Add to your CV, complement your degree and network, through arts and humanities volunteering


A taster of the latest arts and humanities related roles, especially relevant for City Campus students. Active Student helps you to find and apply for local rewarding, safe and supported volunteering opportunities.

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•    Arts Connect Volunteer 2016-17, Culture Shift
A programme of activities designed to support adults with learning disabilities to engage in the arts and develop their talent and interests. Commissioned by East Sussex County Council, Arts Council England and other funders. We are looking to recruit up to 10 volunteers, with groups of 3-4 volunteers supporting each of the Get Creative courses and Get Connected events. On the courses, you will work alongside a lead artist and our project coordinator, Julia Roberts and support participants on a 1-1 basis, or small group basis, with supervision and support from the two project leaders.

Time commitment: Various dates from October 2016 until June 2017.
Location: Lewes, Bexhill, Hastings, Crowborough and Eastbourne. Mutually agreed, in advance, travel expenses can be paid (up to £15 per session).

•    Archive Film Researcher Volunteer, Brighton West Pier Trust
The Trust owns the West Pier site and is landlord of Brighton’s BA i360. Its role includes celebrating the West Pier’s past through education programmes and establishing a new heritage centre, managing the present as landlord of Brighton’s BA i360 and planning for the future as the Trust hopes that the i360 will generate interest in building a new West Pier. We are currently compiling a catalogue of the West Pier’s appearances on film, focussing especially on pre 1990 material. This will to lead to the creation various film loops to be used in our new office which will be opening on the seafront in 2017 and, longer term, for our heritage centre.

Time commitment: 3 hours a week for 3 months as a minimum.
Location: Brighton.

•    Front of House Gallery Volunteer, Phoenix Gallery Brighton

Phoenix Brighton has a large contemporary gallery, over 100 artists studios for professional practitioners, just along the road from the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade Building in the town centre. There is a year long programme of creative arts courses and events for the public. General front of house duties which will include gallery invigilation, installation, assisting with special workshops, serving tea and coffee, guiding visitors around the building, acting as a point of information, etc.

Time commitment: A few hours a week for 6 months.
Location: Brighton.

    Wood Recycling Volunteer, Brighton and Hove Wood Recycling Project
A not-for-profit Social Enterprise launched in 1998 to do something about the amount of wood being sent to landfill. We offer a waste wood collection service to the construction, public and private sectors. A volunteering placement with Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project would be varied and can essentially be what you make it. We encourage volunteers to have a go at working in all aspects of the business, to ensure your experience is varied and to help build a picture of how the Project works, including Collections, Woodwork, Retail, Marketing and Admin.

Time commitment: 4 hours a week (on one day) starting between 9 and 9:30 am Monday to Friday.
Location: Brighton.

•    Museum Receptionist Volunteer, Brighton Toy and Model Museum
A treasure trove of toys and models that extends over four thousand square feet of floor space, through four of the Early Victorian arches supporting Brighton Railway Station’s forecourt. Your role is to greet the customers and answer their questions concerning the Museum or the City (tourist information point). You sell the entries and the toys from the shop area. You are also asked to check the state of the Museum and help with cleaning up. You provide information to the customers about our events and memberships.

Time commitment: Days/times to be mutually agreed.
Location: Brighton.

•    Arts and Crafts Member Activities Volunteer, Blind Veterans UK  
Blind Veterans UK was founded in 1915 to provide rehabilitation, training and lifelong support to those blinded in the First World War. Since then we have helped over 15,000 ex-Service men and women who have lost their sight. This role is to support our members take part in a range of activities and to escort them on day trips from the centre. Activities include: Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Mosaics, Woodturning, Sculpture and Photography.

Time commitment: 1-3 hours per week, fortnight or monthly, with a minimum of 6-12 months overall.
Location: Just along the seafront from Brighton town centre, easily accessible by bus, bike or car.

•    Animation Course Support Volunteer, Autism Sussex
Autism Sussex is an independent, not for profit organisation and registered charity, whose aim is to provide a range of opportunities for children, young people and adults with autistic spectrum conditions. Carlton Hill is our resource and advice centre for people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Volunteers support the course leader and a small group of people with ASC on our Animation course.

Time commitment: Every Wednesday 3:30-5:30pm, for ideally 6 months.
Location: Brighton.

•    Researcher and Radio Project Volunteer, Seahaven FM
Seahaven FM is a Not-for-Profit Ofcom licensed Community Radio station. A volunteer’s role is to provide information for monthly Radio program  ‘Young Entrepreneurs & Business’ – a  summary/digest of business, funding and other opportunities for young entrepreneurs. Including the following: researching, preparing briefings and written copy, contacting potential guests and service providers as well as participating as a Q&A panel member for show if required.

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per week for 3 months overall.
Location: Seaford.

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Kat Saunders • 26/09/2016

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