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Virtual Knitting/Crochet Workshop Facilitator

At Poplar HARCA we believe in supporting our resident’s wellbeing to improve their mental health and confidence in order to become more active members of our community.

Arts and Craft has positive effects on mental health, self-confidence and developing an individual personality. Learning to knit or crochet will help individuals feel less stressed, very creative and fantastically proud of their skills. As part of our online community development we wish to deliver a series of creative workshops over Zoom, which individuals can participate from their comfort of their home.

If you are creative, organised and have strong project management skills then this is the opportunity for you. You will be responsible for the overall planning and facilitation and delivery of a weekly knitting/crochet sessions.

You will help with that first step on someone’s knitting journey and every step of the way after that. The workshop is for those beginners in knitting, learning different techniques as well as darning.

Description of tasks

  • Developing students’ knitting techniques.
  • Providing instruction of different materials and tools.
  • To research ideas and develop art based activities
  • To support individuals with their work/ samples
  • To be responsible for the planning and delivery
  • Adhere to all Poplar HARCA policies and procedures.

Useful Contacts

Jenefa Hamid
Digital Community Projects and Partnerships Officer
07971 590 531

Sabiha Khanam
Volunteering Coordinator
0797 686 4217

The live Zoom sessions will be during office hours however if there is a good uptake it can be in the evenings and we can be flexible.

This is a virtual role, however the volunteer could come to the Hub each time to deliver or record the workshop.


Ideally we would like you to volunteer to deliver one 2.5 hour workshop per week for at least 6 weeks, however the workshop time is flexible.


We are looking for a passionate, creative and committed volunteer who has a genuine interest in knitting and developing relationships with people.

You will need demonstrable knitting/crochet skills, good written and spoken English skills. On occasion you will be handling information of a personal nature and therefore awareness and understanding of the importance of confidentiality is vital.

Some proficiency in IT is required as workshops will be delivered via Zoom. Workshop will also be recorded for later publication on our online community platform and must be comfortable with their image being taken.

This opportunity is ideal for people studying fashion, skilled in crotchet or perhaps have an arts background wishing to share skills and teach others.

This role suits a person who has a desire to develop their facilitation skills or seeking a new challenge and is self-motivated, energetic and enthusiastic. You will be able to work as part of a wider team and bring experience of the delivery of creative activities.


What can we offer?

  • You will have a full induction followed by ongoing support
  • You will have a named PH Contact and regular opportunities for volunteering review sessions
  • You will be offered opportunities to attend training relevant to your role and to centre activity
  • You will receive agreed travel expenses, and can claim lunch expenses if you volunteer for more than five hours a day
  • We will provide you with an honest reference regardless of how long you are with us
  • We are committed to provide a safe and supportive environment.

All volunteers are required to complete an application form, attend an informal interview and give two referee’s details. You may also be required to undertake a criminal record check which we will pay for. If successful your volunteer role will begin with a 1 month trial period.

Volunteer Application
If you are under the age of 18 we require permission from your parent or guardian prior to you volunteering

More about you

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Please provide contact details of two referees who are both willing to provide a character reference. This will involve answering questions on a range of topics from your strengths to areas for development and your time management. Unfortunately we cannot accept references from family or friends. If possible, at least one referee should know you from work, education or volunteering. There are lots of people suitable to provide references, if you are struggling to think of anyone suitable please get in touch and we can discuss your options.
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