Opportunity: Acorn Project Volunteer

Stratford Circus Arts Centre is home to the Acorn Project, an early years arts programme which provides access to high-quality, creative experiences to children under 5 and their families, specifically reaching out to those facing challenging circumstances.

Supported by BBC Children in Need, the project places artists in children’s centres in Newham and Barking & Dagenham, where they spend one day a week with the children and families using the nurseries and centres. We are working with 3 artists across music, dance and visual art, who all have a specialism and expertise in working with early years.

As part of the project we also offer monthly free drop-in arts events for families with under-5s to take part in creative activities at Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Every month is different: there could be messy play, craft, music, dance – or a combination of all of these!

We are recruiting volunteers to support the delivery of these monthly arts sessions.

We’re looking for someone who:
  • Is friendly and approachable.
  • Enjoys spending time with children and families.
  • Has an interest in the arts and arts education.
  • Is happy to join in and try new things.
Volunteers will gain:
  • £10 in expenses for each session attended.
  • Experience working and interacting with young children and their families.
  • Experience assisting in the delivery of participatory arts activities.

Key dates and times

Volunteers will need to be available between 9:30am – 12:30pm on the majority of the following dates:
  • 12th June
  • 10th July
  • 14th August
  • 11th September
  • 9th October
  • 13th November
  • 11th December

There will also be a half-day training session in safeguarding and facilitation, date TBC.

How to apply

If you’re interested in applying for this voluntary role, please email Colette Auer on with a short description of why you’re interested in the role. Alternatively, call us on 02082791002.

Deadline: Fri 8 Jun

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