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Takeover - Young People Volunteer Programme

Welcome to Takeover!

Here we share our latest information about Takeover and how you can get involved if you are a partner, local business, school, college learning setting or as a young person. We have everything you need to know.


Takeover is open to anyone 14 plus from Mansfield & Ashfield to join us to be part of an ongoing arts and creative volunteering and skills development programme.

Young People will take part in an intensive arts and cultural training  programme which includes:

Training and skills workshops, online mentoring, challenge-work experience, go and see trips, entrepreneurial skills, future career and education advice.

Be a host organisation for Takeover: Changemakers! 

Following the success of our DCMS-funded volunteering programme, Takeover, we are excited to announce the next stage of the programme, Changemakers!
Takeover engaged over 200 young people in producing cultural events for their communities, with our last event attracting over 1600 people in Mansfield. This program has gained national recognition from DCMS and ACE and we are due to publish the programme's positive impact in a report conducted by NTU shortly. 
While the original Takeover format will continue with three new cohorts starting in 2025, Changemakers will allow previous participants to further develop their skills and gain experience in local creative industries.
Our first Changemakers course will partner with Portland College, whose original Takeover project created an immersive pirate’s event for local children and was supported by our partners First Art & Nonsuch. Each work placement will be bespoke to the young person & organisation. Captivate, Portland College, and host organisations will collaborate to create these customised placements.
Work experience placements: 1 day a week for 6 weeks between October 2024 and March 2025.
Financial support: 
£1k available to each of up to 5 host organisations to support learners.
Training & support:

  • Each organisation can attend a day of autism training, delivered by Portland College
  • Careers fair style day to match hosts with learners
  • We will host a regular meeting with all host organisations to stay connected and offer feedback + support
  • Portland College will provide transport to and from your venue and also manage learners' work placement paperwork including a skills audit & start and end point evaluation of progress
  • Students will attend with a support worker from Portland College
  • We will arrange time with Captivate, hosts and Portland College once learners have been placed to create a bespoke programme to manage all involved expectations and aims

If you are interested in becoming a host organisation, contact for more information.

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