Volunteer opportunities at Create

VOLUNTEER

Volunteering is a great way to support Create. We invest in our volunteers and provide opportunities for them to use their skills, develop new ones and gain experience.

There are plenty of ways to get involved with CREATE. We’re always looking for new volunteers to join our team to make our programmes and activities possible and to help us fundraise to support our vision. We are currently looking to recruit volunteers for the following roles:

1. Youth Arts Drop-In Volunteer
2. Arts Workshop Volunteer
3. Create Board of Trustees

Please read the role descriptions below and complete the application form to apply.

Youth Arts Drop In Volunteer

Create are looking for volunteers to support their Create Cafe nights. The cafe’s offer a free creative space for 12-21 year olds to express themselves through music or art and to connect with friends.

Main Duties:

  • To assist in set up and ensure the space is safe/welcoming
  • To assist with the running and delivery of the Create Cafe nights
  • To facilitate/participate in games, activities, and discussions with young people
  • To assist in clean-up and debrief after each cafe
  • To be vigilant to any safeguarding or health and safety concerns

As well as looking for volunteers who are able to assist with the practical and safety elements of the cafes, we are looking for volunteers who would be willing to take the lead in running different activities, such as arts and crafts, or music activities.

The Cafe runs every second Friday of the month 730-10pm. Volunteers are expected to attend from 7-10.30pm. A minimum of 2 cafes per month is required for volunteers.

We’re looking for volunteers with the following skills, attitudes and experience for this role:

Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive relationships with young people
  • Creative skills are desired but not essential

Attitudes

  • Are enthusiastic about the values, vision and ethos of Create Paisley
  • Enjoys the experience of working with young people and demonstrates an interest in supporting their personal development.
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Willing to take any identified training.

Experience

  • Experience of working with young people and as part of a team.

Arts Workshop Volunteer

Create are looking for volunteers to support their array of arts workshops that offer a a free creative space for 12-21 year olds to express themselves through music, art, filmmaking, photography and beyond.

Main Duties:

  • To support the coordinator in running activities with young people/meet at the start of each workshop to discuss the session plan
  • To assist the coordinator in preparation and setting-up of equipment/materials and clearing away at the end of the session
  • To ensure the space is safe/welcoming
  • To facilitate/participate in games, activities, and discussions with young people
  • To be vigilant to any safeguarding or health and safety concerns
  • To share any creative skills you may have – art, music, songwriting, photography, filmmaking etc
  • To participate in any training as required
  • To help build skills and confidence in young people
  • To help young people use their skills to engage in their local community

Events & Workshops:

  • Young Creators sessions – co-design workshops with young people who plan and curate their own creative events (film festivals, writers groups, music gigs) – Weekly on Thursdays 5.30pm-8.30pm
  • Couch & Canvas drop-in sessions – young people are encouraged to make art, collaborate and connect with friends, and overall develop their creativity. – Weekly on Mondays 4pm-6.30pm
  • We also have one-off events that will be curated by our Young Creators group, as well as training days for young people, and celebratory, team-building nights (bowling, laser-tag etc). These dates will be decided by the coordinator depending on the availability of volunteers.

We’re looking for volunteers with the following skills, attitudes and experience for this role:

Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive relationships with young people
  • Creative skills are desired but not essential

Attitudes

  • Enthusiastic about the values and ethos of Create Paisley
  • Enjoys the experience of working with young people and demonstrates an interest in supporting their personal development.
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Willing to take any identified training.

Experience

  • Experience of working with young people and as part of a team
  • An interest in the arts – film, music, art etc

Board Member

Established in 2009, CREATE Paisley is an innovative youth project at the heart of Renfrewshire (Paisley) which seeks to see young people transformed through creativity, community, confidence and finding their voice.

Create Paisley is founded upon a Christian ethos. The events and activities which Create run, are not evangelistic, but are underpinned by five of what we believe are God’s values in the world; love, justice, community, empowerment, and, last but not least, creativity.

CREATE has worked with thousands of young people over the last 9 years, providing safe, creative spaces and opportunities for young people through youth drop ins, open mic nights, creative arts workshops, youth forums, youth volunteering and supporting young people to make a difference. CREATE’s activities are supported by a Project Manager and a dedicated team of 30 volunteers.

Future Plans

As a result of a strategic review over the last 12 months, CREATE has developed a new vision statement, defined social objectives and written a 3 year business plan with ambitious goals to reach our vision through developing our staffing team, income generation whilst ensuring we maintain our community development approach and that programmes and approaches reflect the current needs.

We currently have an exciting opportunity to recruit Trustees to join the Board of CREATE. We are looking for individuals who have an interest in enriching the lives of young people in Paisley through partnering in our vision and values and offering their skills and experience to help the organisation grow and develop. The current skills we have identified a need for are:

  • Finance and Governance
  • Fundraising / Income Generation
  • Social Enterprise and Business Development
  • Legal / HR
  • Policy and Procedures / Risk Management

Commitment

The board meets every 2 months usually on a Tuesday evening.   Board members are expected to spend around 4 hours per month in their role at meetings, sub-committees, prepwork etc. These board vacancies are key to the future development and ambitions of CREATE and will help deliver on the three year Business Plan and set the strategic direction of CREATE. In addition to its governing and leadership role, the board has responsibility for the management and support of the staff team.

Application Process

Please note this is a voluntary position; however, reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. If you have the skills, experience and enthusiasm to contribute to governing and developing CREATE, or if you have any questions related to this advert, please email: board@createpaisley.org.uk.

Applications should take the form of an up to date CV and completion of our volunteer application including setting out your relevant skills and experiences, and why you are keen to be considered for the role as Trustee of CREATE Paisley.

Young Creators

As well as our adult volunteers, young people volunteer at CREATE, help shape our programmes, share their ideas and lead the direction of what we do. In order to support young volunteers at CREATE, we are currently running Young Creators to work alongside young people at CREATE to design and run events and workshops that they want to see happen. We are always looking for young people with a desire to improve their community to make Create a better place to get involved. For more on Young Creators and to get involved, click here.