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Would you like to volunteer your time and share your arts and crafts skills?

Creativity Works supports a number of groups that are peer led and have an aim to develop their creativity and support mental wellbeing. We are very interested to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer their time to share creative and artistic skills.

Current Opportunities:

We have several opportunities available now and in new year for volunteers to support creative groups across B&NES.

Here is what one of our volunteers said about their experience of working with us last year:

Being a volunteer artist gave me the opportunity to develop and use previous skills and knowledge. This contributed to an increase in self-confidence, self-esteem, value and usefulness. It gave me an identity and place within the community.

Through taking on this role I could engage and share both with professionals and participants in the groups. I felt part of a creative team. It gave me a feeling of belonging to a wider community and a sense of safety and place. I was enabled to ‘give back’ to those who have helped me using my talents and skills.

This was a truly satisfying experience.

Creative Textiles with Skill Seekers Tuesdays 2-4pm. The group meets weekly and is hoping to continue as a creative peer support group. It will be facilitated by a tutor on the following dates: 22nd & 29th Nov. It aims to continue beyond the facilitated sessions as a creative peer support group. The group venue is at Odd Down Community Centre, Bath.

The aim is for sessions to boost confidence, give opportunities to experiment, share and learn creative textile techniques in a small supportive group. Skill Seekers is a group that meets weekly to socialise, create and develop projects.

Kitchen Creations – Various dates & locations

➢Kitchen Creations Fridays 10-1pm from 4th November 2016 for 6 weeks (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Nov, 2nd, 9th Dec) at Chew Magna Baptist church, Tunbridge Road, BS40 8SP

➢ Kitchen Creations Wednesdays 10am-1pm from 9th January 2017 for 6 weeks at Beacon hall, Peasedown St. John, Nr Bath.

➢ Kitchen Creations Friday 10am-1pm from Jan-Feb for 6 weeks Chew Magna Baptist church, Tunbridge Road, BS40 8SP

The Kitchens Creations courses offer an opportunity to devise recipes by experimenting with fresh, local food. A creative cookery group suitable for those who would like to support their wellbeing, are in recovery from or supporting someone with mental health challenges.

Visual arts, creative writing and dance courses

We are looking for volunteers who can commit to supporting all the sessions of a course. You will be invited for an induction and a pre-course meeting to meet the artist and go through what will be required of you in a session. The volunteer’s role is usually to support the artist in the delivery of the session by helping clear up and put away, help with any literacy needs when there is form filling to be done, take the register and encourage creative participation by group members. This is a good opportunity to shadow an artist and gain experience in creative facilitation. We can contribute up to £7.50 per session towards travel expenses and all refreshments are provided.

Please call Camilla on 01761 438 852 or email camilla@creativityworks.org.uk Or Philippa philippa@creativiyworks.org.uk

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If you are interested in either volunteer role, please contact Camilla via email: camilla@creativityworks.org.uk or ring the office on 01761 438 852 and ask to speak with Camilla or Philippa for an informal chat.

Creativity Works is committed to supporting the professional development of our volunteers offering an array of free training in safeguarding & boundaries, creative facilitation, mental health support and an up-to-date DBS. Our goal is to support volunteers to follow a self-defined pathway of creative, personal and professional progression.

We look forward to hearing from you!

In this economic climate competition for jobs can be fierce, so volunteering for organisations like Creativity Works can make all the difference.

The work you do with us could:

  • Enhance your CV and career prospects
  • Provide references for future courses and jobs
  • Help you gain recognised certificates and other benefits through schemes such as Millennium Volunteers
  • Gain you experience that can help you make decisions about future careers
  • Offer opportunities to make contacts with professionals within your areas of interest
  • Help you gain an insight into community work
  • Help make a real difference in the lives of people in the community

Two of our past volunteers have said:

“It is a way of experiencing ‘real-life’ working situations whilst still having the safety of returning to student life …thoroughly enjoyable and full of learning curves … helped me to develop myself both personally and professionally”

“Working with the children was challenging but great fun.”

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