30 Silver Street, Reading, RG1 2ST

Volunteering Opportunities

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We currently have lots of opportunities for you to get involved at the centre. Whether you are looking for a chance to meet new people or gain experience, you'll be sure to find something here that suits your needs. If you want any more information, please get in touch directly.

Our Guide to Volunteering at the Rising Sun Arts Centre is here and should give you a full picture of volunteering with us!

Current Opportunities:

Bar Team - this busy team is at the heart of events at the centre - from running the bar at band nights to dance classes to art exhibitions. Bar volunteeres usually do weekend shifts on a friday, Saturday or Sunday night. Main duties include: serving drinks; handling cash; taking stock. Full role description available here

Building Redevelopment Team - this team meets once per month to discuss and plan the long-term plans for re-developing the Rising Sun buildings and grounds. We are looking for volunteers to join this team - must have an interest in: planning; building applications; design; long-term strategy for the arts centre.

Fundraising Team - if you are a whizz with fundraising applications and have an interest in gaining fundraising experience, please get in touch. Looking for volunteers to seek out funding opportunities; help make funding applications; write project descriptions and briefs. 

Genius Ideas - this creative team makes awe inspiring giant puppets to take part in carnival parades across Reading. No experience needed. Just need to think big, think creatively, and to enjoy getting stuck in on making incredible floats and giants. 

Maintenance/DIY Team - the maintenance team does everything from mending fences, painting, putting up shelves, re-designing the office area. We also have an annual refurb of the centre - paintbrushes at the ready. We need practical minded volunteers with a can-do attitude to help in the upkeep of our beautiful building

Marketing Team - graphic design, newsletters, logos, web design and maintenance, social media postings, radio interviews... If you have a creative brain and have a passion for shouting about the Rising Sun, we'd love to hear from you. 

Move Up Team - pioneering innovative projects with people with learning disabilities. The Move Up Team runs several arts workshops and clubs during weekdays at the Rising Sun. We need more volunteers to help support these arts activities and in mentor/befriending roles.

Outside Space/Yard Team - this team of hardy handy-people have been clearing the outside yard and have grand plans for transforming the carpark area. Seeking more volunteers to help lug stuff, to help build stuff, and to help with DIY work. 

PA / Sound Team - this team runs the sound and lighting at all live music, arts, theatre, and dance events. Seeking technical volunteers for Fri/Sat/Sun nights - need to have an interest in audio visual equipment to help run the sound-desk and ensure all live performances sound and look beautiful.  Full role description available here

Programming Team - this team meets once per month and strives to fill the Rising Sun with the most innovative, risk-taking, creative arts events possible. Seeking imaginative, forward thinking, driven arts organisers to help make more amazing stuff happen at the centre. Full role description available here.

Volunteer Support and Socials Team - from legendary pub quizzes to our annual Christmas Dinner... this team makes sure our volunteers are fully supported and looked after. 

To start volunteering with the Rising Sun, please email Amy, Ollie or Jon at info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk.