Location: Edinburgh

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, 'Room For Art' is Art in Healthcare’s programme of visual arts workshops delivered by artists throughout Edinburgh, using a social prescribing approach and occupational therapy supported model of one-to-ones.

Making ‘room for art’ and taking part in arts activity can impact positively and in some cases have a transformative effect on health and wellbeing. Art in Healthcare sees this time and time again in the work it does.

For more information about the project, please visit www.artinhealthcare.org.uk/blog-entry.php?post=70&title=making-room-for-art and www.artinhealthcare.org.uk/blog-entry.php?post=99&title=why-make-room-for-art-using-art-works-to-stimulate-discussion 

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer at these free weekly group workshops which are delivered by artists. Your role would be to support the artists delivering the workshop. This is purely an assistant role – you would never be expected to deliver a workshop yourself.

Specific tasks in workshops:

  • Help with set up and tidy
  • Moving tables and chairs
  • Lay out and tidy away materials
  • Wash up of materials and teas and coffees
  • Make teas and coffees for participants
  • Chat to participants and join in with activity to make your own art
  • Assist people with their artwork when required i.e. finding specific materials
  • Undertake the occasional sort-out of materials and help the artist with orders
  • Assist with observation forms and any other evaluation
  • Attend sharing events with other volunteers and artists

What do you get out of it?

  • You will be given one-to-one guidance and support from the Outreach Manager and artists you work with
  • Meet new people and see the impact art can have on health and wellbeing
  • Gain insight into facilitating art workshops and get experience of supporting people
  • Try new art techniques by taking part in the workshops
  • Enhance your CV and gain written references after a minimum of 3 months
  • A PVG certificate if you don’t already have one

What they are looking for in you

  • Great communication skills and enjoyment talking to people
  • A clear and friendly manner
  • A passion for supporting people and an enthusiasm for Art in Healthcare and ROOM FOR ART
  • Reliability and good timekeeping
  • Commitment to weekly workshops for a minimum of 10 weeks (3 hours of you time each week including set up and tidy up)

Days / times / locations of Room For Art:

(the workshops in bold are where they are currently looking for volunteer support)

  • Mondays 10am – 1pm at the Health Agency in Wester Hailes
  • Tuesdays 10am – 1pm at Piershill Library
  • Wednesdays 12 – 3 at North Edinburgh Arts
  • Thursdays 12 – 3 at Whale Arts in Wester Hailes
  • Thursdays 12 – 3 at Piershill Library

Please contact [email protected] with a brief expression of interest and availability. They will then invite you for an informal interview at Art in Healthcare.