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 with Rachel, our Volunteer Co-ordinator:rachel@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?

Let Me Stay – A Performance by Julie McNamara

Get to watch Let Me Stay for free by volunteering your time before and after the performance by supporting CoolTan Arts to put on a welcoming and enjoyable show!
We are looking for 5 volunteers to support us with set up, meet and greeting, run our shop, sell tea and cake and be on hand to help our visitors and any questions.
When
Thursday 3rd April 2014 5pm–9pm
Place
CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.To get involved

To get involved and save yourself a seat at this one off performance, please contact Rachel Ball, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk, 020 7701 2696

Largactyl Shuffle @Science Museum LATES Book and DVD Launch

Following the successful delivery of CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle @ Science Museum LATES a book and DVD have been created to celebrate their work.
We need volunteers to help us guide people to the right location.
Attendee numbers are limited, so volunteering your time will give you a guarantee entrance to this exclusive launch event.
When
Monday 28th April 2014 5pm–9pm
Place
Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2DD, United Kingdom To get involved
To get involved
If you would like to help out and get your name on the VIP list, please contact the Rachel Ball, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk, 020 7701 2696

Bake a Cake

Can you make us a cake that we can sell at Let Me Stay – A Performance by Julie McNamara.
We can reimburse the cost of ingredients (receipts will need to be provided). We are looking for up 6 cakes to be made, to feed approximately 40 people.
When
Thursday 3rd April 2014, delivered to CoolTan Arts by 6.30pm.
Place
CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.
To get involved
To confirm your cake, its ingredients and an estimate cost, please contact Rachel Ball, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk, 020 7701 2696

Calling all trained walk leaders
CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle – Welfare and Architecture Walk
Put your training into action, by supporting our Largactyl Shuffle group on their next walk.
When
Saturday April 19th 2014, 11:45am–4pm.
Place
Start location: Outside the main entrance of Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ.
Finish Location: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
To get involved
If you have the time to help us on Saturday 19th April, please contact Rachel Ball, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk, 020 7701 2696

If you can help at all, please get in contact with Rachel, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk

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Walk and talk your way around Southwark

Peckham walk 2013Create, lead and deliver interesting and engaging walks, to help the working community of South Bankside to connect to each other and their local environment.

What you’ll get from us
•    A great opportunity to connect with an area of South London you may not know.
•    Find out about the history of the local area from archives, libraries and galleries.
•    Develop and demonstrate your ability to create fun, interactive activities and walks
•    Knowledge of how to promote and run events and engage a community.
•    Experience implementing a social change project from the bottom up
What we need from you
•    Work as part of a team and be reliable, creating a welcoming and friendly environment to ensure a positive experience for everyone
•    Interest in planning an event from start to finish
•    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.
•    To demonstrate a cheerful and positive manner, whilst remaining calm and friendly
•    To put people at ease by listening, making conversation and answering questions wherever possible
•    Empathise with anyone struggling with depression, anxiety or isolation, and inspire and motivate such people to take short walks
•    To support the collection of feedback, through actively engaging in the process yourself, and ensuring all our evaluation forms are completed by each
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
Introduction meeting on Wednesday 2nd April 2014, 2-4pm
Walks will take place at lunch time on Wednesdays – further details to be confirmed at the introductory meeting
Place 
Introduction meeting at CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.
Walks will take place around South Bankside.
To get involved please contact Rachel Ball, Volunteer Coordinator – rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk or call on 020 7701 2696.

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Encourage creativity in others and be a workshop assistant

Preparing artwork for exhibition3Share your creativity, knowledge and skills with others, encouraging them to achieve their aims, create new artworks and try something new.

What you’ll get from us
•    Work alongside an established and experienced art teacher
•    Meet many new people and help them to develop their creative skills and improve your own
•    Get teaching assistant experience and learn the importance of a safe and clean environment
•    Develop your practical creative skills by learning new techniques and sharing tips and ideas with others
•    Meet new people and be part of a supportive and friendly team

What we need from you
•    The ability to use art materials and have some creative knowledge of techniques to allow you to offer advice and support to participants
•    Good communication and organisational skills to assist the tutor with paperwork and registers
•    The ability to work with others in a calm and professional way, whilst being encouraging and motivating, inspiring the participants to achieve the best
•    Be empathetic towards people who may be suffering from depression, anxiety and/or isolation
•    Physically able to assist the class in collecting art materials and setting up easels and paints
•    Support with light cleaning and tidying duties
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, 1pm-3pm
Place 
CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.

To get involved please contact Rachel Ball, Volunteer Coordinator – rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk or call on 020 7701 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 Rachel Ball, Volunteer Coordinator – rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk or call on 020 7701 2696.

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CoolTan Forum – 25th April 2014

forumVolunteer Forum -1pm -3pm. Training and Support: How can CoolTan Arts support you in your role.

Following feedback from the last forum held in January, April’s forum will focus on the type of roles and activities other volunteers at CoolTan Arts undertake. This will be your chance to come along and talk about your achievements, what you have experienced and learn more about what else you could do.
When
Friday 25th April, 1pm-3pm
Place
CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.
To get involved
Open to all CoolTan volunteers. For more information or to book a place get in touch with Rachel Ball on 020 7701 2696 or email rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk

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Volunteer Training Dates


VolunteerTrainingIf you’re a current CoolTan volunteer you could benefit from any of the below training sessions!

Walk Leader Training – Accredited
This nationally run training accredited by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer focuses on the practicalities of leading a health walk, but also touches on the benefits of walking, route planning and leading walkers with special requirements.
When
Friday 4th April, 10.30am-4.30pm
Place 
CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.
To get involved 
To book your place, please contact Rachel Ball, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk, 020 7701 2696

Facilitating a group – unaccredited
Learn skills which will strengthen your ability to lead a group through an activity or meeting. This session will be led by Karen Unrue.
When
Wednesday 16th April, 11am-1pm
Place 
CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.
To get involved 
To book your place, please contact Rachel Ball, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk, 020 7701 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 – Women’s Day and the LGBT History Largactyl Shuffle walk!

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.Rachel Ball, Volunteer Coordinator rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk

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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!
From Monday 27 January, we are looking for support to do this.
Just drop in and speak to our admin team to collect some flyers.
please get in touch with Rachel Ball, Volunteer Coordinator  rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk

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Volunteer Opportunity – Handyperson

handypersonWe are hoping 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 and re-washering of taps.
•    Clean light fittings and replace where necessary minor parts such as tubes, bulbs and fuses in accordance with safe working practices.
•    General DIY projects, for example: putting shelves up, erecting small storage sheds etc.
•    To clean 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/EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS 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.
Location
Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, London, SE17 1JE
CONTACT: Rachel Ball, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk  Tel: 0207 701 2696

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Volunteering Opportunities on the LGBTQ Largactyl Shuffle Walk!

CALS logo OranFebruary is LGBTQ History Month and every year we lead a walk through London Borough of Southwark to tell the hidden histories of local LGBT figures, history in relation to mental health and stop for short talks, games and frolics.  The aim of our walks is to break down stigma experienced by people with mental distress and encourage people to exercise.
Our walks are researched and delivered by volunteers; join us and demonstrate your:
•    team leading skills
•    creativity in planning and designing group activities,
•    researching skills
•    ability to deliver of mini presentations and speak publicly to small groups
•    leading a learning activity
•    photoshop and designing skills
•    ability to use initiative and inspire others

Our planning meetings take place on Thursdays, 2pm – 4pm and our walks take place on the third Saturday of each month.
We are particularly keen to hear from people with LGBTQ background to support the development and delivery of our next walk, which takes place on Saturday 15th February.
We provide accredited training in Walk Leading for this role.

Personal Qualities needed
•    Reliability
•    Respectful to others
•    Ability to use initiative and inspire others
•    Ability to speak in small groups
•    Ability  to remember and research historical facts
•    Ability  to walk at least 5 miles
•    Ability to support people who cannot walk further than 100 yards and inspire them to do so
•    Commitment to this project for at least six months
Benefits of volunteers
•    opportunity to develop meaningful skills, useful work experience and obtain a reference
•    opportunity to gain and accredited qualification (Walk Leader Training, Public speaking/ storytelling workshop)
•    a safe and supportive environment to learn, develop, share and meet new people

Location
Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, London, SE17 1JE

If you can help at all, please get in contact with Rachel, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk    Tel: 0207 701 2696

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Volunteer Opportunity – Office Administration

adminYour support will ensure our office remains clean and tidy, our doors and phones are answered politely and promptly and our records (paper and electronic) are maintained and up to date.
We need support in the office on:
•    Mondays:  From 11:30am until 6pm
•    Wednesdays: From 10.30am to 6pm
•    Fridays: From 10.30am – 5pm
If you can help us for 2 to 3 hours on any of these days (weekly or fortnightly), please get in touch with Rachel Ball, Volunteer Coordinator (rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk)

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Project Volunteers needed for Largactyl Shuffle

This is a unique volunteering role that is relevant for people wanting to help their community, learn more about the area, make new friends and build confidence. If you are interested in gaining work skills, this role is relevant for a huge range of jobs employment skills from project management, travel and tourism, health and social care, administration, journalism, photography and graphic design.

We are currently keen to recruit volunteers who can help with graphic design, PR, marketing and community outreach

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Practical Activity Volunteers Needed!

40This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to make friends, gain new skills, get into a routine and find out if volunteering is for them.
Help a small charity and get more involved in your local community. You will be working 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 to recruit 2 people for each opportunity so you will meet other new practical activity volunteers.

Tasks – a variety of practical tasks which could include:

  • Helping prepare food such as salad or sandwiches for events and for volunteers
  • Helping set up stalls for CoolTan events and at outreach events
  • When you feel confident – welcoming new people and helping on stalls
  • Photocopying and simple filing
  • Cleaning, tidying and washing up
  • Taking flyers and posters to shops, libraries and other community centres
  • Taking recycling to the recycling centre
  • Putting up posters at CoolTan Arts

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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 Rachel for more details : rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk

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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Volunteers needed for CoolTan’s new Cooking Club

CoolTan Arts are running a new Cooking Club – Better Food for Better Mood.

image009We are looking for volunteers to help support people in the Thursday workshops between 10am and 2pm. There may also be additional time outside of this to help with preparation and tidying up.

You can read full details of the cooking club here

If you are interested in this role please contact clara@cooltanarts.org.uk or phone 020 77012696 to find out more.

 

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The project is supported by funding from United St Saviours, Southwark Council, and Lets Get Cooking.

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Volunteer Film Makers Needed!

  • Do you have film making and editing skills?
  • Do you feel confident using Final Cut Pro?
  • Would you like to help CoolTan by editing films?
  • Can you share your skills with others?

Come and join CoolTan Arts Film Editing Volunteer Group
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Experienced film makers Richard Muzira and Joe Sutton will be leading the group.

Every Tuesday, 4-6pm at CoolTan Arts

What will we be doing?

  • You will get a chance to tell Joe and Richard what your skills are and what you want to learn
  • We will be editing CoolTan films to use to promote the organisation
  • We will be making short films for CoolTan projects (such as a film for A Postcard to the World and training films for volunteers)
  • You can share your skills while doing practical editing tasks for CoolTan (helping other volunteers)
  • We will be archiving and cataloguing existing films and putting them in a useable format
  • Making a creative film based on CoolTan Arts’ women’s poetry book

This group is for volunteering, so it is not for working on personal projects, but it is a chance to share and develop your skills and help CoolTan Arts.

Please let Clara know if you would like to sign up: rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk or phone 020 77012696
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Meeting Support Volunteers Needed!

  • Are you good at spotting other people’s skills?
  • Do you have experience of organising meetings?
  • Are you passionate about sharing your skills and helping others to gain new skills?
  • Are you interested in peer support, and participant led initiatives?

We are looking for new and existing CoolTan Arts volunteers to help support two new CoolTan participant representation and feedback groups.
We would like to have volunteers supporting the set up of these groups, who have skills and experience of supporting new groups and organising meetings – we would like to use your skills to help others learn or share their skills in running meetings. We are at the stage of collecting interest in these groups, and presenting formats the meetings could take.

One group will be a volunteer forum for volunteers to share experiences, organise social events and make suggestions to improve volunteer experience. The other group will be a CoolTan wide group for feedback, to suggest improvements, and to represent the views of participants at CoolTan. We are moving to a new building by April, and are looking to start these groups in the spring in our new offices. Rather than staff facilitating and supporting meetings – can you use your skills (supported by staff) to help these groups get started and run successfully?

Please get in touch with Rachel Ball, Volunteer Co-ordinator, to find out more: rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696

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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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Help us to write and deliver volunteer training

Role Description:
A great opportunity for anyone interested in expanding their teaching skills, getting involved with volunteer management or sharing their experience. You will be working with adults, building on your exisiting teaching skills.

Come and help us to write and deliver exciting and creative training sessions for volunteers. This will help others to get more out of their volunteering experience and learn new skills. You or volunteers you work with may have mental distress, learning difficulties, other disabilities or none of the above…but help build on CoolTan’s ethos of inclusive volunteering by helping to train others.  CoolTan Arts is 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.

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