On Tuesday the 11th February, Goldsmiths Careers Service held a Volunteering Marketplace: Micro-volunteering event. The fair presented many different charities and non-profit organisations whose work focused on 3 key themes, including, Arts and Culture, Active Citizenship and Education, Health and Community. During the fair, organisations brought their micro-volunteering opportunities to students, who could get involved in volunteering opportunities right there and then. Volunteering opportunities on the day included registering to donate blood or creating a small piece of artwork to share on social media. For Arts and Culture there were organisations such as Shapeshifter Productions, and Entelechy Arts.

Shapeshifter Productions

Shapeshifter Productions is a charity based in London Borough Waltham Forest, its aim is to take high quality art to the community, encouraging people to not only support performances, but to roll their sleeves up and get involved, no matter what their age! It provides a platform for these artforms with an outdoor, large-scale combined arts show called “WILDFIRE!” which in 2009 attracted research and development funding from Arts Council England over a two-year period.

Youtube: Shapeshifter Productions

To get involved with Shapeshifter Productions please contact the volunteer coordinator Zara Hussain, at zara@shapeshifter-productions.com. To find out more please go to http://www.shapeshifter-productions.com/.

Entelechy Arts

Entelechy Arts is a participatory arts company based in the London Borough of Lewisham, south east London. Entelechy Arts places arts practice at the heart of a process which strives to achieve a more equal, connected and engaged community, by collaborating with isolated individuals from marginalised and excluded communities. Their work includes Meet Me at the Albany which started from the idea:

“What if isolated and lonely older people had the opportunity to go to an arts centre instead of a day centre?”

Meet Me at the Albany takes place 50 weeks of the year in the café at the Albany. The activities include Meet Me Choir, Meet Me Writing, and Meet Me Making.

To get involved with Entelechy Arts please contact david.slater@entelechyarts.org, or gavin.barlow@thealbany. To specifically take part  in the Meet Me project contact Cara.McAleese@thealbany.org.uk, or telephone on: 020 8692 0231, extension: 280.

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