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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.

Amplifying Youth Voices

OPEN CALL FOR YOUNG CREATIVES AGED 11 – 19. For Black History Month, Spotlight has teamed up with youth collective L.E.G.A.C.Y. @wearelegacy__ to run a creative project ‘Amplifying Youth Voices’. Through a series of consultations and workshops you will have the space to co-design and shape this year’s BHM Celebration.

We are looking for a group of young creatives to take the lead and share their fresh perspectives:

- What does Black History Month mean to you?
- What does the theme ‘Time for Change: Actions not Words’ mean to you?

To get involved please complete an expression of interest form at the link or email Sky and Dominique co-curators and artists at Legacy at wearelegacy65@gmail.com to find out more.

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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
Spotlight Sounds Project Lead

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!!

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
Support & Evaluation Coordinator

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

Emma
Creative Programme Manager

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
Creative Producer: Music

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.

Taku
Creative Producer: Music
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.
Thom
Spotlight Service Manager

Born to the sound of the Bow bells

Lindsay
Youth Worker

Youth Worker by day, Heavy Metal DJ by night.

Hodon
Front of House 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!

Nahim
Youth & Community Engagement Manager

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
Get Inspired Development Officer

SNM

Say No More!

Nadine
Youth Worker

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

Richard
Youth Worker in Charge
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
Aaron
Creative Producer: Media

A.K.A Scope, Dizzee Rascals hype man.

I’m here to create and inspire

Giving back to my old neighbourhood is the main drive

Always striving to be better by design

For me there is no finish-line…

Marjana
Youth Worker
Imran
Youth Worker

Don’t be a follower, be a leader.

Zubair
Youth Worker
Harry
Youth Volunteering Coordinator

I enjoy music, DJing, buying records, reading, cycling, exploring urban and wild places and meeting and learnings things form new people.

Mark
Head Boxing Coach

Limehouse Boxing Academy and England Boxing team coach. Mark has coached beginners to International class boxers for over 20 years. He coaches the Limehouse Boxing team on Tuesday, Weds and Thursday each week from 5pm and delivers the DISE programme (Diploma in Sporting Excellence) to aspiring elite boxers during the day.

Poppy
Creative Team Leader

Lover of all the good things: travelling to random places, hanging out with friends, eating good food, dancing to excellent tunes, swimming in the ocean and making art.

Leyla
Creative Youth Worker

I recently re trained as a Youth Worker after years of working within music PR/and marketing. I wanted to support our cities young people by helping them to access supportive, creative spaces that they can use to express themselves. I believe music is an amazing tool for people to tell their truth. I love hip hop, coffee and my mum.

Ellie
Creative Producer: Theatre & Dance

Let’s create interesting things! After years of youth work in spaces from a field in the Outer Hebrides to the basement of the Barbican, I’m here at Spotlight to bring people together. When not messing around at Spotlight, you might find me adventuring up a mountain, cycling around town or eating all the delicious food I can get my hands on!

Carlos
Creative Youth Worker

I love football, music, cinema, water, wind and bananas. I want to learn more about local music and photography. I love my two sons and I believe in the power of the arts as a tool for expression and empowerment. Young people have the energy and the creativity, that is all.

Beth
Creative Youth Worker

Be yourself – everyone else is already taken! You can find me in the studio or losing at ping pong…

Tam
Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

With a background in social research and youth work, I’m focused on using data to prove and improve our impact on young people’s lives. Outside of work I’ll be found listening to or creating music, reading philosophy books, watching indie films or cooking.

Amarna
Youth Worker
Lydia
Youth Worker
Charlotte
Youth Worker
Maja
Youth Worker
Dilwar
Youth Worker
Yafhet
Youth Worker
Taylor
Youth Worker
Miah
Youth Worker
Marina
Front of House
Mya
Creative Youth Work Advocate

For me exploring different avenues of creativity & self discovery is especially exciting. Research projects encourage individuals to absorb their environments, as well as, stimulating the mind to uncover answers to their questions.

 

Indie Max
Creative Youth Work Advocate

Indie is a creative explorer. His work spans acting, facilitation, music in various capacities, producing and now directing theatre.
He has been a member of Sounds like Chaos for 10 years, devising and performing in shows such as ‘Phenomena’, ‘Wow Everything Is Amazing!’ and ‘Fire in the Machine’.
During this time Indie has also performed with a number of collaborators including: The Science Museum, Lyric Hammersmith, Manchester International Festival, Unicorn Theatre, and more.

Dominique
Creative Youth Work Advocate

Dominique is a multidisciplinary artist: writer, visual artist and vocalist who supports and
facilitates creative workshops. She curates and manages creative projects and is particularly interested in the crossover between multiple art forms and how they can be used as a medium to express yourself.

Jordan
Creative Youth Work Advocate

Artist, Poet & Tinkerer, Jordan B. Minga is a Black British Ugandan who grew up as a South London Native. Graduating in 2021 as part of the first cohort of the London Screen Academy. Jordan has a strong interest in Filmmaking, Photography & writing. Jordan loves to tell stories. Through performance he looks to explore the emotions that come with lived experience.

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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07.11.2022

What is youth work really like? Treaser's story - Youth Work Week

We wouldn't be Spotlight without our youth workers.

03.11.2022

Free meals for children in Poplar. Spotlight's new partnership with The Felix Project

Spotlight now offer free microwave meals thanks to a new partnership with the Felix Project. Fresh meals are delivered every Tuesday and Thursday, and available for self service to pick up or reheat from the Spotlight café at Langdon Park. Children are welcome to take home meals for their families too. Meals are available on a first come, first served basis.

27.10.2022

Arts and Equality. Hear from Spotlight’s youth writers' club.

20.10.2022

Introducing entirely youth led method to creative youth work: Spotlight's Youth Theatre Case Study

Introducing entirely youth led method to creative youth work: Spotlight's Youth Theatre Case Study

13.09.2022

What does a day in the life of Detached Youth Work look like? Spotlight Youth Worker Nazim breaks it down.

17.08.2022

Access to the Arts in the UK is a Social Justice Issue.

21.07.2022

Free lunches for kids and teenagers in London at Spotlight this Summer Holiday

Young people aged 11 - 19 years old (up to 25 SEND) get a free lunch from us every day this Summer.

19.07.2022

Huge success for Tower Hamlets First Ever Wellbeing Forum

Spotlight x THEWS saw over 120 young people from Tower Hamlets in attendance.

27.06.2022

Spotlight’s Youth Empowerment board’s excursion to Scotland for The Youth Spectacular in Fife.

15.06.2022

Your chance to attend Tower Hamlets first-ever Wellbeing Forum.

On Thursday the 14th of July, If you’re aged 11-19 (or up to 25 with SEND) we are thrilled to invite you along to this major celebration of everything good that’s happening in Tower Hamlets within mental health

16.05.2022

Opportunities Board: May 2022

08.04.2022

Opportunities Board: April 2022

18.03.2022

Opportunities Board: March 2022

25.02.2022

Opportunities Board: February 2022 Part 2

14.02.2022

Mental Health Ambassadors

11.02.2022

Opportunities Board: February 2022 Part 1

29.01.2022

Have your say on the Youth Empowerment Board

29.01.2022

Spotlight Sounds Artist Development Programme

29.01.2022

SEND Takeover Morning with SENSE UK

18.01.2022

Opportunities Board: January 2022

26.11.2021

Opportunities Board: Nov Part Two

23.11.2021

Join us on the Kickstart scheme!

22.11.2021

Health Spot receives Special Commendation at the 2021 Health Service Journal Awards!

11.11.2021

Opportunities Board: Nov Part One

28.10.2021

Opportunities Board: Oct Part Two

25.10.2021

Introducing Foreword Noize

07.10.2021

Opportunities Board: Oct Part One

27.09.2021

“It reminded me why I wanted to get into music in the first place”

16.09.2021

Online Opportunities Board: September Part Two

03.09.2021

Creative Studios London

02.09.2021

Online Opportunities: September 2021

02.09.2021

Spotlight Youth Worker awarded an MBE

01.07.2021

Online Opportunities For Young People: July 2021

21.06.2021

Online Opportunities Board: June 2021 Part Two

03.06.2021

Online Youth Opportunities Board: June 2020

27.05.2021

Come and join us!

New Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Programme for LPS Students

13.05.2021

Online Youth Opportunities Board: May 2021 Part Two

10.05.2021

Join The Young Minds Agency this May Half Term

29.04.2021

Online Opportunities Board: May 2021 Part One

15.04.2021

Online Opportunities Board: April 2021 Part Two

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Volunteering at Spotlight

Spotlight holds volunteering at its heart. We offer opportunities for both adults and young people to get involved with the wide-ranging programme of activities, gain experience and have fun.

If you would like to find out more about any of the opportunities listed below, please contact volunteer@wearespotlight.com or call 020 30 111 333

Adult Volunteering (18+) Youth Volunteering (14 - 19)

Adult Volunteering (18+)

By volunteering with us you will be supporting young people’s development and empowering the wider community. You will also be working alongside our large team consisting of staff, volunteers and 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.

The Spotlight team are managed by Poplar HARCA. Please visit their volunteering website to see the latest role descriptions and apply online: https://www.poplarharca.co.uk/get-involved/volunteer/

 

Youth Volunteering & Empowerment (14 - 19)

Whether you want to go out into the local community to give back, or if you want to help run Spotlight and get your voice heard, pop along to the youth volunteering sessions to get in on the action.

We offer training, support and perks to our young volunteers, with a focus on supporting your own development by issuing certificates for the number of hours you volunteer and providing references for college, university and job applications.

To apply for a position please complete an application form here: wearespotlight.com/youthvolunteering

Got a question? Email volunteer@wearespotlight.com