Arts and Media Volunteers

Based at 1A Arts, HCA’s arts service currently delivers a programme of creative events for children and young people aged 6 – 18 years old.

Take a look at our Arts and Media page to find out more about our work.

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to support our experienced staff team to deliver these projects. No previous experience of the arts or work with children and young people is necessary, just a willingness to get stuck in!

Current opportunities:

Summer Film Project Support Volunteer (young people)

If interested, please email with your name, age and a short explanation as to why you are interested in the opportunity, or call 02074052370 for more information.

Holborn Community Association are looking for volunteers to help assist with the delivery of their 5th annual Summer Film Project for 14-18 year olds, in partnership with Somerset House.

Young people will participate in workshops and exhibition trips run by Somerset House and learn from professional filmmakers at HCA to produce a short film exploring the theme of Identity – inspired by a new major art exhibition at Somerset House, ‘Get Up Stand Up Now’, which celebrates the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond.

The project takes place over six Saturday’s, 15th June – 20th July, 10am-5pm, and two weeks during the summer holidays from 29th July – 9th August, 10am-5pm (weekdays) for an intensive shoot week and edit week. Filming will take place at Somerset House, 1A Arts Centre, as well as locations around the local area.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to increase their skills, knowledge and abilities in film and media, community arts and youth work.

 Responsibilities are to:

  • Motivate, support and engage young people (aged 14-18) during weekly Saturday sessions and/or during the shoot and edit week.
  • Help to set up and clear away the sessions.
  • Help escort young people and equipment to and from 1A Arts, Somerset House and shoot locations.
  • Assist facilitators during workshops and support small groups of participants.

We appreciate that volunteers might not be able to attend all of the sessions, so we looking for a pool of a few volunteers to split time across the whole project. We would like each volunteer to commit to a minimum of three full day sessions.

Volunteers must be 21+

An interest in film, digital media and the arts is an advantage. No previous qualifications are necessary, although experience of working with young people on arts based activities would be valuable. Creative drive and good communications with young people are essential.





Our Time Volunteering at HCA

We (Amber and Eve) spent 5 months volunteering at Holborn Community Association. In this time we were given multiple opportunities to do a wide variety of tasks. Initially, we were nervous to begin our work experience. However the warm and welcoming atmosphere helped us settle in very quickly.

I (Eve) am currently studying English, Politics and Spanish A-levels. I am not entirely sure what career path I want to go down. But spending time at the centre has given me an interest in marketing. This has given me a little more of an idea of what I could potentially do.
My (Amber’s) A-levels are Art, Maths and Geography and is leaning towards a career path in Law. My experience here has helped me develop skills in teamwork and time management.

Our Main Projects:

Our first project was to write a news story on our experience at the pottery class for 6- to 12-year-olds. This was an exciting way to start us off at the organisation. It also gave us a good sense of what it’s all about. Our initial experience here let us understand better the warm and friendly environment here at Holborn Community Association.

Our second big project was to start a marketing campaign for the Londoners film, which was produced by young people on their Summer Film Project 2019. This included making promotional videos, creating Instagram posts and maintaining their social media accounts. Our goal for this campaign was to get from 148 to 500 views on the film. We both did and surpassed this, having around 564 right now. To do this we had to get creative. We had the idea to create screenshots from the film and incorporate our favourite Londoners quotes into the post. This created a very engaging format which, from what we have seen, was as successful as we could have hoped. Running and accomplishing this campaign gave us a brand new experience. It illustrated the different techniques and steps that go into advertising. This will be extremely useful in our coming lives and careers.

Our Smaller Projects:

Along with these ongoing projects, we also had some smaller tasks to complete as well. This ranged from putting addresses onto envelopes to designing flyers and posters as well as creating Facebook events. Having this mix of bigger and smaller tasks gave us a useful insight into how volatile working life can be. However, we did encounter some challenges. For example, working out how to navigate through government websites and deciding the best posting times for optimum public engagement. These challenges pushed and motivated us to find the most efficient techniques. This ultimately gave us a sense of achievement and enabled us to learn new useful skills.

Overall, we are so grateful for the opportunity we have had here. We have gained invaluable administrative and communicative skills which will prove useful in future. Many other workplaces aspire to the warm and supportive atmosphere that this centre has. This makes it such a pleasure to be a part of. Furthermore, it has given us useful insight into how it is to be in a professional work environment.

Would we recommend the experience?:

We would definitely recommend working here to anyone. Especially those wanting to help out the local community or to experience a wide range of fields in one place. We are so thankful for this valuable experience.

Regeneration Vloggers at Bedford House

Written by young person Mia

This May HCA hosted their first Regeneration Vloggers session inside Bedford House with a group of young people.

HCA is undertaking an ambitious capital redevelopment of our 60-year-old Bedford House Centre.  The project specifically addresses Bedford House’s inability to meet the changing and growing demand of the local community. Currently, the building is in a significant state of disrepair and is inaccessible for older people and those with physical disabilities. The redevelopment will be taking place from now until the next year 2020.

The #regenvlog group will meet monthly to tell the story of the redevelopment using our digital media skills, storytelling and create first-hand interviews with staff, local people and the team behind the build.   

It was my first time in the building and I was amazed at how big it was, but the space is definitely ready for redevelopment! Since 1920, Bedford House has hosted loads of activities, clubs and social events for the local community.  Activities, such as our well-loved soft play sessions, have now found a temporary home in Holborn Library.

Watch my 1-minute tour of Bedford House below:

We also planned our schedule for the upcoming 3 months:  

  • In June we are going to get ‘satisfying and smashy’ and get old parts of the building to dismantle (i.e. smash!).
  • In July we are focusing on interviews with staff as the building work kicks off and get their memories about Bedford House.  
  • In August we are getting a sneak peek into how the build is going so far and what the building team are up too.  

You can follow our story on our Instagram @ReGenerationvloggers and on our YouTube channel.  

Children’s pottery classes

Monday & Wednesday afternoon 4pm – 5.30pm

We are currently looking for a volunteer to support our Monday or our Wednesday afternoon pottery sessions with children aged 6-12 years old. Volunteers will work alongside our resident potter to support the children to explore the clay and create their own pieces of work, helping with set up and clearing up of the studio as needed.

All volunteers will need to be willing to undergo an enhanced DBS check.

For further information or to register interest in this opportunity please email