Volunteer with us

Arts Team Volunteers

Our Arts Team is currently looking for enthusiastic and meticulous volunteers to assist with the processing of thousands of entries to the 2024 Koestler Awards, preparing them for judging.

Volunteers will gain experience in a dynamic team, getting a unique behind-the-scenes look at the exciting and diverse range of writing, music, fine art and design pieces we receive. They will also gain an insight into the running of a small, prestigious arts organisation.

We are looking for several new volunteers to join us from late April for a period of around 3 months, 2 – 3 days a week (Tuesday – Fridays) at the Koestler Arts offices (W12 0TX).

If you are interested in this voluntary role please read through the Volunteer Role description, and then complete and send the Volunteer Application form along with your CV and a brief covering letter, outlining your interest in the role and availability, to isobel@koestlerarts.org.uk or Isobel Rahman, Koestler Arts, 170 Du Cane Rd, London W12 0TX.

Please aim to register your interest before the end of April 2024. Please note, you must be 18 or older to volunteer with us.

Volunteer Role Description Volunteer Application Form

Values & Inclusion

    • Empowering the people we work with to participate, share and learn
    • Trusted and relied on by the people and partners we work with
    • Welcoming in everything we say and do – going further to reach those less able to participate
    • Imaginative in the approaches we take to plan, deliver and evaluate our programmes

  • We are an equal opportunity employer and are dedicated to achieving the highest standards of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, beliefs, customs, traditions, and ways of life. This includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or social origin, health status, and economic or social situation.

    We are committed to building an inclusive team that shares a passion for the charity’s 60-year legacy inspiring life-changing art. Every time we add staff or volunteers to our small team it’s an opportunity for us to bring in a new perspective, and to better represent the diverse range of participants and audiences we attract. We strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds and identities to apply for roles in our team.

  • We have a guaranteed interview scheme for people with recent lived-experience of the criminal justice system and offer guaranteed interviews for paid roles to those who have been in prison or on a community sentence in the last 5 years and who meet all the ‘essential’ person specification criteria. If you’d like to use this, please see the application form for the role you are applying for. You can also read how we consider unspent convictions.

Behind the scenes

Hear from one of our long-standing volunteers, Sarah, about what a typical day volunteering with our Arts team might look like!

A Day in the Life of a Volunteer

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