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Could arts volunteering be your passport to new skills?

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Sign up for Volunteer Passport – increasing the diversity of arts and cultural institutions
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Are you from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background and want to gain experience working in the arts?

Getting your Volunteer Passport will give you plenty of opportunities! The Volunteer Passport is a FREE scheme run by Southwark Arts Forum and Volunteer Centre Southwark to support people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds with volunteering within the arts and cultural sector.

Your Volunteer Passport will get you:

  • An initial 1:1 meeting to look at potential opportunities which are right for you
  • Placement in an arts or cultural organisation
  • Training and support throughout your placement
  • CV workshops
  • Interview skills workshops
  • Sessions on networking
  • Valuable and transferable skills


You could volunteer with dance companies, design studios, galleries, museums, music studios or theatres.


Volunteers are needed to help with events, exhibitions, back office, social media and marketing, education and visitor experience.

What do I get out of it?

Experience in the arts and cultural sector, new skills and work experience – plus you’ll have fun and meet new people.

How much time?

Volunteering can be very flexible. It could be anything from one evening or day a week to weekends, or one off events. Opportunities can be found that meet your interests, time and skills.

The Volunteer Passport is a partnership initiative funded through NIACE, and provided jointly by Southwark Council, Southwark Arts Forum, Volunteer Centre Southwark and Volunteer Centre Lambeth.

About Southwark Arts Forum

Southwark Arts Forum (SAF) is the cultural agency for Southwark. SAF was set up by a small group of local artists in Southwark in 1987 and now has over 3,000 members. It is a creative network widely known in Southwark and beyond.

About Volunteer Centre Southwark

Volunteer Centre Southwark is a local charity that aims to enhance the community in Southwark by making volunteering easy through promoting, supporting and developing volunteering and active citizenship.

For more information contact Southwark Arts Forum on 020 7231 3222 or pere [at] ?subject=Volunteer%20Passport%20%5Bvia%20Better%20Bankside%5D">pere [at]

Volunteer Centre Southwark on 020 7703 4205 or clive [at] (subject: Volunteer%20Passport%20%5Bvia%20Better%20Bankside%5D)

Mar 19 2013