Interested in Volunteering?

As Core Arts expands so does our need for volunteers.

We currently have a highly successful volunteer program for those who share Core Arts mission and values. We welcome enthusiastic individuals who are eager to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for our members. 

  • Work directly with members, often working in a group setting or providing 1:1 support in creative activities and creative work planning
  • Motivate and assist members in their projects
  • Bring technical and practical assistance to the workshop sessions
  • Be punctual, committed and professional in all aspects of work
  • Maintain a positive and supportive work environment for both members and teachers
Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, from the local community to overseas. Many are already part of the art community and some have experienced mental health issues first hand. Please note that background experience in art or a related field of interest is required.
Volunteering at Core Arts is an excellent opportunity for those who are interested in accessing our services but who may not meet our membership criteria.
Volunteers can gain work experience in a particular environment of interest, develop their own skills in tutoring, administration, teaching and reception
Volunteers may also get the chance to participate in external events, perform at gigs, exhibit artwork, and strengthen their own art skills.
Members NOTE: This option is for existing Core Arts members interested in volunteering.

Members who would like to develop existing skills and experience work like activity and training; including contributing to the running of Core Arts through the members Involvement Scheme and Core Council are encouraged to join.
Applicants interested in this option and who fit the criteria should contact:
Emily Cubitt, Enrolment Membership Manager – send Emily an email
Music (Instruments, Singing & Songwriting)
Front-of-House
Multimedia/ICT
Art (Drawing, Painting)
Ceramics
Printmaking
Textiles
Sports

See our timetable for list of courses

Current vacancies

Paid positions

Core Arts Mental Health Charity are looking for a new Community Gardener to join Core Landscape department

 

Are you an experienced all-round gardener and peoples’ person? Do you love the positive mental health impact from gardening and engaging with the natural world? Can you attract equitable engagement to a new community garden?

Then read on…

Core Landscapes is looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic community gardener who passionately loves all plants, gardens, and food growing and can share and pass their passion on for positive mental health.

You will be happy working flexibly under your own initiative, within a project that is constantly adapting to local need and the changing environment. You will enjoy the large amount of physicality involved in this role and outdoor working in all weather.

Horticultural qualifications are noted but demonstrative knowledge by experience is equally relevant.

Community Gardener

Hours: 2 days per week (14hrs)  Tuesdays  and Wednesday  (March to October)
8 months contracts
Based:  1 St Barnabas Terrace, Homerton, London  E9 6DJ
Salary: Self Employed ‚Äď ¬£140 per day ¬†(¬£20 per hour)

Responsible to: Core Landscapes Project Director, Core Arts CEO + Deputy CEO
Applications deadline: Wednesday 21st February 2024

How to Apply
Application is by CV and a cover letter outlining the reasons for your interest in the role, why you would be suitable, and how you would propose working to fulfil this role. Please provide details of two referees. Applications should be sent to gmolinari@corearts.co.uk

Interviews and shortlisting:

The interview process will include asking you to identify maintenance tasks in one of our green spaces:

  • Core Arts new community garden behind St Barnabas Church E9 6DJ (open access 24/7)
  • Wildflower ‚Äėmeadow‚Äô strip in Homerton Grove E9 (open access 24/7)
  • Tree pits along Wardle Street E9 (open access 24/7)
  • Core Arts members garden on St Barnabas Terrace E9 (open to the public Tues-Fridays)
  • Core Landscapes roof garden on Wardle Street E9 (open for viewing on Tuesdays 10am ‚Äď 4pm by arrangement)

Further info on all these sites can be found on our website www.core-landscapes.co.uk

We encourage site viewing prior to applying.

If you would like to view the sites prior to applying, or to discuss any details of the role please contact Nemone Mercer at nmercer@corearts.co.uk

Not sure you meet 100% of our requirements?

If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse work experiences and backgrounds. Horticultural qualifications are noted but demonstrative knowledge by experience is equally relevant.


Main purpose of the role

  • Plan and facilitate inclusive and engaging gardening sessions for Community Volunteers
  • Deliver structured beginner gardening sessions for Core Arts students
  • Liaise with Core Arts member managers on students progression and the promotion of the classes within Core Arts
  • Lead on food growing program across the sites
  • Maintain the high quality of Core‚Äôs gardens and green spaces
  • Collate feedback, monitor and report the impact of the work

Additional purpose of the role

(Shared with Project director)

  • Plan and implement community events, tours, trips, + specialist training days
  • Recruit and induct new community volunteers
  • Maintain a high horticultural quality across Core‚Äôs green sites
  • Propagate, promote and sell plants to the general public
  • Post weekly instagram and monthly facebook posts
  • Promote Core Landscapes to the wider community
  • Occasional help with CSR days (corporate social responsibility)

You will pick up an infant food-growing program within the new community garden and develop it for maximum engagement. You will have good knowledge of the plants grown across our green spaces and be able to assess plant maintenance requirements in the new community garden, roof garden, street work, Homerton Grove and the Core Arts members’ garden to run accessible organic gardening sessions Рadapted to differing levels of mobility, plant knowledge and emotional need.

You will be teaching beginner gardening to Core Arts students on basic soil management, propagation, herb growing, composting, and plant identification and embellish the existing beginner program with your own ideas.


Job Description

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential:

  • RHS Level 2 in horticulture or demonstrable equivalent in experience

Experience

Essential:
With People

  • Experience of teaching practical and theoretical organic horticulture to adults
  • Experience of working with adults with a wide range of learning styles
  • Experience of running outdoor gardening sessions of up to 10 adults
  • Experience of adapting sessions to the individual E.g. mobility + literacy requirements
  • Experience of recruiting + coordinating volunteers from a range of backgrounds + cultures

Essential:
With Plants

  • Experience of growing a wide range of plants in different sites and conditions
  • Demonstrable commitment to organic growing + environmental sustainability
  • Active participation in a community garden, including planning and maintenance

Essential:
Office based

  • Experience of monitoring and reporting to funders
  • Experience of planning, promoting community events
  • Experience of writing educational and communication based material

Experience

Desirable:

  • Gardening with people experiencing mental health issues
  • Marketing and trading (ideally with plants or produce)
  • Project management
  • Promotion via social media
  • Writing press releases

Knowledge

Essential:

  • Wide ranging horticultural knowledge of food growing and ornamentals
  • Understand the impact of gardening on mental health + wellbeing
  • Adult teaching skills to adapt to learning styles
  • Understand climate change and bio-diversity emergency mitigation techniques
  • IT literate: Ability to use Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel etc
  • An understanding of professional boundaries in community settings

Desirable:

  • Have additional knowledge to enhance participants experience: E.g. pomology, wild-plants, medicinal plants, permaculture, garden and planting design, tree identification, propagation, succulents, soil-life, natural crafts etc
  • Be familiar with, and connected to, the network of community gardens in London
  • Be familiar with a range of composting techniques
  • Be familiar with irrigation systems, solar energy and rain-harvesting techniques
  • Be comfortable with book-keeping, spreadsheets and databases
  • First aid trained and/or mental health first aid trained

Personal Skills + Characteristics

Essential:

  • Passion for gardens and green spaces to promote positive mental health for all
  • Enjoy taking initiative, have a flexible, ‚Äėcan do‚Äô attitude and respond to change
  • Personable and connect with people easily
  • Resourceful, multi-tasking self-starter
  • Decisive, fast thinker and solution orientated
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Patient and empathetic, maintaining professional boundaries
  • Have an awareness of, promote and practice, self-care
  • Sense of fun and humour ūüôā

Role Breakdown (approximate)

2 x 7hr days per week

Tuesdays

9.00am ‚Äď 10.00am¬†Prep, plan and set up for 2 x 2hrs volunteer sessions
10.00am ‚Äď 12.00pm Morning community volunteers session

12.00 – 12.30pm Lunch

12.30pm Prep afternoon session
1pm ‚Äď 3pm Afternoon community volunteers session
3pm ‚Äď 4.30pm Pack away session. Plus selection of:

  • Catch up with project director
  • Additional gardening time
  • Comms, emails and prep time
  • Event planning
  • Contacting students
  • Social media posts

(End of day 4.30pm)

Wednesdays

9.00am ‚Äď 12.00pm Selection of:

  • Catch up with project director
  • Additional gardening time
  • Comms, emails and prep time
  • Event planning
  • Contacting students
  • Tours / inductions for new volunteers
  • Monitoring

12.30-1.00pm Lunch

1.00pm-1.30pm Prep afternoon session
1.30pm ‚Äď 3.30pm Structured beginner gardening session for Core Arts members (mental health based referrals)
3.30pm ‚Äď 4.30pm

  • Pack away session
  • Additional post session gardening
  • Debrief with a member manager

NB

There are external trips or specialist workshops for all Core Landscapes gardeners on Wednesdays once a term. This is an opportunity for Tuesday and Thursday people to connect and for us all to get ideas and inspiration from other gardens and gardening tutors.


Core Arts green spaces
Managed by Core Landscapes volunteers, students and staff (2024)

Core Arts
1 St Barnabas Terrace, London E9 6DJ

Our green spaces cover an array of growing conditions in an interesting area in front of Homerton hospital in the heart of Homerton. Including our tree pits on Wardle Street, 7 tree orchard and 60m long meadow strip in Homerton Grove, sheltered and shady Core Arts members garden, exposed and hot roof garden and our new 1600m2 community garden. Across all the sites our aim is to attract as much biodiversity and interest from people as we can to promote positive mental health, and to address the climate change and biodiversity emergencies.

Our organic gardening style reflects this with a ‚Äėloose‚Äô style of maintenance, working with wild plants alongside cultivated varieties and a ‚Äėright plant right place‚Äô mentality.

The community gardening role offers an opportunity to add your own planting ideas to the various areas and to gather ideas from the volunteers and students you will be working with. Though we have a limited budget to work with, we are well connected to many other community projects for seed sharing and plant donations from Core Landscapes volunteers and friends. This is a perfect role for someone who loves people as much as plants and relishes working with like-minded people to improve the local environment for the benefit of everyone.

Download Core Landscape full report here.

Volunteer positions

Sport Volunteer

Job Purpose

Core Sport are looking for several highly motivated Core Sport volunteers to add value to our sporting provisions and aiding mental health recovery through sport. Ideal candidates will have experience in engaging in regular physical activity on a personal level and are friendly, approachable, and highly motivated to get others involves under the leadership of the lead session tutor. Previous experience working with adults with a mental health need of NGB sporting qualifications are desirable, but not essential.

Duties and responsibilities

  • To participate, assist and reinforce teaching points of sport session/exercise class under the instruction of the lead tutor, creating a community atmosphere. Outcomes and instructions for the for the sessions will be outlined before and after the sessions with full lesson plan and debrief provided by the tutor.
  • To respond flexibly to each member‚Äôs needs and help them achieve success towards their creative work plans and outlined goals, which they have set out on induction. This may be providing on-to-one support for those who have additional needs.
  • To meet and greet members upon arrival and registering attendance of each session, ensuring you make introductions to other members and staff/tutors for those coming to a session for the first time.
  • To keep the sports area and storage places tidy and free of clutter, and in doing so be a role model of good practice for members as well as being Covid-19 safe, adhering to policies and procedures in place currently
  • Learn how to facilitate and lead sections of a class to more able or less able attendees, ensuring we are always inclusive to members individual needs under guidance from the tutor.
  • To provide the lead tutor with feedback and offer insight to developing and improving services through own experience and ideas, as well as through interaction with members.

Skills and Abilities

  • Previous experience in either participating in sport or conducting sports sessions that is applicable to the session.
  • A willingness to pitch in when needed and ability to adapt to depending on group attendance.
  • An ability to work flexibly with vulnerable adults.
  • Be friendly, approachable, and highly motivating.
  • Willingness to work as part of team and be proactive in working independently.
  • Ability to record data ‚Äď filling our registers in a clear way, tracking attendance etc.
  • Be able to be part of sessions that happens in the local community (outdoor parks, local venues etc).

Additional Benefits

  • ¬£6 per session paid expenses (please provide receipts for travel and food).
  • Core Arts Members can be part of the Membership Exchange Programme.
  • Training and development opportunities are also available.

How to apply

Please send with your CV and cover letter to to Giuliana Molinari at mail@corearts.co.uk expressing why you are interested in this role and what experience you have in relation to the abilities, responsibilities and skills required.
If you have any questions, please call 020 8510 9990.

2x ICT Volunteers

1x Wednesday 10.30am to 1.30pm
1x Friday 10.30am to 1.30pm

Key responsibilities

  • Work supporting the tutor in their class
  • Help with setting up and clearing up at the end of the session
  • Motivate and assist members in their projects and respond flexibly to each members needs and help them achieve success towards their creative work plans and outlined goals
  • Bring technical and practical assistance to the workshop sessions using your ICT expertise
  • Be punctual, committed and professional in all aspects of work
  • Maintain a positive and supportive work environment for both members and teachers

Skills and Ability

  • Previous experience in ICT sessions desirable
  • An ability to work flexibly with vulnerable adults
  • Three months commitment

General Duties

  • To ensure basic health and safety practices are adhered to
  • To work within the Equal Opportunities Framework observed at Core Arts
  • To follow Core Arts Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policies and Procedures

Additional Benefits

  • ¬£6 per session paid expenses (please provide receipts for travel and food).
  • Core Arts Members can be part of the Membership Exchange Programme.
  • Training and development opportunities are also available.

How to apply

Please download our application form and send it with your CV and cover letter to Giuliana Molinari at mail@corearts.co.uk expressing why you are interested in this role and what experience you have in relation to the abilities, responsibilities and skills required.
If you have any questions, please call 020 8510 9990.

Fashion & Textiles Volunteer

Wednesdays 9.30am to 1.30pm

Key responsibilities

  • Work supporting the tutors in their class.
  • Help with setting up and clearing up at the end of the session.
  • Motivate and assist members in their projects and respond flexibly to each member‚Äôs needs and help them achieve success towards their creative work plans and outlined goals.
  • Bring technical and practical assistance to the sessions using your fashion & textiles knowledge and expertise.
  • Be punctual, committed and professional in all aspects of work.
  • Maintain a positive and supportive work environment for both members and teachers.

Skills and Ability

  • Previous experience in teaching art sessions desirable.
  • An ability to work creatively and flexibly with vulnerable people.

General Duties

  • To ensure basic health and safety practices are adhered to.
  • To be punctual, committed and professional in all aspects of the work.
  • To work within the Equal Opportunities Framework observed at Core Arts.
  • To follow Core Arts Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policies and Procedures.

Additional Benefits

  • ¬£6 per session paid expenses (please provide receipts for travel and food).
  • Core Arts Members can be part of the Membership Exchange Programme.
  • Training and development opportunities are also available.

How to apply

Please download our application form and send it with your CV and cover letter to Giuliana Molinari at mail@corearts.co.uk expressing why you are interested in this role and what experience you have in relation to the abilities, responsibilities and skills required.
If you have any questions, please call 020 8510 9990.

Logic Music Volunteer

Fridays ‚Äď one-to-one experience required
*to arrive 15mins before session and clear up after session

Key responsibilities

  • To participate, assist, and learn to facilitate music rehearsals and recording sessions in the music studio.
  • To assist in the recording of music produced by members.
  • To respond flexibly to each member‚Äôs needs and help them achieve their creative music potential at Core by using the resources available.
  • To offer one-on-one music lessons if and when appropriate, enabling members to learn new skills and apply them in jam sessions with support.
  • To learn how to facilitate and write Creative Work Plans with members (you will be trained to do this).
  • To keep the music studio and general music area tidy and free of clutter, and in doing so role model good practice for members.
  • To contribute to and attend music department meetings, Core Council and de-brief meetings when at Core Arts.

Skills and Ability

  • Highly skilled in playing a variety of styles in percussion instruments, preferably drums, to the standard of a professional musician (‚Äʬ†applies to some roles only).
  • Ability to play the guitar (‚Äʬ†applies to some roles only).
  • A willingness to pitch in and help when asked.
  • An ability to work creatively and flexibly with vulnerable people.

Hours/days

  • To volunteer a minimum of 3 hours from 11am-2pm, or until 5pm if available on Fridays each week.
  • Time commitment ‚Äď minimum 3 months, ideally 6 months to 1 year.
  • Willing to work extra shifts when requested by staff, if available.
  • Music volunteers can be paid to cover Music Tutors if they are registered as self-employed.

General Duties

  • To ensure basic health and safety practices are adhered to.
  • To be punctual, committed and professional in all aspects of the work.
  • To work within the Equal Opportunities Framework observed at Core Arts.
  • To follow Core Arts Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policies and Procedures.

Additional Benefits

  • ¬£6 per session paid expenses (please provide receipts for travel and food).
  • Core Arts Members can be part of the Membership Exchange Programme.
  • Training and development opportunities are also available.

How to apply

Please download our application form and send it with your CV and cover letter to Giuliana Molinari at mail@corearts.co.uk expressing why you are interested in this role and what experience you have in relation to the abilities, responsibilities and skills required.
If you have any questions, please call 020 8510 9990.