The Spotlight Autumn Term is now live!
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The Spotlight building is open 8am-8pm.
The Spotlight Cafe is open 8:30am-3pm.
Our Youth Club opening times vary at each centre.
Spotlight will close for Christmas on the 22nd of December and Reopen on the 3rd of December
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.
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
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
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.
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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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.
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 email@example.com to find out more.
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.
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.
Social action in action!
We wouldn't be Spotlight without our youth workers.
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.
Introducing entirely youth led method to creative youth work: Spotlight's Youth Theatre Case Study
Young people aged 11 - 19 years old (up to 25 SEND) get a free lunch from us every day this Summer.
Spotlight x THEWS saw over 120 young people from Tower Hamlets in attendance.
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
New Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Programme for LPS Students
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org