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Arts Development offer a number of volunteer opportunities and will be looking at developing volunteer policy and programmes in 2011.

Volunteer profile – Jane Ronie
Volunteering at WhiteSpace offers so many opportunities and a wealth of experience hard to come by in many other sectors. We believe in supporting our volunteers to enable them to move forward, learning new skills which can be applied in many aspects of everyday life as well as building up specialist skills.

Jane Ronie has been volunteering with the Arts Development team at WhiteSpace and in community venues for a year. Jane started as a participant in our Fused and Stained Glass classes several years ago and has continued to build her skills within this field ever since. Within her volunteering role Jane has been involved in several fused and stained glass workshops; assisting with session plans and ordering materials. Currently Jane is leading a Glass class with the Torry Arts Group in their local Community Centre.

Volunteering has changed Jane’s attitude towards her own practice and the skillbase she now has, she says she now has the confidence to deal with the public and has more confidence in her own abilities; “Working in arts, without an official arts qualification can be difficult, however the range of exposure to different art activities given by the staff at WhiteSpace does help to bridge this gap.”

Jane has now organised the Summer Workshops for her son’s school and has used skills learnt during kids casting workshops at Whitespace in workshops.

Jane says “ I would definitely recommend volunteering to others and I would suggest one highly important aspect of Arts Development is to experience working within the city centre programme and out in the community as both offer vastly different but equally enriching experiences.”


Volunteer profile Kathleen Ross

My first experience of being involved with Arts Development was through the encouragement of a friend, I attended an art class last January (2010) at Tullos Community Centre. I wanted to do something interesting, whilst learning new skills and meeting new people. I enjoyed taking part in the glass workshop and quickly felt at ease with the group and artists I was working with. An opportunity then came up later in the year to take a more active role within the Torry Gala. Arts Development staff worked with our group to offer training, mentoring and support locally to deliver a printing portrait workshop available to the wider Torry community. At the time, I was very nervous at the thought of interacting with new people and larger groups, but I felt I was ready to embrace something that personally challenged me.

After the Gala event, I got a buzz from such a positive and rewarding experience and I have since developed and helped with a range of tasks. During the ‘Our Story’ Summer Parade Project I helped prepare for workshops, organised materials, prepared examples, templates, and helped to finish off brooches, banners and t -shirts ready for the parade. I also helped to deliver workshops alongside other volunteers and artists in my own community, supporting young people from Torry to take part in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. I have really enjoyed the working environment at WhiteSpace, helping to make up craft activity packs to support the recent Open Day made me feel part of a working team. As a result of my experience within such a friendly, welcoming team I have felt at home and I now feel less afraid of the thought of going back to work. My involvement has helped me slow down and feel less rushed, I can see the value in taking time to enjoy and complete tasks to a professional standard.
“volunteering has definitely made me feel more confident and resourceful. I am really enjoying my involvement with the Arts Development team through participating in workshops, training, projects and more recently volunteering. If you are ever given such an opportunity grab it with both hands”
As a result of my involvement and opportunity to become a community volunteer, I am now an active member of the Torry Arts Forum. Through the Torry Arts group and with support from Arts Development I have taken part in a number of events over the last 6 months in Torry. My most recent project as a Community Volunteer is through the ‘Our Story’ Intergenerational Art Project, where I continue to work alongside professional artists to gain new skills like constructing books, sewing techniques and collage that I can pass on to young people taking part in the art project. I now continue to make and create at home with my own daughter and niece.

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