“I got involved with the Old Fire Station three years ago, started off volunteering. I enjoyed it, so I went onto the Arts Training Scheme, focusing on Front of House. I went on volunteering as an usher after that – and then became a paid casual worker for the OFS after that.” – Arts trainee
We developed the Arts Training Scheme to give Crisis clients the opportunity to develop transferable skills in the office, shop, and front of house. Many homeless people have not participated in the job market for some years, and the scheme gives them the chance to develop the self-esteem and resilience needed to meet new people, present themselves as a job or volunteer candidate, and work with others.
”You don’t even need to have an interest in the theatre – you learn skills in finance, admin, communicating with different people. And that builds your confidence and self-esteem.” – Arts trainee
Trainees commit to two sessions of 2-3 hours each week in our shop, gallery, backstage, front of house or office. Each trainee can build their own programme from the wide range of activities available within a busy arts centre, such as: customer services, retail, security, venue management, technical support, arts management, marketing and general administration.
“My confidence has improved, I wasn’t ready to work in an office, but now, with you by my side, I am ready.” – Arts trainee
If you’re a Crisis client who would like to be part of the scheme, ask for Lydia at reception, or speak to your progression coach.
If you’d like to help us continue the Arts Training Scheme, click here to donate.