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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.

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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

Daryl
Youth Worker

Sometime artist, low-key musician and performer, handy in the kitchen, Street Fighter aficionado and a stubborn dude with a pool cue.  I’m an easy-going and out-and-about fellow around Spotlight, so do say hi!

Ollie
Technical Team Coordinator

 

 

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
Youth Work Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

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
Youth Work Technician

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
Youth Work Technician
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

Vicky
Youth Worker in Charge

A lovely lady with a background in mental health, a passion for food, fashion and all that good stuff!

Fussilat
Operations Officer

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.

 

Lindsay
Youth Worker

Youth Worker by day, Heavy Metal DJ by night.

Hodon
Front of House

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 Worker

I still owe library books which I have no intention returning

Oliver
Monitoring & Evaluation Analyst

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
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
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 in Charge

“Dont limit your challenges, Challenge your limits”

Aaron
Get Creative Development Officer

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
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.

Imran
Youth Worker

Don’t be a follower, be a leader.

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
Lisa
Youth Worker

I sing and dance everyday because I must live my best life, and yes my other passion is assisting and mentoring young people in realising their strengths, talents and skills

 

Harry
Volunteering Officer

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

Jordan
Youth Worker

How good is my hair?!

Lauren
Creative Communications Graduate Trainee
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.

Fatima
Youth Worker in Charge - Lansbury
Poppy
Creative Arts Youth Work Coordinator (maternity cover)

Volunteers

Baljit
Research Student

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

Idris
Visual Art & 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.

 

 

Solomon
Music Support
Jackie
Youth Support
Nicola
Music Support

I’m a full time musician & songwriter. I can play guitar, keyboards & drums. I definitely cannot rap! I want to use my skills to inspire and be inspired. I’m from the Lake District, have lived in London 9 years but I still have northern accent. I like food, gigs and laughing at myself.

Saima
Youth Support

Saima is studying at University and completing her placement with us.

Hasina
Youth Support

My desire is to see a community with strong characters reaching their full potential for a brighter, healthier happier future 😊 together we can achieve this.

Alnique
Music Support
Michael
Music Support
Syd
Music Support
Tom
Youth Support
Arjun
Music Support
Carolina
Youth Support Worker

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future” Franklin D. Roosevelt

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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17.10.2019

Celebrating our young people 'Washing Out Hate'

09.10.2019

Spotlight October Half Term: Running Strong

09.10.2019

October Half Term: Future Photographers

08.10.2019

October Half Term: Poplar Paints

06.09.2019

Spotlight emerging artists shine at Apple Performance

06.08.2019

Free Specialist Barista Traineeship now open!

02.08.2019

Come and watch Spotlight Youth Theatre: Play in a Week

30.07.2019

We are hiring new bank workers!

25.06.2019

Join the Youth Theatre Collective

20.06.2019

Become a Spotlight Young Artist in Residence!

13.06.2019

Tower Hamlets' hottest youth record label: Spotlight Sounds

12.06.2019

Spotlight Sounds at All Points East

06.06.2019

Happy Volunteers Week!

02.05.2019

Easter Holiday in Pictures

30.04.2019

Make the most of your bank holiday and head down to The Whitechapel Gallery

24.04.2019

Exhibit your artwork for all of London to see!

08.03.2019

Five Reasons We Need International Women's Day

22.02.2019

Five Years of Spotlight...

12.02.2019

Youth Theatre Masterclass

08.02.2019

Young People's Question Time

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What's On

Autumn Term 2019

16th Sept - 13 Dec 2019

October Half Term 2019: Get Creative

Future Photographers
by Autograph
WEDS 23 - FRI 25 OCT
1-4PM 11-19s
Work with photographers from top agency Autograph. Get inspired visiting their gallery and take part in activities exploring studio portraiture and street photography to create your own photographic series
Poplar Paints
by ArtClubbers and Poplar Works
MON 21 - FRI 25 OCT
1-4PM 11-19s
Collaborate with street artist Rosie Woods to plan a mural celebrating Poplar and the opening of fashion space Poplar Works! Find out what goes into painting wall arts and try out spray painting.
Running Strong
by Spotlight
MON 21 - FRI 25 OCT
1-4PM 11-19s
Join us as we create a film celebrating the Black British heroes “Running Strong” through time this Black History Month. Work together to write, direct and shoot the film celebrating the people who made change
MC Scope Selects
by Spotlight
MON 21 - THURS 24 OCT
4-7PM 15-19s
Grab the popcorn and the day on a chill note celebrating the rise of black music genres with Aaron's favourite documentary 'The Defiant Ones'.
Afro Soul Train
by Spotlight
FRI 25 OCT
7-9PM 11-19s
We're bringing all the Spotlight centres together with this massive event for Black History Month - Afro Soul Train! Come and dress up, enjoy the music and feel the vibe.
Grime Pays Sharing
by Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation
FRI 25 OCT
6-7PM 11-19s
Watch these talented grime artists take over the stage and see the results of the week-long Grime Pays programme!

October Half Term 2019: Get Creative

Barista Training
by Well Grounded
MON 21 - THURS 24 OCT
10-4PM 16-19s
Working with coffee experts Well Grounded, this course will help you gain the practical and specialist skills required by a professional barista. All participants will be signposted and supported into work.
Brunch Club
by Spotlight
MON 21 - FRI 25 OCT
11-1PM 11-19s
Get your day started right with our free Brunch Club. Choose from a range of healthy cereals, smoothies, fruit and more!
Have your Say on Health
by Healthy London Partnerships
TUES 22 OCT
2-4PM 11-19s
Have opinions on how access physical and mental healthcare in your local area can be improved? Come down to Spotlight and consult with the Healthy London Partnership (and get some free food while you're there)
Leadership Accreditation
by Active Communities Network
THURS 24 - FRI 25 OCT
11-5PM 11-19s
Gain a Level 1 accreditation with Active Communities Network! Learn how to improve your teamwork and communication skills while learning about project management and everything else needed to lead.
Spotlight Talks: Simon Williams
by Spotlight
FRI 25 OCT
5-6PM 11-19s
The next in our Spotlight Talks welcomes London firefighter Simon Williams! Listen and ask your questions as is tells you about the challenges and benefits of the role and his experience at Grenfell.

October Half Term 2019: Get Active

Open Boxing
by Limehouse Boxing Academy
WEDS 23 OCT
5-7PM 11-19s
Get fit and train with Limehouse Boxing Academy's fully trained coaches. Work on techniques and drills to keep you in shape! Beginners welcome.
Advanced Boxing
by Limehouse Boxing Acamdey
TUES 22 AND THURS 24 OCT
5-7PM 11-19s
Ready for the next step in boxing? Want to spar and have bouts? Speak to Shah about getting involved in this session

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: www.poplarharca.co.uk/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