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Be Part Of The Arts - Volunteers Week 2019

By Culture Central Admin Monday 13 May 2019

During Volunteers Week 2019, find out how you can be part of the arts, by getting involved with volunteering in Birmingham.

Volunteering across Birmingham’s arts and cultural sector is well established, with opportunities at one-off events, at venues and at festivals across the city. Between March 18 and April 19 1501* people, aged from 16 to 74 gave their time with organisations recording 40,353 volunteer hours*. 

During Volunteers Week 2019, 1 – 7 June, which is a chance to celebrate and thank those who are already giving their time, Birmingham Arts Volunteers (part of Culture Central, supported by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and MAC Birmingham), will be hosting a number of events to highlight how people can get involved themselves.

On Saturday 1 June, arts and cultural organisations from across Birmingham will come together for a Volunteer Fair at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 11.30am until 1.30pm to showcase the range of opportunities available. Hear from other volunteers and find out how Birmingham Arts Volunteers can receive training and support, covering everything from customer service to disability awareness. Organisations attending the Volunteer Fair include: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Town Hall Symphony Hall, MAC Birmingham, Be Festival, Jewellery Quarter, Number 11 Arts, Birmingham Museums and Culture Central. 

Also on Saturday 1 June, a volunteer group photograph will be taken onstage at The REP - all existing volunteers are welcome to be part of this mass photograph followed by coffee, pastries and a raffle (RSVP here)

On Monday 3 June, MAC Birmingham are holding their own Volunteer Welcome session from 6pm to 8pm, offering the opportunity for interested people to find out more about the range of roles available at MAC and how to get involved. 

At Birmingham Royal Ballet on Tuesday 4 June from 3pm until 7pm, existing and new volunteers can attend a session on disability awareness, exploring the social model of disability that demonstrates how arts and volunteering are for everyone.

Yvonne Gregory, Birmingham Arts Volunteers Manager said: “Volunteers Week is a great moment to celebrate and thank our wonderful volunteers as well as to encourage more people to get involved! I hope everyone who is interested in getting involved comes along to one of the events, to find out how they could be part of the city's thriving and fun cultural scene. Our Arts Volunteers receive training and are able to add to their own skills and experiences, and of course get to meet a network of like-minded people. We look forward to a week of events thanking and celebrating our current volunteers and welcoming new people to the fold!”

Throughout the week look out for stories celebrating existing Birmingham Arts Volunteers on Twitter and follow #BePartOfTheArts #VolunteersWeek.

Find out more about Birmingham Arts Volunteers. 

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*Figures based on 2018/19 date provided by CBSO, Culture Central (Commonwealth Games Handover and Homecoming; BRUM 130) Birmingham Rep, Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies; MAC Birmingham, DanceXchange and BIDF; Birmingham Royal Ballet; Town Hall Symphony Hall; BE Festival; Women & Theatre.