Interested in “Becoming a Volunteer” with Art Shape?

As an Arts charity we rely on the help of volunteers to achieve our aim of supporting communities, groups and individuals to access the life enhancing opportunities of participation in the arts whatever their abilities and whatever stage on their artistic journey they have reached. A volunteer's support is invaluable to our organisation. 

1. Support us in Marketing our organisation

 • Proactive self-starter (see what needs doing and be able get on with a task without
• Able to use social network accounts
• Some experience with using Apple Mac (creating and amending flyers)
• Help to distribute promotional flyers/prospectus in local areas
• General Admin
• Have a positive phone manner
• Experience in using micro soft office
• Photocopy and collate printing
• Fill and frank envelopes
• Deliver letters to the post office (just up the road)
• Shredding paperwork and take paper waste out to the bins
• General housekeeping - Empty bins, make tea, clear Kitchen, fill and empty dishwasher

2. T- Shirt screen printing - As and when, especially if we are offered a temporary pop-up shop by a landlord of an empty shop (if you are a landlord - click here to find out more...http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent_business/home/2012/september/18/schemes_to_avoid_empty_rates.aspx)

3. Connections Concert: Volunteer to co-ordinator the concerts-  These concerts are run quarterly and take place at the Cheltenham Town Hall. The concerts are highly inclusive and accessible for all. These concerts have been running for over 20 years and continue to provide the opportunity for local bands to perform in front of a lively audience, who just love to get up and dance. We are looking for a volunteer who has the skills to co-ordinate the events, book bands for the shows and create marketing materials with the help and support of the team here at Art Shape.

4. Courses, Projects and Events Volunteer - All the above are held in the community at various venues. You would be there to support the tutor, assistor, and learners within a course, project or event. This can be a very rewarding role supporting staff and helping learners to build on their skills and learn new ones. You will be given guidance by the tutor as to how you can support. This is also a great way to build on your own skill and to learn new ones.

5. Exhibitions- Art Bridge II is an innovative course that is tailored for emerging artists who face disabling barriers. The programme will also be available online for those who wish to participate through distance learning. The Art Bridge team are looking for volunteers to help with their touring exhibition starting in Sept 2016, this will involve supporting the artists to display their work, documenting, mount cutting, printing, framing artwork, setting up and invigilating. Why not get involved you will have a great time.

If you are interested in any of the above volunteering opportunities and would like to be part of the Art Shape team, please contact us for a Volunteer Application form. Once we have received your application we will apply for references, register your details on our database and contact you to arrange an informal interview. Art Shape welcomes applications from people with disabilities.

Call the office on 01452 863855,

Using our general online contact form

Email us at volunteer@artshape.co.uk

Or you can download, fill in and return this text only application form to our office via post or email

Volunteers Application Form 2015.doc

 (The form will download to the 'downloads' folder on your PC - usually found in 'My Computer' and then 'My Documents' folders. We recommend that you 'save' or drag it to your desktop, double click on this file, fill in your details and save again. Then open your email application and 'attach' the file from your desktop).

 “I enjoyed meeting the different art teachers and participants, learning about different people’s journeys through mental health and how creativity has helped them. I’ve gained an understanding of how important these groups are to people, in being able to have a safe space to be creative and spend time away from judgements and their troubles and worries. It has been amazing being able to work with people past their own doubts about their abilities, to give them confidence and pride in what they are capable of creating.

It has inspired me personally in my own art work and improved my confidence working with different people in a bigger group"                 

- Previous Art Shape Volunteer