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Poplar HARCA
Poplar HARCA is an award winning Housing and Regeneration Community Association in East London. We focus on providing homes and support to residents old and new; helping to create a place where people, communities and businesses can grow and thrive.

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.


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
You will have a full induction followed by the right training and ongoing support. You will be prioritised for any further training we have on offer.

Time commitment

Ideally, you will be able to volunteer for at least three months on a regular weekly basis.

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.