Spotlight Youth Support Volunteer

Spotlight is a creative youth service designed to inspire. Shaped by young people, for young people and its all free! Spotlight has state of the art studios, film, design and broadcast facilities with performance, dance, boxing, fashion spaces with a cafe, offices and meeting/one to one rooms.

To volunteer as part of a team of youth workers supporting the provision of inspiring opportunities for young people using Spotlight. 

Description of tasks: 

  • To support the Youth Work team and our Partners with the overall running of sessions at Spotlight and maintaining a fun, welcoming, caring and safe environment.
  • To make sure young people find their way to the right places within Spotlight
  • To supervise spaces, ensuring the furnishings and equipment are used appropriately
  • To engage with young people attending Spotlight, building relationships of respect and trust
  • To share important information about young people using Spotlight with the Youth Work team and to assist with signposting young people to appropriate agencies and services depending on their particular issues.
  • To assist with dispersing young people safely and quietly from Spotlight.
  • To be part of the Spotlight team and to promote our ethos within Spotlight and externally
  • To maintain a professional, safe and non-judgemental environment for the young people attending Spotlight and to report any accidents or incidents to the Youth Work team
  • To fulfil any other duties considered reasonable as directed by the Youth Work team.

Description of tasks: Programme Youth Support (in addition to the tasks above)

  • To arrive up to 30 minutes prior to the star of the session in order to assist with set up and to encourage young people in the games room and café to join the activity
  • To assist with engaging young people in the session, providing support to those who need it
  • To build a good relationship with the lead tutor
  • To assist with the take down and clean-up of the activity
  • To feedback to the youth workers on any successes and areas for development from the session


We are looking for motivated, energetic and enthusiastic volunteers. You will have excellent listening skills and the ability to empathise. As you will build relationships with young people it is important that you are reliable and ideally you will be able to volunteer for at least three months on a regular weekly basis. All applicants must be 18 or over.


What can we offer?

  • We aim to provide a meaningful experience for you as a volunteer.
  • You will have a full induction followed by the right training and ongoing support.
  • You will have a named supervisor and there will be opportunities for regular feedback so you can track your progress and work towards meeting your particular goals.
  • You will be prioritised for any further training we have on offer.
  • You will receive agreed ‘out of pocket’ travel and food expenses with proof of receipts.
  • We will provide you with an honest reference regardless of how long you are with us.
  • We can promise a safe environment without discrimination and a supportive space to be in.

All volunteers will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check and to supply references. Volunteers must be 18 or over.

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If you ticked yes you will be required to disclose details of your history at interview stage. Please note that a caution or conviction may not prevent you from volunteering with Spotlight but failure to disclose relevant information will result in immediate dismissal. Volunteers will undergo enhanced DBS checks.
Who should we contact in an emergency?
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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Thom Palser

Youth Volunteering Coordinator

020 7536 8862

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