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Joining our support network is an easy way for you to help aspiring artists and thinkers.

Our Network comprises thousands of volunteers from the creative and cultural sectors. The only criteria for joining are that you love the arts and humanities and are willing to do what you can to break down the barriers to entry.

To sign up please fill in the form below. It should take around five minutes to complete. We’ll send you a regular newsletter with a wish list of requests from our Young Talent and ways you can support them to take their next steps. We’ll also invite you to share advice, tickets and entry level jobs.

The information collected in this form will be used to help us to organise opportunities for our young people. We ask for your educational pathway and current occupation so that if a young person is looking for advice about a specific course or workplace we can reach out to you.

If you are interested in mentoring with us, join the Network and you'll be the first to know when we're recruiting!

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Contact Information

For example she/her, he/him, they/them – so we know how to refer to you when introducing you to a young person.

What do you do?
We ask for information about your educational pathway and current occupation so that if a young person is looking for advice about a specific course or career we can reach out to you.
Enter the name of the organisation you work for. If you’re self-employed or freelance you can leave this blank.
For example, you may be an artist in addition to working for your employer. If this question isn’t relevant you can leave it blank.
For example peer organised or non-accredited programmes.

Our current projects

The Arts Emergency Network is a national community with opportunities to support our work wherever you're based. Our aim is to launch in new locations regularly and we will contact our Network members whenever we're preparing to launch a project.

We are currently running mentoring projects in London, Brighton, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

Please select below if you are based in one of these locations and could offer real-life opportunities or mentoring in the area. If you're not please leave the next question blank.
If you have any issues using this form please contact us at

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Equality and Diversity Monitoring
Arts Emergency is committed to being an equitable and supportive Network. To help us track our progress, please complete this section. Your information is anonymous and kept strictly confidential, it will only be used to provide an analysis of our work.
You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ adverse effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.
Code of Conduct

This behaviour code outlines the conduct Arts Emergency expects from all our staff and volunteers.

The behaviour code aims to help us protect children and young people from abuse and reduce the possibility of unfounded allegations being made. It has been informed by the views of children and young people. Arts Emergency is responsible for making sure everyone taking part in our organisation has seen, understood and agreed to follow the code of behaviour, and that they understand the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. 

The role of staff and volunteers

In your role at Arts Emergency you are acting in a position of authority and have a duty of care towards the children and young people we work with. You are likely to be seen as a role model and are expected to act appropriately. 


You are responsible for: 

  • prioritising the welfare of young people

  • providing a safe environment for young people

o ensuring equipment is used safely and for its intended purpose 

o having good awareness of issues to do with safeguarding and child protection and taking action when appropriate. 

  • following our principles, policies and procedures 

o including our policies and procedures for child protection/safeguarding, whistleblowing and online safety  

  • staying within the law at all times  

  • modelling good behaviour for young people to follow

  • challenging all unacceptable behaviour and reporting any breaches to the Head of Programmes  

  • reporting all concerns about abusive behaviour, following our safeguarding and child protection procedures

 o this includes behaviour being displayed by an adult or child and directed at anybody of any age. 

  • You may only let a young person under the age of 18 have your personal contact details (mobile number and emails)  if you are mentoring them, if you are offering them support supervised by their mentor, or if you are offering an Arts Emergency approved work experience placement.


You should:

  • treat young people fairly and without prejudice or discrimination  

  • understand that children and young people are individuals with individual needs

  •  respect differences in gender, sexual orientation, culture, race, ethnicity, disability and religious belief systems, and appreciate that all participants bring something valuable and different to the group/organisation  

  • challenge discrimination and prejudice. Encourage young people and adults to speak out about attitudes or behaviour that makes them uncomfortable

  • exercise caution when you are discussing sensitive issues with children or young people

  • ensure your contact with young people is appropriate and relevant to the work of the project you are involved in

  •  ensure that whenever possible, there is more than one adult present during activities with children and young people

o if a situation arises where you are alone with a young person, such as during mentoring, ensure that you are within sight or hearing of other adults.

 o if a child specifically asks for or needs some individual time with you, ensure other staff or volunteers know where you and the child are.  

  • only provide personal care in an emergency and make sure there is more than one adult present if possible

 o unless it has been agreed that the provision of personal care is part of your role and you have been trained to do this safely. 


You should: 

  • listen to and respect young people at all times  

  • value and take young people’s contributions seriously, actively involving them in planning activities wherever possible

  • respect a young person’s right to personal privacy as far as possible.

 o if you need to break confidentiality in order to follow child protection procedures, it is important to explain this to the young person at the earliest opportunity. 

Unacceptable behaviour

When working with young people, you must not:

  • allow concerns or allegations to go unreported

  • take unnecessary risks  smoke, consume alcohol or use illegal substances

  • develop inappropriate relationships with young people  

  • make inappropriate promises to young people

  • engage in behaviour that is in any way abusive

 o including having any form of sexual contact with a child or young person.  

  • contact with them via a personal social media account

  • act in a way that can be perceived as threatening or intrusive

  • patronise or belittle children and young people  make sarcastic, insensitive, derogatory or sexually suggestive comments or gestures to or in front of children and young people

Upholding this code of behaviour

You should always follow this code of behaviour and never rely on your reputation or that of our organisation to protect you.

If you have behaved inappropriately you will be subject to our disciplinary procedures. Depending on the seriousness of the situation, you may be asked to leave Arts Emergency. We may also make a report to statutory agencies such as the police and/or the local authority child protection services.

If you become aware of any breaches of this code, you must report them to the Head of Programmes, Carys Nelkon If necessary you should follow our whistleblowing procedure and safeguarding and child protection procedures. 

Wish List Guidance

If the young person is under 18, we will introduce you to them over email and cc in their mentor. Please keep them included in all your communications. 

If you are introduced to a young person under the age of 18, you must only communicate in the following ways:

o Over email. In this instance a DBS’d Arts Emergency mentor or member of staff must be copied in at all times

o  Over video call. In this instance a DBS’d Arts Emergency mentor or member of staff must also be included in the call. Ideally the mentor or staff member would set up the call

Do not interact with the young person you are introduced to over social media.

If you are worried about the welfare of the young person you have been introduced to, or believe that they are a victim of abuse, please contact Arts Emergency’s Designated Safeguarding Officer, Carys Nelkon and report your concern here:

How we use your information

The information collected in this form is used to contact you with requests from the young people we support, invite you to relevant training, match potential mentors to students and to keep you updated on our work.

In addition, we would like to email you about ways to support us, such as crowdfunding new local projects. Please tick below if you consent to these emails. You can read our full Privacy Policy on our website at

Support our work

Small, monthly donations underpin all our work. Just £5 a month can fund the mentors, networks and opportunities that transform a young person's life chances. Please include a monthly donation if you're able to.
Thank you so much! Your support will ensure people from all backgrounds can make a breakthrough in their dream creative industry, and enrich all our lives in doing so. 
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