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Takeover- Young People Volunteer Programme


TAKEOVER aimed at young people aged 14plus from Ashfield and Mansfield

Takeover will be led by the voices of creative young people, fostering meaningful opportunities & devising a youth led festival to increase civic pride. Takeover will create targeted volunteering opportunities to develop their creativity & culture, supporting their talent potential, leadership & employability skills. Getting involved in production, front of house, marketing, digital campaigns, performance & presenting a festival in their local community. 

Takeover will create volunteering challenges, peer mentoring & coaching led by leading cultural professionals with collaborations from across the county & the East Midlands, reflective of the diversity & personal needs of the yp. 


Takeover is recruiting young people 14 plus from Mansfield and Ashfield

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

Young People will take part in an intensive 3-month arts and cultural training  programme as well as a youth-led festival outside of school hours which includes:

Training and skills workshops, Online mentoring, Challenge-Work experience, Go and See trips, Entrepreneurial skills, Future career and education advice, Be part of planning and delivering a large-scale Youth Festival in 2024!

How to get involved?

If you over 14 or over and want to get involved? 

We are currently looking for young people from 14yrs to start the project from September- we will meet with young people every 3 weeks on a Thursday evening starting from Thursday 22 September with all young people having the opportunity to have a dedicated mentor and meet over online video. 

For more information develop your skills & volunteering experience get in touch with

Community Challenge (Volunteering Experience for young people), we are looking for local ROLE OWNERS 

If you are a local arts and cultural organisation, venue or artist-led organisation, we would love you to get involved as a ROLE OWNER, hosting a young person to gain volunteering experience as part of Takeover.

What is Community Makers? 
Community Makers is the online platform from Inspire used to recruit volunteers. Volunteering opportunities are uploaded there as ‘challenges’ which prospective volunteers can then accept.Community Makers Website

Schedule for Year 1: end of Sep-Dec 2022, Jan-March 23.  

WHAT IS A ROLE OWNER? A Role Owner is a person who takes overall responsibility for a role. They work with Takeover Team/ Project Co-ordinator and the Volunteer and Membership Officer (VMO) to write the role description, prepare the training plan and write any risk assessment needed for the volunteering activity.
As a Role Owner, there are 2 ways you can offer a Challenge: 
1.  Please share with us a volunteering role you already have in mind, for example box office support, helping at a specific event,  working with a school to help run a workshop or helping send out promotional material. 
2.  Please tell us what your company offers, the Takeover team will then put the young person in touch with you and we will work with you to create a bespoke volunteering role for them. 
Types of Roles: Here are some ideas around the kinds of roles you could offer; it works best if the role is specific, i.e. Box office and ticketing support, Event Management, Fundraising, Gardening, Reading/Storytelling, Researching, Supporting schools, Working with Children 0-5yrs, Working with Children 6-12yrs, Working with Young People, helping create a new exhibition space
DURATION OF THE ROLE: The Challenge can be weekly, one-off, half a day, a bespoke project or however best this works for the ROLE OWNER. We will have a new cohort of young people every 3 months. Therefore, the direction needs to be less than 2.5 months.


•          Fill in the Takeover Community Makers Challenge Form (see separate Challenge-Role Owner form)-see belowForm Role Owner Challenge

•          Takeover Team, will create an advert on the website (we will have a dedicated page for Takeover)
•          Takeover Team will talk to the ROLE OWNER (Challenge lead) to check if any training is required for the young person as well as ask that the ROLE OWNER to provide relevant documents & systems in place (see below systems section)
•          Takeover Team introduce young person(s) to their ROLE OWNER
•          Host either sets the Challenge or works with the young person to create a bespoke challenge based on the young person's needs and desires
•          Takeover team has regular 'check ins' with the ROLE OWNER and young person
•          ROLE OWNER fills in an evaluation form once yp finished
Expenses: the young people will be coming from Ashfield & Mansfield; there is an access pot for young people if they need to travel or need assistance. However, Challenges will need to be based in North Notts or Nottingham 
Age: Takeover is aimed at yp from 14 plus; please state on the form attached if you need additional support if a child is under 16. We will be seeking parental permission when the yp signs up for Takeover. 
DOCUMENTS & SYSTEMS IN PLACE: All ROLE OWNERS will be asked to share relevant documents to ensure they are covered & can work with young people, including: 
•          Risk Assessment (we can provide a template)
•          DBS checks for people in the organisation working directly with young people
•          Public Liability 
•          Safeguarding policy for young people & vulnerable adults
For more information about Community Challenge, please contact
Sophie Collier- Volunteer and Membership Officer (VMO) HERE



Captivate is recruiting for a project co-ordinator to work on Takeover

Captivate & Inspire are delighted to be promoting a new role for Captivate & Takeover project- young volunteers programme.

Job Description: Project Co-ordinator

Deadline 24 August 2022, Interviews 2 Sept 

Captivate Project Co-ordinator

Location: Inspire HQ

Contract Type: Part-time

Closing Date: 24 August 2022


Location: Inspire HQ with supported home working

Contract Type: Part-time, Fixed Term until 31st March 2024

Closing Date: 24th August 2022

Salary: £28,226 - £32,798

Inspire is a lead partner in Captivate, the Local Cultural Education Partnership for Mansfield and Ashfield whose aim is to improve children and young people’s access to high quality, inspiring cultural education opportunities. Following an award from DCMS’s Volunteering Futures fund we are creating opportunities for young people to develop their creative, leadership and employability skills through a multi- faceted volunteering programme – Takeover: Pathways into Work.

We are seeking an experienced, skilled, creative and enthusiastic professional to develop and co-ordinate delivery of the volunteering programme alongside the Captivate Partnership.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for arts and culture and a clear understanding of the value of culture in developing life skills. We seek someone with recent experience of delivering successful events and activities and working with children and young people. Possessing excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the successful candidate will have a proven track record of partnership working, and experience of project management. Excellent time management and organisational skills are essential. You must be able to work under your own initiative and with teams, work flexibly, drive and have your own transport.

Working 18.5 hours per week including some weekend and evening working, from a base to be agreed with home working supported. Some countywide travel will be required.

This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to an innovative project and make a real difference to the lives of young people in Mansfield and Ashfield.

Interviews will be held online on Friday 2nd September 2022.

The post is a fixed term contract until 31 March 2024.

Hours: Part Time, 18.5 hours per week

Interview dates:  2nd September 2022

Closing Date for applications: 24th August 2022

TAKEOVER Read the full story below 

Young people set to ‘Takeover’ their communities thanks to government investment

Inspire: Culture, Learning & Libraries & Captivate, Ashfield & Mansfield’s Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) has been awarded £262,000 by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, delivered by Arts Council England.

The grant will be used to deliver ‘Takeover’, creating volunteering opportunities for young people aged 14-24 (pre & early intervention from 12yrs) to reach their creative potential. With the ambition of providing skilled new entrants to the cultural sectors, Takeover will engage young people in communities from across Ashfield & Mansfield, industry experts and creative associates from across the country.

Over 22 months starting from June 2022, young people, people with disabilities and those experiencing loneliness will take part in volunteering opportunities to develop creativity, supporting talent potential, leadership & employability skills. Young people will ‘take over’ their local area and produce their very own youth led arts and creative festival. 

Hundreds of young people, people with disabilities and those experiencing loneliness will get the opportunity to volunteer and help others thanks to the £262,000 government investment. 

The Volunteering Futures Fund was launched last year and will be distributed by Arts Council England. It will break down barriers to volunteering and enable organisations across the arts, culture, sport, civil society, youth and heritage sectors to continue their valuable work within local communities whilst volunteers enjoy the personal benefits of making a difference. 

Those set to benefit most from the funding include young people and people with disabilities. Colleges, local councils, schools, health and wellbeing organisations are also among the recipients of the Fund.

Arts Council England have awarded these organisations in order to respond to demand from a wide range of beneficiaries, such as from those who may be experiencing loneliness or social isolation, to young people in the LGBTQ community, people with learning difficulties and complex needs. 

A full list of funded projects can be found here.

“As we have seen throughout the pandemic, volunteering offers a wealth of benefits to both the volunteers and the organisations who rely on their help, encouraging acts of generosity, public spirit and neighbourliness.

“The Volunteering Futures Fund will deliver a step-change in connecting those who may be isolated, lonely or experiencing any number of potential barriers to get involved in volunteering.

“I’m delighted that more than 160 organisations will now benefit from £4.6 million in Government funding to enhance collaboration between local councils, the public sector, and civil society.”

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:

“There’s an abundance of evidence to show that volunteering can be a key factor in helping people lead happier lives. 

“This new investment will enrich villages, towns and cities across England, increasing health and well-being and decreasing loneliness and isolation.” 

Darren Henley, CEO of Arts Council England said:

“We are overjoyed to receive this funding at such a challenging time for many people! This funding will enable us to work with our local partners to provide young people with training, mentoring and a range of opportunities to volunteer across the Ashfield & Mansfield. This is an investment in our local area future, an opportunity to actively engage more young people in arts, culture and heritage, helping them to discover their passions, contribute to their community and develop future leaders.”

Vanessa Oxspring-Captivate Partnership Manager

The £4.6 million UK Government funding is being awarded and distributed via Arts Council England. Grants of £100,000 or more have been awarded following an Arts Council competitive process launched in November 2021. There are 19 lead organisations that will work with more than 160 partner organisations to deliver volunteering opportunities at a local level across England. 

An additional £2.2 million has been distributed by Pears Foundation and NHS Charities Together.

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