker
Saiful
Youth Worker

In order for your life to be great, you must first learn to appreciate it.

Nichole
Youth Worker

Hi I’m Nichole, I’ve worked with young people for the last 10 years in various capacities. I believe in young people being offered the best support possible; to inform their decision making and positive progression in life. I am also a qualified Drama-therapist and aim to help, support and assist young people in any way I can.

Paul
Youth Worker
Ruhena
Youth Worker

“Be The Change You Want To Be, And Always Smile, Laugh and Live Life To The Fullest”

Sharmina
Youth Worker

I am a youth worker, who enjoys getting to know young people, learning about the new trends and what’s going on in young people’s lives. Always ready to listen and have chat besides exploring new ideas for activities and projects.

Sonia
Youth Worker
Tee
Youth Worker

I’m a recent graduate that’s into poetry, music and all things creative! I love encouraging people and helping them to become the best version of themselves.

Tolu
Youth Worker
Zubair
Youth Worker

Volunteers

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.

 

 

Halima
Youth Support Volunteer

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

Charlotte
Youth Support Volunteer

‘Start off doing something you love and the rest will fall into place.’

Tom
Youth Support Volunteer

Supporting the football coaching sessions with Celtic FC

Abeda
Youth Support

Life is short. You gotta keep smilin’ whilst you still have teeth 😀

Kalam
Youth Support Volunteer

Enjoy life and take each day as it comes.

Belvin
Youth Support & Film Academy

I like to see people flourish and become the best version of themselves. If I can help in any small way to achieve that goal then I’m a happy man

Oliver
Youth Support Volunteer
Plamena
Youth Support Worker

Plamena works as a Financial Management Technology consultant and is passionate about inspiring more girls to join the Science and Technology sectors. She has worked with A-level students for five years organising events and conferences, and was also a Red Cross volunteer for six years. She’s keen to help young people expand their horizons and outlook on their educational development and career paths.

Edward
Youth Support

A huge nerd that sometimes does strange things, such as dying my hair purple.

Baljit
Music Super Star Volunteer

Feminist. Striving for global equality. Lover of cats and all things botanical. A believer in arts as therapy.

Amandeep
Youth Support

Youth Volunteers

Neelima

I’m friendly, and I love communicating with people. In the future, I want to help out in the community!

Josh

I like beats and lyrics volunteering and to help out Spotlight. I like helping and being with young people!

Fahian

I like to be in a friendly environment and helping all of the community and Spotlight!

Shima

I like helping people with different backgrounds!

Ozzy

I love volunteering because I am friendly with others. Also, I love communicating with others and having responsibility. I love helping the other staff members!

Saarah

I love irritating the youth workers as well as doing something i love. It’s great meeting new friends and YOLO don’t forget!

Want to be a Spotlight Rep?

Come in and see us during the Volunteer Surgeries to find out more!

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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Summer is here!

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New Radio Training

13.04.2017

Job Vacancies

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Make a Radio Documentary

03.10.2016

Mark Your Mind @ Spotlight

21.06.2016

Do you want to work at Spotlight?

13.06.2016

#SpotlightQT

08.06.2016

#SPOTLIGHTSUP

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Spotlight on Fashion

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Grm Daily @ Spotlight!

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We are very happy to welcome Emma to the team!

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Spring Programme 2016

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Your Space Your Rules

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HALF TERM @ Spotlight!

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Creative Arts Youth Work Coordinator

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Slix tells the history of grime

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The Spotlight Autumn Programme is about to be published!

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Mimbre's breathtaking acrobatic performance on a park bench

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Summer Holidays

24 July – 25 August 2017

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Get Creative

Digital Beats
by Spotlight
Worth 50 credits Full Week
11-19s
Get Creative with our amazing in house music team & make a summer banger! Whether its beats, lyrics or instruments that excites you, come to the studio to work on a track & perform at the end of the week.
Play in a Week
by The S+K Project
Worth 50 credits Full Week
11-19s
The amazing S+K project return for another Summer Holiday Show. Using improvisation, spoken word and physical theatre techniques, create your own show based on your ideas and issues. Perform the play on Friday
Jewellery Making
by London College of Fashion
Worth 30 credits for 3 days
Girls Only aged 14+
Come and join a jewellery workshop with London College of Fashion. You’ll have an opportunity to research and design your own pieces, working with a variety of materials and techniques!
Art Attack (Full Day)
by Bow Arts
Worth 10 credits each
11-19s
Spend the day getting creative and get those artistic skills flowing. Using different art forms like Graffiti, Painting, Drawing and more see your visions come to life.
Create your Event
by Urban Interface Dance UK
Worth 50 credits Full Week
11-19s
Got an idea for an event but don’t know where to start? Join the crew behind the #SpotlightsUp performance, to design a showcase. You’ll learn marketing, Artist management and Social Media promotion!
Digital Media
by Bow Arts
Worth 50 credits Full Week
11-19s
Last year you created a new Mural for the Games Room. This year we’re asking you to make it come to life. Using the Blippar App and multi-media techniques such as stop motion, animation and more.
Film A Day (Full Day)
by In Motion Productions
Worth 10 credits each
11-19s
Get a crash course on how to make movies, videos, vlogs and more. Working with Steven from IMP get to grips with cameras and sound to make a movie in a day.
Beats & Loops (Full Day)
by Spotlight
Worth 10 credits each
11-19s
Using music technology create a track of your very own. Experiment with Beat Pads, Loop Pedals and Microphones, have some fun and make some jams!
BBC 1Xtra Take Over Day
by BBC 1Xtra
11-19s
Love Music? Come to the BBC Radio 1Xtra Takeover at Spotlight. From midday on Friday 25th August. Off air workshops, Q&A’s, masterclasses and more….
DJ Workshop
by Prince Rapid
11-19s
Learn to mix, cut, break and more with the legendary Prince Rapid. Get on the decks and be the life of the party!
Youth Theatre
by The S+K Project
11-19s
Work with up and coming Theatre Company S+K to discover the world of Theatre. Develop skills in improvisation, scripts and movement.
Graffiti & Arts
by Bow Arts
11-19s
Experiment with Graffiti, painting, drawing and crafts with the talented Bow Arts Team.
Film Making
by In Motion Productions
11-19s
Have a go behind the camera. Learn the skills you need to make short films, vlogs or music videos. With the amazing IMP crew you’ll learn all you need to know to get started in filmmaking.
Beat Boxing
by Lyrix Organix
11-19s
Come and play with the World Champion Beat Boxers from Lyirx Organix! Learn to make beats and sounds with only your mouth & a Mic!
You Can’t Handle the Booth
by Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation
11-19s
Friday night studio is the place to be! Come and lay down some tracks, create beats, write lyrics and work towards a mixtape with Slix & Rapid. Hold tight though - it gets hot in the booth!
Beats & Loops (Mini Session)
by Spotlight
11-19s
Using music technology create a track of your very own. Experiment with Beat Pads, Loop Pedals and Microphones, have some fun and make some jams!

Get Active

Boxing
by Limehouse Boxing Academy
11-19s
Get Fit and train with Limehouse Boxing Academy’s fully trained coaches. Work on techniques and drills to keep you in shape!
Basketball @ The Workhouse
by Spotlight
11-19s
its fierce competition on the court! Have you got what it takes to play @ The Workhouse?
Table Tennis Tournament
by Spotlight
11-19s
Who wears the crown of Table Tennis Champ? Get your name down to get a place in this years tournament.
Badminton Training
by Spotlight
11-19s
Get Trained by the team at The Workhouse to hone those badminton skills.
Table Tennis
by Spotlight
11-19s
Free play Table Tennis @ Poplar Spotlight.
Football
by Celtic FC Foundation
11-19s
Suitable for all ages & experience football sessions.
Basketball
by The London Lions
11-19s
Get coached by London’s leading Basketball Team London Lions! Go through drills, training and matches, get involved now to start your own team!
Football Training
by Spotlight
11-19s
Suitable for all ages football sessions happen in the Langdon Park School Pitches.
Swimming
by Spotlight
11-19s
Sign up at Poplar Spotlight to book place Swimming.
Sports Day
by Spotlight
11-19s
Rounders, Cricket, Races & more! Get a Team together and compete to Win! Get ready for the BMX Track and ride with Access Sport, drop in sessions all throughout the day.
Community Sports Leaders Award
by Sports Leaders UK
Worth 50 credits
11-19s
The CSLA is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to assist in leading purposeful and enjoyable sport/physical activity, under direct supervision.
BOX Instructor Course
by England Boxing
Worth 10 credits
11-19s
BOX is a new fitness experience devised by England Boxing coaches who have worked with the best boxers in the country. Participants learn the techniques used by Olympic boxers to succeed in the ring.
Table Tennis Leadership Award
by Table Tennis England
Worth 10 credits
11-19s
This leadership award could be the first step on the coaching, officiating or tournament organising administration ladder for young people assisting at table tennis clubs, after school clubs, or youth centres.
Basketball Activators Award
by Basketball England
Worth 10 credits
11-19s
This is an introductory level qualification designed to empower young people with the skills, drills and basic technical knowledge to deliver recreational/social basketball.

Get Inspired

Community Heroes
by Spotlight
11-19s
Calling all volunteers who want to make a difference and gain experience through giving back! Each Tuesday we will be going out into the local community and lending a hand to those who need us most.
Sexual Health Drop In
by Spotlight
11-19s
Got a question, concern or just want to know more? Drop in to Lansbury Spotlight any Monday over the holidays to get the answers you need.
Employability Workshop
by Spotlight
11-19s
Completed GCSEs or A-Levels this year? Looking to get a job but don’t know where to start? Come to Mile End Spotlight to set yourself on the right track.
Drugs & Alcohol Workshop
by CGL
11-19s
Get the facts about Drugs & Alcohol with CGL. Ask any questions you want and understand the risks / dangers surrounding Drugs. This is the place for you to get your questions answered.
Knife Crime Workshop
by Spotlight
11-19s
Concerned about Knife Crime in London today? Do you know the consequences of carrying or committing a crime? There are many ways to keep yourself safe and above the law. Find out more in this session.
Snack & Chat
by Spotlight
11-19s
Every Sunday head down to Mile End Spotlight to have a chat about any issues that are concerning you and your friends. There’ll be healthy snacks to help the conversation flow!
Level 1 Award Unit in Prevent Duty Awareness
by OCN
Worth 10 credits
11-19s
This half day course will give an overview of the Government Prevent Initaitve, extremism and radicalisation.
Healthy Relationships Project
by Tender
Worth 30 credits
11-19s
Drama workshops exploring relationships with Tender working towards creating a performance – You will learn about healthy relationships, sharing information and develop your drama skills.
Sexual Health Workshop
by Step Forward
11-19s
Come to Mile End Spotlight for everything you need to know about keeping safe and relationships. The trained Staff from Step Forward will be able to offer you information & guidance confidentiality.
Barista Training 16+
by Well Grounded
Worth 30 credits
16+
This course will help raise young people’s interest in and knowledge of speciality coffee, giving them the basic level of practical skills required by a professional barista.