Arts Emergency

VOLUNTEER FAQs

What does an Arts Emergency Mentor do?

Arts Emergency mentors work voluntarily with young people interested in the arts, humanities or creative sector over the course of a year. Mentor pairs work together to set goals for the year and access opportunities and contacts that they would otherwise struggle to find. This improves their knowledge of, and prospects in, a wide range of academic subjects and related careers.

How much time does mentoring take?

You are expected to have one face to face meeting each month with your mentee that lasts around an hour. In between sessions you may find you communicate by e-mail, skype, text etc. During busy periods e.g. exams, you may not meet every month but will be expected to have face to face contact at least every three months.

If I come to training when will I be matched with a student?

We match students with mentors when we have a student interested in your area of expertise. We always try to ensure three trained mentors for every one student place, this helps us make the best possible match for that young person. Our next student in-take will be in September/October, we hope to match you in this period, if we do find a student match, you will hear from us between September-November.

What is covered in training?

Training covers how we can all share our privilege, Arts Emergency procedures, safeguarding, goal-setting and working with young people.

I have already trained as a mentor and have yet to be matched, when will this happen?

We always need to have three trained mentors for every one student place to ensure the best possible match for that young person. Our next student in-take will be in September/October, we hope to match you in this period, if we do find a student match, you will hear from us between September-November.

I trained as a mentor some time ago, do I need to re-train?

No, if you have already come along to a session, you do not need to re-train. We are happy to give you a refresher when you are matched with a young person.

The training session I want to attend is booked up, is there a waiting list?

If the training session is fully booked, please sign up for our waiting list on the Eventbrite page. If this is full I am afraid you will have to wait until we next advertise sessions.

Will you be holding more training sessions?

Yes, we will be holding more sessions in September/October.

These training sessions are in London, Manchester and Kent when will you be running one in my area?

Currently we are only seeking mentors in London, Manchester and Thanet. We have plans to expand to more locations across the UK soon but this depends on funding.

What are you looking for in a mentor?

We’re looking for people who are reliable, committed and warm. Currently we are only seeking mentors living in London, Manchester and Thanet but we have plans to expand to more locations across the UK soon. Arts Emergency mentors are all different and we particularly welcome those from BAME and/or LGBTQ+ backgrounds. Most of our mentors have studied an arts or humanities subject at university level and/or work in the creative industries such as:

Architecture – Fashion – Comedy – Journalism – Politics & Activism – Academia – Dance – Marketing – Acting – Music – English Lit/Lang – Interior Design – Museums – Publishing – Art & Design – Film & TV – Sociology – Art History – Games Design – Philosophy – Theatre – Music Tech – Classics – History – Photography – Writing

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