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Volunteer Photographer

Poplar HARCA is a Housing and Regeneration Community Association in East London that provides homes and support to residents. Our goal is to create a thriving environment for people, communities, and businesses. Alongside housing endeavours, we work alongside like-minded collaborators, residents and community stakeholders to offer health and wellbeing activities across 14 community buildings and three cafes.

As a Volunteer Photographer, you’ll support the marketing and communication outputs of Poplar HARCA’s social arm – Communities and Neighbourhood – with visually engaging photographs to use on social media and print.

You’ll be on hand to snap various community-facing events/activities/projects working to a brief.

You are welcome to use your camera or our in-house equipment:

  • Canon E0S 80, 18-55 mm lens and tripod
  • Canon E0S M10 + Polarised lens filter, 44mm
  • ESDDI camera light and two other portable lights
  • DJI Om 5 smartphone stabiliser
  • Wireless lav mic

Date: Monday – Saturday (Flexible)

Time: Between 10am – 5pm

Location: Poplar HARCA 155 East India Dock Road, London E14 6DA

Volunteer for this role

Useful Contacts

Sadia Yasmin
Volunteering & Partnerships Officer
0777 941 6360

Description of tasks:

Responsibilities include:

  • Representing Poplar HARCA to its visitors, promoting a friendly and welcoming atmosphere
  • Photographing events or projects and activities and editing images
  • Promoting the programme of events at Poplar Union
  • Volunteering alongside other volunteers and members of staff
  • Undertaking any other reasonable duties
  • Adhering to Poplar HARCA’s policies and procedures
  • Educational backround or experience in photography – amateur or professional
  • Genuine interest in film and photography
  • Interest in community work and who wants to support our mission to empower, educate and bring people together.
  • The ability to build rapport with supporters and volunteers.
  • Creativity and initiative to take the best possible shots.
  • Ability to take direction where necessary from Poplar HARCA staff.
  • Lots of enthusiasm.
  • Reliability and punctuality.
  • Videography work would be an added bonus.
  • Min 4-month commitment.


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.

Opportunities & Benefits:

  • 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.

Volunteer application
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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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