CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES  

 

Christmas Meal Experience Volunteer

Support our Christmas Meal Coordinator to help organise a fantastic Christmas Meal Experience for local people, aged over 50 years old, who may be alone this Christmas.

You can get involved through the following volunteer groups:

  • Artist Gift Pack Group: Working with an artist to create a ‘Creativity Gift Pack’ to send out to people’s homes. The pack will include fun and inspiring creative activities for people to do on Christmas Day.

  • Gift Donation Group: Working as a team to find gifts for people at Christmas – this might involve asking companies/shops for donations, and/or appealing to local people for donations of appropriate Christmas gifts

  • Craft Group: Making Christmas cards or small gifts for people who may be alone at Christmas

 

Groups will “meet” using video calls, phone calls, or in person outdoors (socially distanced), always ensuring all activities are delivered in a Covid-19 safe way.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email christmas@igniteimaginations.org.uk or leave a voicemail on: 0114 268 6813 with your name, contact details and which of the three groups you are interested in. Deadline for interest in these voluntary roles is Monday 9th November 2020.

Event Volunteer

Support an artist at our events. You don’t need to be a professional artist to do this; it’s much more important that you’re friendly and welcoming!

Tasks may include setting up and packing away the event, encouraging participants, taking photos, registering participants, recording data and quotes.

Ideally, you need to be: interested in art or community, friendly and approachable, happy to get involved with all ages, and get messy, be willing to help, learn, follow instructions and take the initiative where needed.

Availability: Times vary but are usually a few hours on a weekday, weekend or evening. The time commitment is very flexible; you can give as much or as little time as you like.

 

To apply email enquiries@igniteimaginations.org.uk

 

Office Volunteer

Helping with general office administration tasks.

Tasks may include data entry, typing, photocopying, laminating, researching and adding online listings.

Ideally, you need to be: willing to help, able to follow instructions, work alone, have attention to detail and be able to use Microsoft Word and Excel, the internet and email.

Availability: committing to a regular weekly or fortnightly 2/3 hour slot.

 

To apply email enquiries@igniteimaginations.org.uk

COULD YOU BE A TRUSTEE FOR IGNITE IMAGINATIONS?

At Ignite Imaginations we run events and workshops all over Sheffield and the surrounding areas, using high-quality visual arts, creative writing and poetry to help individuals increase their confidence, skills and sense of community. We often use creativity as a vehicle to explore a social question or theme. We strive to provide unusual, inspiring and innovative experiences for communities of all ages and backgrounds; aiming specifically at those that would not normally have the opportunity.

We are looking for 2-3 new Trustees to help govern our growing arts charity and set the strategic direction for our work. We need people with a passion for the arts who are enthusiastic and can bring skills, expertise and knowledge from different professional fields.

You will be involved in a wide range of activities including involvement in business planning, approving policy, complying with legal regulations, monitoring finances, line managing the CEO and supporting other staff via appraisals. You will be joining a well-established board, currently comprising five trustees, and supporting a staff team of five employees.

Interested?

EMAIL enquiries@igniteimaginations.org.uk

VOLUNTEER CASE STUDIES

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LAURA GRAY  

I relocated to Sheffield from Scotland just 2 years ago and was looking for an Arts organisation to volunteer with. After looking at the Ignite Imaginations website, their Community / Events work really appealed to me so I decided to get in touch.

It has been a great experience from the start, and although I already have many years experience in the Arts, I have still learnt something new such as office/admin skills.

The Ignite Imaginations team are amazing. So supportive and helpful, and have made me feel at home in a new city. It has definitely given me more confidence when approaching people in the local area in regards to my own art and design work, and has opened up more doors.

ANGELA HOPKINSON

I first became involved in Ignite Imaginations after my children started school. I hoped to return to work but felt that my skills and confidence needed reviving. I thought Ignite Imaginations would be an ideal organisation to open out new opportunities for me to focus on a career change.

The charity is a welcoming and inclusive organisation, with lots of opportunities to develop your talents. As the organisation covers a varied array of events across Sheffield, this has allowed me to experience a diverse range of workshops and events.

I feel so much more confident after volunteering at the charity as I have discovered I am capable of achieving goals outside of my home environment. I have also improved my IT skills, increased my administrative  experience and developed relationships with artists and the team at Ignite Imaginations.

I am currently applying for administrative roles in the arts and higher education sectors and hope to find a suitable position.

HANNAH HUNT

I emailed Ignite Imaginations when they advertised a film making internship, after seeing it advertised on Twitter. I met with Luisa and we had a talk about what it would entail and the equipment and support that she could provide. As it’s a voluntary position, they have been great at making sure that the internship isn’t interfering with any other commitments I have!

 

My volunteering with Ignite Imaginations has only been making this film, however, after hearing about everyone’s positive experiences with the organisation I am excited to stay involved once my project is complete! I’ve been given training into how to use new equipment, and Luisa has helped me recruit artists and volunteers for the interviews. It’s been great to have the freedom to try new things and learn more about film making, and working with lots of different people that are involved in the organisation!

VLAD COSTIN

The team at Ignite Imaginations was very helpful and supportive, giving me the right amount of guidance and making sure that I found out about any opportunities that came up which were related to my interests. Throughout my internship, I had been given a varied workload and no two days were the same. One day I could be in the office drafting contracts for our artists, making booking forms and contacting participants, another day I could be writing press releases and using Twitter and Facebook to promote our events and liaise with our followers. There was even an opportunity to use some of the experience gained as part of my Psychology degree as I had to construct an online questionnaire that was supposed to measure the impact of our art classes on the target communities.

Having this broad perspective of how work is conducted at Ignite Imaginations, I was pleasantly impressed by their commitment to quality and their professional integrity. Finally, I cannot stress enough what a wonderful experience this has been for me. Ignite Imaginations is a small organisation with a big heart and they have won my lasting admiration.

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