Why volunteer at CoolTan Arts?

Gain a unique experience with a lively independent Arts organisation!

Get out of the house, make friends and learn new skills in a safe, supportive environment.
All this, plus regular free training and up to £4.40 travel expenses per day!

Benefits for all volunteers:

  • Travel expenses up to £4.40 day reimbursed – with an oyster printout showing your journey
  • Opportunity to develop and use meaningful skills
  • Lots of training opportunities available, tailored to your volunteer role
  • Opportunity to get useful work experience and obtain a reference
  • Safe and supportive environment

We welcome volunteers with disabilities

Find out more or book a place on a volunteer induction email:volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696

 

Here is what our volunteers say about us …

“If it wasn’t for volunteering at CoolTan I’d be in hospital, or I don’t know where I’d be. The support of the volunteer co-ordinator and staff at CoolTan made me realise I did have skills and was useful, after difficulties at my work. I was signed off sick, and started volunteering at CoolTan instead of being at home, as I found it made me feel much more positive. Another participant said ‘bad things happen to good people’, and it’s true, these conversations with staff at CoolTan were important. The support I got, and the experience at CoolTan boosted my confidence to apply for jobs again. I now have a full time role, and have been offered two others I applied for! Thanks CoolTan Arts”

richard_smallImage: CoolTan volunteer Richard Muzira wins a Local Heroes Award from Bank of America for his volunteer service in December 2012.

“Volunteering at CoolTan Arts has allowed me to learn many new skills that are of use to me in many ways, however, the real reward is being involved in my local community and doing something that helps other people. I have long term health problems and CoolTan gets me out the house, gives me something to do, you get interesting conversations here. I wouldn’t get that at home on my own”
(a regular volunteer who has moved from receptionist to podcasting, graphic design and analysing statistics)

“Volunteering helps to understand the running of departments in this organisation. Wherever you volunteer, if you make posters, you learn to make posters from start to finish. If you do petty cash, you learn how to go from receipts to presenting documents to the accountant. I think you learn here. If you just chat or rest, it may be good for a while, but learning by volunteering is the best way to gain skills, and CoolTan is good for learning skills. When you have new skills you get self esteem, and self esteem is better than nothing. If you wander round the streets you get nothing. If you increase your self esteem, it gives you a positive start to build up to what you want, in your life, to get a job, or to be healthy in your mind. That’s what CoolTan does for volunteers.”
(volunteer, service user and CoolTan Arts trustee)

“Thanks for everything. CoolTan has helped me through a difficult time in my life of unemployment and uncertainty through being able to volunteer and attend all sorts of things.”
(This person has now moved on to university studying education after volunteering with us as an Arts Tutor Assistant for 8 months)

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Can you help? … Dates for your Diary

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Can you spare a few hours to help out with some of our upcoming events?
Saturday 20th September, 11.45am- 4:00pm. Denmark Hill to Peckham.

Trained walk leaders and photographers needed on our Largactyl Shuffle Black History Walk

Walk leaders – Assist the Largactyl Shuffle group in registering people at the beginning of the walk and safely guiding members of the general public on the walk through the streets of Southwark. Walk route is approximately 4.8 miles.

Volunteer photographers – needed to photograph the walk for our review of the event.

Saturday 20th August, 11am – 6pm. Bermondsey Street Festival.
Help us run a CoolTan stall at theBermondsey Street Festival

Volunteers needed to run our stall – set up, share information about CoolTan with the public, sell our products and clear away afterwards.
Bermondsey Street Festival is an annual celebration of music, dance, arts, cuising and creativity.

Tuesday 16th September, 5-9pm. CoolTan Arts.
Help us at our AGM

CoolTan Arts annual general meeting – help needed setting up for the event, preparing food, serving refreshments,helping on our stall,  tidying up.

If you can help at all, please contact: volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or call 020 7701 2696.

If you can help at all, please contact our Acting Volunteer Coordinator Georgina Rodgers: volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or call 020 7701 2696.

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Volunteer Opportunity – SEO and WordPress

socialmediaCoolTan’s Communications Officer and Web Developer require the following support on our website redevelopment project.

SEO Volunteer needed:

Volunteer skills needed: SEO, website analytics, WordPress, good communication skills. Interest in charity sector and mental health preferable.

CoolTan Arts, are looking for a professional volunteer to advise on our website restructuring and relaunch.
Our current site is 7 years old and is currently being completely redesigned.
CoolTan need assistance with making sure our online presence and website hits are not impacted negatively by the changes.
Volunteer skills needed: SEO, website analytics, WordPress, good communication skills. Interest in charity sector and mental health preferable.

The volunteer will need an indepth understanding of SEO and the challenges of site migration.

Any amount of volunteer hours much appreciated. Work to be completed by Mid September.
Work could either be done remotely or from our arts centre near Elephant & Castle, between Mon-Thurs 9-5pm.

Website Administrator – Mentor/Troubleshooter needed to provide a one-off 1-2 hour advice session:

Volunteer skills needed: WordPress, Web administration and troubleshooting, good communication skills. Interest in charity sector and mental health preferable.
The CoolTan Poetry WordPress mini-site is currently down, which means that the valuable archives of participants’ work cannot be accessed or shared with the public.

Our current Web Development volunteer would greatly benefit from some guidance on how to troubleshoot the issues that may be causing the site to no longer display. Could you spare a couple of hours, at a time convenient to you, to come in and talk them through diagnosing the problem, and suggesting possible approaches to getting the site back up and running?

If you have experience with WordPress and general web administration issues, and would be willing to offer some brief technical support please get in touch for further details.

If you can help please get in touch: volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk

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Create our promotional video

CoolTan Arts are looking for a professional or an experienced amateur to work with our organisation to produce a promotional video to increase sign up for our annual sponsored walk in October 2014. 

CoolTan Arts is an arts in mental health charity, run by and for people with mental distress. We would like our film, to be unique, colourful, inspiring and engaging – like us!  The video will be for a wide audience, and needs to explain what our organisation does, why we are important and how people can support us.

We will be reaching out to people who may not yet be familiar with our organisation, to encourage them to participate and/or donate to this our biggest fundraiser of the year.

We want a video approximately 5 minutes in length and additional sound bites.

We have the range of camera equipment necessary and Final Cut Pro editing software required; we need a person (or more) to make it happen.

You will work closely with our Communications Officer on the content, who will provide ideas and advice and set up filming support.

The video will need to be prepared for Youtube/Vimeo and also DVD export.

We are looking for a person/people who are able to take the role(s) of Camera Person, Interviewer, Editor and Director. If you have the required skills and interest in working with us – please let us know.

This is a short term project, and we are looking to have a ready promotional video ideally by the end of August 2014, although we can be flexible on this.

We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

References and a Criminal Records Bureau check will be required.

We reimburse up to £4.40 travel expenses per day.

 When

Flexible – you will need to be available Monday – Friday, 10-6pm, when we are open so you can have access to our equipment, footage and our people for interviewing.

 Place

Meetings take place at CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.

Nearest Tube: Elephant and Castle

Buses: 12, 35, 40, 45, 68, 148, 171, 176, 468

How to get involved

Please contact  volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696.

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Volunteer Opportunity – Handyperson

handypersonRole Description:
We hope to recruit a Volunteer Caretaker/Handy Person to support us on a casual, ad-hoc basis with the maintenance, repair, support and general up-keep of our CoolTan Arts office. The office is used to deliver workshops and events, and is a gallery space, which suffers general wear and tear.

Areas of work could include:
•    Painting and Decorating: as required.
•    Wood working: First line maintenance of fixtures and fittings, examples: tightening screws on window hinges, maintenance on door handles and minor repairs etc.
•    Plumbing : un-blocking sinks, traps, drains and waste pipes. Adjustment of taps and replacing washers.
•    Cleaning and maintaining light fitting.
•    General DIY projects, for example: putting shelves up, erecting small storage sheds etc.
•    Cleaning the internal window panes of external windows and other internal glass within the limitations of safe working practice.
•    To comply with the requirements of Health and Safety, other relevant legislation and CoolTan Arts Policy & Procedures.

Skills and experience required:
•    Experience of working within a similar role or evidence of a high level of competency within DIY and general maintenance is essential; including knowledge of different types of wall fixings
•    Flexibility and ability to support on a casual, ad-hoc basis is essential.
•    Able to work independently and as part of a team.
•    Keen to share ideas, learn and contribute.
•    Confident in communicating.

Personal Qualities Needed:
•    Reliability and punctuality
•    Good team working skills
•    Ability to ask questions and follow instructions
•    Respectful to others
•    Personable, friendly and approachable
•    Good sense of humour, creative, flexible
•    Personal experience of mental distress, or empathy for people experiencing mental distress is essential.

How to get involved:
Please contact  volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696.

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Grow our Allotment

garden-tools-buying-guideShare your interest in gardening and enthusiasm for developing an allotment by joining our enthusiastic newly formed group of gardeners and support them to achieve their aims.  

What you’ll get from us
•    Opportunity to develop and demonstrate your organisational and communication skills.
•    Share and develop your own gardening knowledge and skills.
•    Social contact and interaction with others.
•    Gain experience of facilitating and developing activities.
•    Opportunity to work within a professional environment whilst making a positive difference to the lives of those living with mental distress.

What we need from you
•    A good team player with excellent communication skills.
•    Excellent organisational skills with the ability to work without close supervision, reliable and responsible with enthusiasm and effective interpersonal skills.
•    Ability to understands everyone’s motivations, and enable the group to come to agreed decision
•    An interest in working with people who have a variety of abilities
•    Be sensitive and have an understanding of the needs of people who experience mental distress.
References and a Criminal Records Bureau check will be required.
We provide regular free training opportunities and reimburse up to £4.40 travel expenses per day.
When
Tuesdays, initially weekly, at 12noon
Place
Rosendale Allotments
To get involved please contact  volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or call on 020 7701 2696.

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Volunteer as a Gallery & Exhibitions Assistant

3Role Description:
Volunteer with some of the most creative and interesting people in Southwark –CoolTan Arts participants. You will be helping us run a small community art gallery. This includes giving tours, promoting the gallery, social media updates, helping to hang shows, keeping the gallery clean and tidy and helping to organise events held in the gallery. You will be supporting adults with mental distress and working collaboratively to run the gallery, hang shows and submit work for exhibitions.

Tasks:
A variety of tasks to include:
λ    Assisting members of the group to take part by promoting the gallery, assisting participants to mount and hang work safely, and encouraging interest in the exhibitions.
λ    Working, as part of a group, to decide on themes for and curate exhibitions.
λ    Any ad-hoc duties that may be needed including light cleaning and tidying up
λ    Promote the gallery through distributing flyers, giving tours and updating websites and social media.
λ    Framing work and preparing canvases for exhibitions
λ    Packing artwork for transport, helping staff transport artwork
λ    Helping at events: preparing and serving refreshments, greeting people at the door and signing them in.
λ    Helping to take down work and store correctly.

Personal Qualities and skills needed:
λ    No qualifications needed, and on-the job training will be given.
λ    Some experience of helping with exhibitions an advantage, but not essential.
λ    Experience of working with adult learners preferred.
λ    Reliability and ability to use initiative
λ    Good team working skills, friendly and approachable
λ    Ability to ask questions and follow instructions
λ    Respectful to others, patience, good sense of humour, flexible, creative
λ    Empathy for people with mental distress, or personal experience of mental distress essential.
λ    Able to work un-supervised once training has been given. You will still be supported and staff are available to help if you have questions.

Times Needed:
Flexible, Mondays to Fridays at least half a day per week. Some weekend and evening volunteering may be necessary.

How to get involved:
Please contact  volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696.

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Photographers needed

Role Description:
Are you experienced in digital photography, want to make a difference and support a small arts and mental health charity in their projects, have fun and diversify your experience?
CoolTan Arts needs experienced photographers to enable CoolTan Arts to document our events, walks and workshops and build a digital photography archive of participants’ art work and CoolTan events.

Duties:
•    Develop CoolTan’s Digital archive – Photograph events, walks, outings, workshops, artwork archive.
•    Upload images to CoolTan’s digital archive, add labels / captions e.g. artist name, date of event etc.
•    Edit pictures for web and print
•    Select images for CA website, online forums publicity, press, magazines, posters    and edit them in Photoshop
•    Create galleries on website and / or other online forums
•    Interact with other volunteers, participants, adults with a wide range of needs
•    Other media duties depending on skills and experience, including web, social media, video, photojournalism and press writing

Skills Needed:
λ    Knowledge of digital photography, and how to use SLR camera digital images for both print and web
λ    Knowledge of PhotoShop
λ    Creativity, PR and marketing skills

Personal Qualities Needed:
λ    Patient and flexible
λ    Friendly and approachable
λ    Good team working skills
λ    Ability to use initiative
λ    Ability to ask questions and take instructions
λ    Respectful to others
λ    Willingness to learn

Times Needed:
Flexible, Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, some evenings and weekends for walks and events.

How to get involved:
Please contact  volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696.

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Walk Leaders & Researchers

Role Description:

GarlandVolunteer with some of the most creative and interesting people in Southwark –CoolTan Arts participants – at this dynamic and forward thinking Arts charity. Do you love uncovering new facts, sharing stories and discovering hidden history? Do you enjoy meandering around London by walking or wheelchair? Help us lead, research and plan accessible community walks based in Southwark, South London.

Tasks:

A variety of tasks to include, (depending on your interests and skills) :

  • Leading groups of people on themed walks (or support walk leaders) in Southwark.
  • Researching local legends, myths, tall tales, art and culture in Southwark.
  • Motivating people to take short walks, including people with mental distress.
  • Helping to promote walks by putting up posters, delivering flyers, helping at outreach events and listing walks online.
  • Carrying out risk assessments.

Skills Needed:

  • Internet, E-mail and research skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Interest in planning an event from start to finish
  • Willingness to take an active role in contributing to the walks, whether that is researching, designing and delivering talks or activities, promoting the walks through designing flyers, distribution of flyers, contacting organisations or documenting our activities through photography.
  • Ability to support the collection of feedback, through actively engaging in the process yourself, and ensuring all our evaluation forms are completed by each

Personal Qualities Needed:

  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Good team working skills
  • Ability to ask questions and follow instructions
  • Personable, friendly and approachable
  • Good sense of humour, creative, flexible

Times Needed: 10am – 6pm Monday, Tuesday, or Friday. Most volunteers do one day per week.

There is the opportunity to volunteer during evenings and weekends.

How to get involved:
Please contact  volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696.

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Cooking Volunteers

Role Description:
Volunteer with some of the most creative and interesting people in Southwark – CoolTan Arts participants – at this dynamic and forward thinking Arts charity. We are looking for enthusiastic, experienced cooks to prepare vegetarian food for a diverse group of people. You will be involved in designing menus, preparing, cooking and serving food for staff, volunteers and participants in our community kitchen at CoolTan Arts.

Tasks:
A variety of practical tasks – choose which you prefer to do.
Tasks could include:

•    Assisting with food preparation and cooking at CoolTan Arts
•    Helping plan menus for events at CoolTan premises and at other events
•    Serving food to participants and volunteers at CoolTan
•    Shopping for food
•    Keeping the kitchen and other food preparation and serving areas clean and tidy
•    Helping serve drinks and prepare refreshments at private views, book launches and other events.

Personal Qualities and Skills Needed:
•    Food hygiene certificate (desirable)
•    Enthusiasm for and experience of cooking vegetarian food
•    Experience of preparing food for larger groups of people (desirable)
•    Good team working skills, reliable, friendly and approachable
•    Ability to ask questions and follow instructions
•    Reliability and ability to use initiative
•    Respectful to others, patience, sense of humour, flexible.
•    Empathy for people with mental distress, or personal experience of mental distress essential
•    Able to work un-supervised once training has been given.

Times needed:
CoolTan Arts is open 10am – 6pm Mon – Fri. We are looking for volunteers who can work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be the opportunity to volunteer during some evenings and weekends.

How to get involved:
Please contact  volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696.

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Outreach Volunteers Needed

Role Description:
Help promote CoolTan Arts and get more involved in your local community. If you are enthusiastic, and love talking to new people, and are good at listening as well, this is the role for you! Gain new skills or build on existing ones, have fun, and volunteer in a safe and supportive environment.

Tasks:
A variety of practical tasks – choose which you prefer to do.

Tasks could include:

  • Talking at community meetings about CoolTan’s services – such as local tenants and residents associations, at Community Mental Health Team meetings or council meetings. Going out to other local groups to talk to people about CoolTan activities.
  • Promoting CoolTan using social media and by distributing flyers and displaying posters.
  • Staffing the CoolTan ‘info stall’ at community events
  • Explaining to people how to get involved with CoolTan’s activities
  • Helping people fill in registration forms.
  • Listening to potential new participants and helping them to decide what they are most interested in doing at CoolTan.
  • Promoting a positive image of the charity.

Personal Qualities and Skills Needed:

  • Basic computer skills.
  • Good team working skills, reliable, friendly and approachable
  • Respectful to others, patience, sense of humour, flexible.
  • Empathy for people with mental distress, or personal experience of mental distress essential
  • Able to work un-supervised once training has been given. You will still be supported and staff are available to help if you have questions.

Times needed:
CoolTan Arts is open 10am – 6pm Mon – Thurs, and 10am – 5pm Fri. Some weekends and evenings may be required when working at events.

How to get involved:
Please contact  volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696.

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Events volunteers

Role Description:
Volunteer with some of the most creative and interesting people in Southwark – CoolTan Arts participants – at this dynamic and forward thinking Arts charity. You will be helping us run our events at our premises on Walworth Road and offsite in other areas of London, mostly in Southwark. You will be involved in preparing events, giving tours, social media updates, helping to organise events held in the gallery and offsite, and assisting with serving refreshments. You will be supporting adults with mental distress and working collaboratively to make sure our events run smoothly.

Tasks:
A variety of practical tasks that could include:
•    Staffing merchandise and information stalls at internal and external events.
•    Helping to plan and promote Cooltan events, such as book launches, our annual general meeting, private views and book launches and sponsored walk.
•    Promoting a positive image of the charity.
•    Assisting with workshops at community events.
•    Greeting and signing in visitors at events.
•    Preparing and serving food at events.

Personal Qualities and Skills Needed:
•    Basic computer skills
•    Good team working skills, reliable, friendly and approachable
•    Ability to ask questions and follow instructions
•    Reliability and ability to use initiative
•    Respectful to others, patience, sense of humour, flexible.
•    Empathy for people with mental distress, or personal experience of mental distress essential
•    Able to work un-supervised once training has been given. You will still be supported and staff are available to help if you have questions.

Times needed:
CoolTan Arts is open 10am – 6pm Mon – Thurs, and 10am – 5pm Fri. There will be the opportunity to volunteer during some evenings and weekends.

How to get involved:
Please contact  volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696.

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Online Promotion

socialmediaJoin Emma for a session of online listing training, letting people know about our workshops, and upcoming events.

Online promotion is our main way to let the world know about what we do and how they can join us – your support is invaluable!
•    Learn how you can promote events
•    Get to know the UK main listing websites and how they work
•    Learn how to write concisely for the web
Suggested times to get involved:
•    Mondays    2-6pm
•    Tuesdays     2-6pm
•    Thursday     4-6pm
Not a suitable time for you? No worries – get in touch and arrange a more suitable time for you.

Please contact  volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696.

 

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Flyering

Another popular way to spread the word about CoolTan is by flyering local and relevant organisations. As you know, postage costs are high, so we really need your support in getting these flyers out.  We currently have two brand new flyers to get out!
Just drop in and speak to our admin team to collect some flyers.
Or contact  volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696.

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Volunteer Opportunity – Admin Assistants

adminRole Description:
A great opportunity for anyone interested in working in Arts admin, administration or reception, or for a charity. Come and help us out in the office at CoolTan Arts, a small arts and mental health charity. Gain new skills or build on existing ones, have fun, and volunteer in a safe and supportive environment.

Tasks:
A variety of tasks to include, (depending on your interests and skills) :
•    Helping out on reception, greeting volunteers and making sure all visitors sign in.
•    Answering the phone and logging messages.
•    Filing, drafting letters and emails, proofreading, filing, photocopying and collecting mail.
•    Keeping the reception area, gallery and communal kitchen areas clean and tidy.
•    IT work, including: word-processing, using spreadsheets, maintaining databases and updating documents, updating the website.

Skills Needed:
•    Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook Express, PowerPoint, )
•    Internet, E-mail and research skills
•    Good oral and written communication skills
•    The ability to support the team with various projects and administrative duties
Personal Qualities Needed:
•    Reliability and punctuality
•    Knowledge of administration or willingness to learn
•    Good team working skills
•    Ability to ask questions and follow instructions
•    Respectful to others
•    Personable, friendly and approachable
•    Good sense of humour, creative, flexible
•    Personal experience of mental distress, or empathy for people experiencing mental distress is essential.

Times Needed:
10am – 6pm Monday, Tuesday, or Friday. Most volunteers do one day per week.

How to get involved:
Please contact  volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696.

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Volunteer opportunities with CoolTan Arts Mobile Gardening Club

gardeningCoolTan Arts volunteer gardeners to bring free gardening training and services to Walworth residents to help improve the local environment.

In a pilot scheme due to launch this summer, CoolTan Arts volunteers and participants will provide free community support and training for local residents in Walworth.
Participants can get involved in designing, planting and maintaining new and existing green spaces in the area, turning them into places for everyone to enjoy and helping to make a real difference to the local community. This innovative project will support the local community in planting, growing and maintaining their own garden spaces. The project will also encourage participants to grow and eat their own produce, while gaining the skills and confidence to transform their own green space – whether it’s a garden, a balcony or pots on the kitchen windowsill.

For the more ambitious there will be sessions focused on the finer points of digging, harvesting, and even how to join the National Gardens Scheme Open Gardens programme.

Research has shown that gardening can help reduce stress and anxiety and also support those with experience of mental distress – as it distracts attention away from day-to-day health problems, giving a respite from symptoms.

If you are interested in taking part in the project please contact  volunteering@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696.

CoolTan’s gardening service has been made possible by a grant from Southwark Council’s Cleaner Greener Safer programme, which assists local residents with funding for projects to improve their local environment.

Southwark

 

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Graphic Designers needed

Role Description:
A great opportunity for anyone looking to use their graphic design skills to help a charity, or to gain practical experience to build their portfolio.

All our graphic design is created by volunteers, and you will go through a discussion process as you create your design that is similar to working for a professional client, but in the safe and supportive environment of volunteering for CoolTan Arts. You will also have a chance to work with other graphics volunteers if you want to, working on designs as part of a team, or volunteer from home.

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