What next for PD Volunteers?

This is always an interesting time of year, we’ve almost finished this years programme for our lovely volunteers and it’s time for me to reflect on the wonderful support they have given us over this year and also think about what next?

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We’ve been spoilt in the last two years with a really strong group of volunteers who have fully engaged and involved themselves in every project and opportunity that we have requested of them (or they have asked for)  It’s at this time of year we have to start thinking about recruiting our next team and this is exciting but also challenging.  Often those that make great volunteers are already busy and committed to other things which makes giving more time tricky.  And finding people can be another challenge; looking in the right places and getting the word out all over can be hard to do with a small team. We have great connections with the University, colleges and lots of arts and voluntary organisations  but getting a new cohort together definitely takes time.

The other exciting part of the next step is designing what our next programme of opportunities will look like.  Our volunteers have the chance to experience a whole range of really useful arts based training opportunities provided by members of our team but also from some really brilliant partner organisations.  In the past this has ranged from project management and child protection to marketing and creative consultation.  An important part of this programme is the ability to listen to our volunteers and establish what they would like to know more about, how they wish to develop and what skills they want to have as well as ensuring what is on offer is a good range of transferrable skills that can be used in other employment going forwards.

I look forward to the next steps with anticipation and excitement, who knows what will happen next and who we will meet!

If you are interested in volunteering with Plymouth Dance contact Gemma on – volunteering@plymouthdance.org.uk.


Two for tea?

So the main part of my role at Plymouth Dance is to rope our lovely pool of volunteers into lots of projects and events.  I also spend time looking for other opportunities for them to help out other arts partners in the city or at events where bodies are needed.  It can be a challenging role, volunteering is after all voluntary!…so sometimes despite being super amazing the volunteers are busy with other commitments and performances and this means I have to always be on the lookout for people to support us and join the team.


Two of our volunteers having fun at a Creative Consultation training session.

Over the last month I have mostly been focussing on Tea Dance With a Twist! (TDT!) a project where we need LOTS volunteers to support people in getting together and having a nice time dancing, drinking tea, eating cake and being around live music, people and dance.  The project is going to be really fun and potentially will kickstart lots of other similar events as well.  To support TDT! there is currently a Crowdfunder and I was able to spend some time this month making the film to promote the Crowdfunder and working towards recruiting a team of volunteers to come and take part in the event too.

My role can be very varied and I can go between looking for people to support and outdoors festival, to backstage crew, to marketing support, event hosts to historical experts.  In exchange we develop opportunities and training for the volunteers to extend their own skills and grow, it’s really exciting to see how members of the team really flourish over the  time they volunteer with us and I am excited to see what TDT! will bring to the mix!

Gemma Ward

Volunteer Coordinator

If you would be interested in joining our wonderful team of volunteers please contact Gemma by emailing volunteering@plymouthdance.org.uk