Volunteering

Our volunteers make a very valuable contribution to our work and we are always looking for more people to support us by volunteering their skills and time.

There are a number of ways in which you can support us by volunteering, such as assisting our Music Leaders in delivering workshops, marketing and promoting our services, helping out at events or supporting the running of our creative spaces.

If you think you may be able to volunteer some time to SoCo, please get in touch with details about which area/s interest you and any relevant experience. Find out more about current opportunities below:

Current Opportunities:
Music Practitioner

Background

SoCo Music Project are looking for a Volunteer Practitioner to support our busy team of Music Leaders in delivering high quality music workshops for a diverse range of service users.

At SoCo, we provide engaging and inspirational music activities for people of all ages and have developed programmes that engage with a wide range of groups across Hampshire, including young people in challenging circumstances and vulnerable adults. We are funded to develop activities in areas where music provision is sparse, and we support Music Leaders to develop their practice across the region.

Role Description

We are looking for a committed and passionate person to assist our Music Leaders with creative music workshops in Southampton and surrounding areas. Workshop settings can range from one-on-one tuition to large group work, from structured programmes to drop in activity. Candidates should be confident in dealing with people of all abilities as our service users have a range of needs and can sometimes be challenging.

Successful candidates will be supported and mentored by our experienced music leaders, and training will be provided. A range of music skills is desirable, as is experience of involvement in music workshop environments and/or healthcare/support settings.

Workshop days/times/regularity can vary greatly with each project; however, we would ideally be looking for individuals that can commit to a minimum of 3 hours volunteering per week.

Main Responsibilities

  • Support the delivery of music workshops for a range of different groups.
  • Data collection e.g. conducting interviews, taking photos

Skills

  • Experience of music workshop environments is desirable
  • An understanding of healthcare/support settings is desirable
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Able to work in a team environment.
  • Knowledge and skills in a range of instruments/music/software is desirable.
  • Flexibility and adaptability

Person Specification

  • Good team player.
  • Reliable, patient and conscientious.
  • Have a passion for music.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability and enthusiasm to work with people with a range of needs (i.e. learning difficulties, physical disabilities etc.)

We are an inclusive organisation and as such welcome applications from all suitably qualified/experienced persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

To apply, or for more information about this post, please send a covering letter and CV to mark@socomusicproject.org.uk

Marketing Officer

Background

SoCo Music Project are seeking a Volunteer Marketing officer to support the development, implementation and management of our marketing campaigns for our engagement programmes. In addition to this, the promotion of events, from regular local music gigs to major multi-arts festivals, will be required.

At SoCo, we provide engaging and inspirational music activities and events for people of all ages and have developed programmes that engage with a wide range of groups across Hampshire, including young people in challenging circumstances and vulnerable adults.

Role Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative individual to help maintain and extend the impact of our online content and the reach of our open provision and live events. Essential to this role is the ability to write persuasive and accessible content that will engage our readership and increase traffic. The role will enable you to hone your skills in journalism, publicity and social media and will include the creation and distribution of regular email newsletters, updating and amending our website and social media channels and research of new audiences.

We are looking for individuals who could ideally commit a minimum of 3 hours per week to this voluntary position.

Main Responsibilities

  • Development and implementation of marketing strategies
  • Regular promotion of our engagement programme through online platforms and newsletters.
  • Updating and maintaining website content

Skills

  • Exceptional writing skills and a passion for creating engaging and effective marketing content
  • Knowledge of social media trends and best practice
  • Website development knowledge is desirable
  • Able to work in a team environment.
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Experience and knowledge of the arts sector is desirable

Person Specification

  • Creative and passionate
  • Detail-oriented
  • Capable of working independently
  • Pro-active

We are an inclusive organisation and as such welcome applications from all suitably qualified/experienced persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

To apply, or for more information about this post, please send a covering letter and CV to mark@socomusicproject.org.uk