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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

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.

Kerrise
Youth Worker in Charge

Creative practitioner / secret spoken word artist, with a background in the criminal justice system and youth work. I’m all about balance, positivity and good vibes!

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

Born to the sound of the Bow bells

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 Worker

I still owe library books which I have no intention returning

Oliver
Data 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 in Charge

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

“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

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

Emi
Youth Support Volunteer

I am a current Masters student in Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. In dance and life, I love to support people to be the best version of themselves. Volunteering at Spotlight allows me the chance to provide that support to the youth there!

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.

Tahmina
Youth Support

whatever the mind can conceive it can achieve

Diana
Youth Support
Solomon
Music Support
Vasilis
Youth Support

Young people are very energetic and spending time with them makes my week more interesting. I also feel lucky as i have the opportunity to work with them and use this experience in order to fulfill my dream which is to teach maths.

James
Youth Support

James is a graduate of Sound Recording and Design from Goldsmiths University. Born in Uganda but based in London. His love for music led him to study sound for film in postproduction, creating sound effects, plays, TV productions and Radio.

Angel
Front of House Support

My name is Angel Annor and I am a Front Of House volunteer at Spotlight. I enjoy my job because I get to learn new tasks and meet different people.

Youth Volunteers

Fahian - Spotlight Rep

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

Arif - SPEAK

I just enjoy being here and making new friends (please send help).

Want to be a Youth Volunteer?

Visit the volunteer tab 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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Community Heroes

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Radio Superstars

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Summer is here!

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New Radio Training

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#SpotlightQT

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Get Creative

Youth Theatre
by HighRise Theatre
11-19s
Your Theatre, Your Rules! Come and be part of East Londons most exciting and ground-breaking Theatre group. Work towards live performances with other young people your age!
Youth Theatre Open Session
by The S+K Project
13-19s
Work with up and coming Theatre Company S+K to discover the world of Theatre. Develop skills in improvisation, scripts and movement.
Art Club
by Bow Arts
11-19s
Paint, Print, Design, Graffiti! Come and learn it all in Art Club. Sell what you make at local fairs and put the money towards a trip at the end of term!
Film Academy
by In Motion Productions
11-19s
Are you a budding Director, Editor or Sound Engineer? Do you make Vlogs, YouTube or Music Videos? Join our crew of young filmmakers to build your skills and experience
Beats & Lyrics
by Taku & Garfield
11-19s
Got an idea for a song but don't know where to start? Have you got the Rhythm but don't know who to make Beats? Come and work with resident producers Taku & Garfield who will put you on the right track!
Live Band
by Leaders In Community
11-19s
Whether its Guitar, drums, vocals or flute - whatever your instrument come to jam with other young musicians, form a band & record an EP. Song writing and good vibes included!
Spotlight Sounds
by Spotlight
11-19s
At Spotlight we believe in supporting emerging artists. Spotlight Sounds is our very own Record Label where the future of Music can create, learn and be supported to progress in their careers.
Radio
by Cultivaters
11-19s
Our Radio program is progressing! We've partnered up with the amazing Social Broadcasts to develop a program that will go LIVE on the air. Every week you'll work towards a live broadcast that will go out at the
Spotlight Sessions
by Spotlight
11-19s
Book in some 121 time with our resident producers to record your track in the Studio. Contact Treaser on Hello@wearespotlight.com to book your session.
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!
Freestyle Dance
by Urban Interface Dance UK
11-19s
Join the crew and get involved with Freestyle Dance. Work towards performances, create choreography and showcase your moves!
Hip Hop Dance
by IMD
11-19s
Various dance sessions take place over the course of the day. Contact imdofficial@hotmail.com to find out more & get involved

Get Active

Football
by Spotlight
11-19s
Use the indoor Gym or Outdoor pitches at Bromley North to have 5 a side matches
Dodgeball
by Spotlight
11-19s
Get a team together & enjoy the fun of DODGEBALL. We play to music & different variations every week so there's no getting bored!
Advanced Boxing
by Limehouse Boxing Academy
11-19s
Ready for the next step in boxing? Want to Spar and have bouts? Speak to Shah about getting involved in the session
Basketball Coaching
by 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!
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! Beginners welcome
Football with Celtic FC
by Celtic FC Foundation
Got a few mates to form a team? Come to compete against other teams in mini tournaments
Open Sport Session
by Spotlight
11-19s
Come and enjoy fun sports with friends and the Spotlight team
Multi Sports Gym
by Spotlight
11-19s
Basketball, football, badminton, table tennis - you name it you play it!
Badminton
by
11-19s
Get trained by the team to up your badminton skills.
Girls Basketball
by London Lions
11-19s
GIRLS get coached by London’s leading Basketball Team London Lions! Go through drills, training and matches, get involved now to start your own team!
Girls Football
by Spotlight
11-19s
GIRLS only, suitable for all ages & experience football sessions.

Get Inspired

Youth Volunteering
by Spotlight
11-19s
Want to gain new skills, experience and give back to the community? This session will cover volunteer drop-ins as well as a space to plan and organise a project. Check out the volunteer tab!
Girls Club
by Spotlight
11-19s
Dedicated GIRL TIME! This is YOUR chance to get involved, take part in creative activities, trips and confidence building sessions.
Careers Drop In
by Spotlight
11-19s
CV building, interview technique & applications, we've got it all covered at Spotlight!
Dinner Time
by Spotlight
11-19s
Every Tuesday a member of the Spotlight team gets in the kitchen to make you a home cooked meal! Try different foods from around the world, expand your taste buds without spending a penny!
Spotlight on YOU
by Spotlight
11-19s
Every week we tackle a new topic, invite guest speakers or have debates about current affairs. Whether its Social Media, Donald Trump or the price of milk we'll talk about it and make sure you’re informed!
Snack & Chat
by Spotlight
11-19s
Enjoy healthy snacks before Spotlight on YOU. Smoothies, fruit cereals and more will be provided to get you into the debating mood!
Chill Out & Games
by Spotlight
11-19s
Come chill out with your friends, make new one, play some games and enjoy the Spotlight vibes!

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

Outreach Support

Are you a natural at meeting new people? We are looking for volunteers to go out into the community with our youth workers and spread the Spotlight message.

Youth Support

We are on the look out for superstars who love engaging with young people and taking part in sessions.

Creative Support

Do you have a skill that compliments our programme of activities? Maybe you're a keen photographer, documentary maker or performer. Why not support our creative partners to deliver sessions? Email volunteer@wearespotlight.com to find out more.

Volunteer Mentors

We have lots of young volunteers across our 6 centres. Our adult mentors check in with them during their volunteering sessions and offer coaching support. If you have experience mentoring or line managing people, we would love to hear from you! volunteer@wearespotlight.com

Youth Volunteering (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 find out more about youth volunteering, please drop into our youth volunteering sessions or email volunteer@wearespotlight.com

Spotlight Reps

We are on the hunt for young volunteers to support the delivery of sessions. You will take part, support your peers and recruit new members to Spotlight.

Community Heroes

Our group of over 20 youth volunteers plan and deliver projects to benefit the local community. Could you be our next hero?

SPEAK - Newspaper

Reporting on the issues that matter to young people, we are looking for journalists, designers, photographers and more!

Youth Committee

Our Youth Committee members are the voice of young people and help make decisions and recommendations at Spotlight.

College Placement Students

We have cohorts of college placement students throughout the year to support the next generation of health, social care and youth workers.

Work Experience

One or two week placements are a great way to discover the world of youth work and if it's right for you.