Southbank Centre Volunteers help us to achieve our mission to make the arts accessible to all, and to captivate millions through the warmth of our welcome.
Our volunteers act as representatives for our much-loved venues, by welcoming and assisting visitors and supporting free activities.
We are always looking to increase our pool of volunteers. If you are over 18 years old, with an interest in the arts and in working with diverse groups of people, then this is a great opportunity.
Our Festival Volunteers work alongside Southbank Centre’s Visitor Experience and Festival teams, and our flexible programme is designed to inspire, support and develop those who take part. Southbank Centre Festival Volunteers are supported by our dedicated Volunteer Coordinator to develop their confidence and skills in teamwork and communication.
To receive information on future festival volunteering opportunities, join our mailing list by emailing email@example.com, with the subject line: ‘Southbank Centre Volunteer Mailing List’.
Our Archive offers a great range of volunteer opportunities and Southbank Centre Archive Collections and Engagement Volunteers play a central role in helping organise and increase access to our archive material, and in supporting visitors to enjoy using it. And Archive Digitalisation volunteers help make our archive material digitally accessible using digitisation equipment to scan records and items.
Our Drop-in volunteering programme gives volunteers the chance to lend a hand with the organisation of our collections on an informal basis.
In the new year we will have remote volunteering where there will be the opportunity to engage with the archive and help make it even more accessible. To find out more about Archive volunteering opportunities email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Archive Volunteer’.
Southbank Centre is very proud of all of our volunteers and our volunteer programme. We are delighted to be the first large arts centre to achieve the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard.
Our volunteer programme was assessed against a range of best practice standards and we were pleased to meet and surpass these standards in all aspects of working with our volunteers. We are the only National Portfolio Organisation to have this award.
We are very proud of our volunteer programme and achieving IiV is great recognition of the programme and the contribution all of our volunteers make to welcoming our visitors to our festivals and Archive Studio.
Anyone over the age of 18 who has proof of their right to work in the UK is welcome to volunteer at Southbank Centre.
Festival volunteers provide a warm welcome to visitors, ensuring they get the most out of their time at Southbank Centre.
The kind of activities volunteers might be involved in include:
We also provide:
Volunteering at Southbank Centre does not guarantee you a job. However you will have the chance to really get to know our site and programming, and we offer an employability session at the end of each festival to help any interested volunteers with CV and interview skills.
Join our mailing list by emailing email@example.com, with the subject line ‘Southbank Centre Volunteer Mailing List’.
When a vacancy is advertised, register your interest using our online application form and you will be invited to a selection session to find out more. Then before each festival, we hold a festival-specific training session.
No. There are guidance notes detailing the sections you need to complete attached to every volunteer vacancy.
We encourage everyone to apply to volunteer at Southbank Centre. Please contact us if you require any adaptations or additional support in making your application or attending the selection and training events. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Southbank Centre volunteers do need to be over 18. However, we have a number of inspiring opportunities that arts enthusiasts aged 15 to 25 can participate in as part of our Youth Programme.