Islington, Greater London
Voluntary, We ask for a commitment of six months - 2 days per week from 9.30am-5.00pm.
Job description

Internship at a vibrant community arts centre for the over 55s! Ideal for graduates/practitioners in Community Arts, Events Management, Communication Studies, Social Studies and other related fields.


Who: This internship is ideal (although not exclusively) for graduates and/ or practitioners in Community Arts, Performing Arts,  Events Management, Fine Art, Textiles, Communication Studies, Social studies, Learning and Participation, Health and Wellbeing, and other related fields. It is also suitable for someone who is passionate about community arts and working with people over 55.

Duration: We ask for a commitment of six months, during which time volunteers work 2 days per week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) from 9.30am-5.00pm.

Expenses: We appreciate this is an unpaid internship and we do not want you to be out of pocket. People undertaking this internship can claim up to £8 in travel and £4.50 in lunch expenses each day. 

Location: Angel, Islington, London.

Deadline: Monday 17th May, 5pm

Please note:  Interns are recruited on a rolling basis, so if you are interested but not available this time around, do not hesitate to get in touch about our future recruitment opportunities. 



The Claremont Project is a pioneer of high-quality services for older adults and we have built an excellent reputation over many years. We are a community arts and wellbeing centre for people over the age of 55 based in Angel, Islington. We serve members from all walks of life and have 600+ attendances each week with over 35 classes and special events. We work in close partnership with other arts organisations such as Sadler’s Wells, The National Gallery and the Royal College of Music. Our staff are extremely friendly and highly rated by those visiting us. Claremont is a valuable place which offers our members opportunities to live happier, healthier and connected lives.


Role description

This internship offers people interested in working in community arts or related fields (performing or visual arts, events management, health and wellbeing etc) valuable experience and insight into the running of a dynamic community arts centre.

In your role you will be asked to:

- Engage with members about the centre, making them feel welcome and listened to (with a focus on particularly isolated older people).

- Assist the Centre Manager with operational tasks (i.e. supporting regular classes, art exhibition openings, setting up music concerts, collecting data etc).

- Support the organisation with special events and trips (Christmas and Easter parties, variety shows, cultural events, excursions etc.) through research, planning and implementation.  

- Assist with general office tasks (administration, telephone calls, filing, sorting post etc).

- Manage the reception desk (be the face of the centre, communicating with members and non-members about specific and general inquiries).

- Collaborate with the Centre Manager to ensure the high quality of Claremont services

- Work as a team to promote the health and wellbeing of all of our members.

- Research, design and teach/facilitate at least one workshop or group (optional).

- Adhere to Claremont’s Health and Safety guidelines to ensure the safety of Claremont’s members and visitors.

- Help keep the centre and our members safe by enforcing Claremont’s COVID safety measures.


Training & support

- Full induction training on the systems, operations, and organisational ethos of Claremont. 

- Periodic meetings to ensure you are being well supported and the role is meeting your needs wherever possible.

- At least one training course/workshop (more depending on availability). Courses on offer include Relational Practice, Health and Safety, Safeguarding for Vulnerable adults and Mental Health First Aid.

- We are a small team who genuinely care about staff/intern development so do let us know if you are looking for something not yet mentioned here, and we endeavour to accommodate where possible.


What are we looking for?

- A self-motivated individual with a creative flair.

- A strong team player with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.

- Someone with an attentive and resourceful approach.

- Confidence in basic administration skills (i.e MS Office, database entry etc.) preferable.

- A positive, friendly and hardworking individual who is keen to “get stuck in” and make the most of their internship.


How to apply

Please send in your current CV with a supporting letter**. It is really useful to include why you would like to intern with us and some of your ambitions, so we can see who you are and what you are interested in. We suggest your letter is no more than 1.5 pages.

**For those who prefer to express themselves in a different format, we also accept video applications as an alternative to a supporting statement. This does not have to be high resolution, a “self-tape” via telephone is adequate as long as we can clearly see and hear your application. We do request that these are still accompanied by your current CV.


Key dates

Monday 17th May, 5pm: Deadline for applications

Tuesday 25th May (Afternoon): Face to face interview for successful applicants

Monday 7th June: Training day (full day)*

Internships commence W/C Monday 7th June


*COVID-19 Vaccines

Please note: It is preferable that you will have had your first COVID vaccine (unless medically exempt) at least 3 weeks before your start date. Successful candidates who are not yet eligible for the COVID vaccine can access one as a worker of Claremont if necessary (we will arrange this for you). We are happy to offer some flexibility on start date to accommodate this.


Claremont statement – Spring 2021

We welcome applications from people at any stage in their life, whether you want to gain further experience or you are considering a career change. This role can be incredibly rewarding for the right kind of person.

Like many places during the pandemic the centre has been closed for over a year now. Although many of our classes were moved online and attended by 300 members a week, there were still many who were unable to access these services. Additionally, a huge number of our membership fell into the bracket of the most vulnerable and isolated, and as a result we have noticed a decline in mental/physical wellbeing. We anticipate that member’s needs will be higher than ever in the coming months as we grapple with social damage of COIVD-19, so do expect lots of chatting and catching up during your time with us.

The next stage! From 18 May we will open the centre for daily coffee mornings and some 1-on-1 tech support sessions. From 21 June, if government restrictions allow, we will slowly re-introduce most of our classes back into the centre. We will not bring back everything at once as we believe a phased opening is a safer and more manageable way of introducing our centre activities.

We appreciate this is a strange time for everyone (including yourself!) as we transition into the ‘new normal’ and we are keen to listen any needs you may have to make this internship as enjoyable and fruitful as possible.

We look carefully at every submission and will endeavour to respond to each one. Due to the high volume of submissions please allow a little time for us to respond. Thank you!

Posted on: 05 May 2021
Closed date: 17 May 2021
Tags: Admin, Social Care/Development

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