Moonstruck Astronaut community theatre company Volunteer Role Descriptions

Moonstruck Astronaut is a not-for-profit community theatre company based in Newport, Shropshire.  Our mission is to bring the local community of Newport, Shropshire together through theatre projects and foster friendship, self-expression, belonging and confidence, first with our primary-school age children, then extending to young people and adults in time. We have started running a Youth Theatre in Newport and continue to run outdoor Drama in the Forest workshops.  We are seeking volunteers to join our passionate team and help Moonstruck Astronaut community theatre company succeed in filling the gap in supporting local children’s creative development.

Volunteers have to be 16 years or over. There is no upper age limit.

Please see www.moonstruckastronaut.com   and www.facebook.com/moonstruckastronaut  to learn more about the theatre company.

Fundraising and Grants Application Volunteer:

Suggestive Hours per week: 2 – 4 Reporting to: Artistic Director

Role description

We are looking for a volunteer Fundraising and Grants Application Manager, to help us improve our grant making and fundraising processes and achieve more successful grant applications.

Main Duties:

  • Create/manage a database of funders
  • Manage subscriptions to funders (this could be subscribing to newsletters)
  • Research potential grant funding and fundraising opportunities
  • Support with writing applications and securing evidence (for example collecting testimonials/case studies)
  • Create/manage a database of applications and outcomes
  • Help monitor and evaluate our impact.
  • Help Artistic Director meet grant funding deadlines and organize her time.

Skills required:

  • Excellent I.T skills
  • Good organisation, attention to detail and admin skills
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal
  • Proactive approach to tasks and activities

Benefits:

  • Gain valuable work experience and enhance your CV
  • Enhance your communication, organizational and planning skills
  • Be part of an exciting community theatre company that is growing
  • Help improve the lives of our children and surrounding community in Newport

Social Media and Digital Marketing Volunteer:

Suggestive Hours per week: 4 Reporting to: Artistic Director

 

Role description:

To help MA increase social media presence and engagement, generate content and help promote existing activities.  The initial focus would be the service’s Instagram and Facebook pages and to gain more of a following.

 

Main Duties

  • Develop and produce social media material for Facebook, You Tube and Instagram
  • Encouraging others to comment/like and share our posts with others
  • Increasing the numbers of people following our social media platforms
  • Develop digital marketing and images to promote the theatre company’s work
  • Identify gaps and create specified content for our social media

Skills required

  • Open-minded, flexible and assertive
  • Good organisation skills and ability to be pro-active and motivated
  • Be able to come up with ideas on how to promote
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the organisation, its mission and aims to help promote correctly
  • Able and willing to respect confidentiality online in accordance with our policies & procedures
  • Experience within social media and digital marketing is preferred but not necessary

Benefits:

  • Gain valuable work experience and enhance your CV
  • Enhance your communication, organizational and planning skills
  • Grow in confidence
  • Help improve the lives of our children and surrounding community in Newport

Marketing and PR Volunteer:

 

Suggestive Hours per week: 4 Reporting to: Artistic Director

Role description

Help us engage our audiences by improving our PR and marketing presence.

 

Main Duties:

  • Make PR contacts e.g local press and media
  • Help write PR articles for the local press and media
  • Help organise PR campaigns 
  • Find people and organisations relevant to our mission
  • Help us develop and execute our social media campaigns and liase well with the team

Skills required:

  • Excellent I.T skills
  • Good organisation, attention to detail and admin skills
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal
  • Proactive approach to tasks and activities
  • Experience in journalism and marketing preferred but not necessary

Benefits:

  • Gain valuable work experience and enhance your CV
  • Enhance your communication, organizational and planning skills
  • Be part of an exciting community theatre company that is growing
  • Help improve the lives of our children and surrounding community in Newport

Drama Workshop Assistant Volunteers:

Moonstruck Astronaut community theatre company is seeking to recruit Drama workshop assistant volunteers for the ‘Summer Drama in the Forest’ week-long outdoor workshop for 6-12 year olds to be held at Wrekin Forest School, Crudginton Moor Lane, Telford, TF6 6EE on the 8th – 12th August. 

Times 8.30am – 4pm

Role description:

To support Head workshop leader, Deputy workshop leader and each other to facilitate the project where 16-20 children will be taught drama skills.

Main duties:

  • Volunteers are to support the mini play development when the children work in small groups, acting as a facilitator
  • Help facilitate drama games and exercises
  • Offer input, lead whole group warm ups, cool downs, lead drama games if would like to
  • Provide feedback to the team at the end of the day
  • Assist all children in having a great time
  • Support the fun, inclusive and safe collaborative environment, enabling participants to co-create enjoyable outdoors theatre.

Skills:

  • A certain degree of physical fitness is needed.
  • Work as part of a team.
  • Reliable and arrive to help on the dates and times agreed.
  • Confident and assertive with younger children.
  • Quick-thinking, resourceful, positive and adaptable.
  • Prior experience in drama and a passion for drama would be ideal.
  • Understand the importance of the groups Health & Safety procedures.
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality & safeguarding vulnerable children/and or adults.

Benefits:

  • Valuable experience of hands-on drama workshop facilitating
  • Impressive CV credit as a ‘workshop leader’ on professional drama workshop
  • Enjoyable work experience supporting younger children’s development
  • Reference provided upon request.

Photography and Filming Volunteer:

Role description:   

To share your photographic talent and capture moments of our work through photography, and if possible, filming.

Main duties:

  • Take photos of workshops, events and performances (next one 10th July)
  • Spot photographic opportunities throughout. Eg. cover different aspects of the day from warm ups, rehearsals, coaching and final performances, capturing the spirit of the day/ session.
  • Deliver quality well exposed photos/film that may be used for social media and website promotion.
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality & safeguarding vulnerable children/and or adults.

Skills required:

  • Interest/ passion for photography
  • Ability to work independently, spotting photographic opportunities throughout the session.
  • Confident and supportive with children.
  • Organised, adaptable and positive.

Benefits:

  • Valuable experience of photography work
  • Exciting subject matter to photograph
  • Be part of an exciting community theatre company that is growing
  • Reference provided upon request.

To apply for any of these volunteer roles please send an email to hannah@moonstruckastronaut.com which details any relevant experience and skills, attaching a recent CV if you have one, and what interests you about this role within the theatre company.