Making the most of volunteer chance at The Civic in Barnsley

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Arts venue, The Civic in Barnsley, is encouraging work placement volunteers from Barnsley East to come forward after its latest success story.

Barnsley Youth Choir member, Emily Ritchie, 20, has been at the arts centre since September organising a diverse range of events and exhibitions.

The Events Management student has become such a valuable member of the team that the Civic’s chief executive officer, Helen Ball, has created a programme specifically for her.

Emily said: ““Helen got in touch and through a couple of meetings we sorted out a programme that covered University requirements, what I wanted to do and what The Civic could facilitate. Helen has created a programme specifically for me, something which I know is rare in work placements.

“It was the only placement opportunity that I had seen that interested me and thought would be beneficial to me and my degree.”

Since starting her work placement on September 15, Emily has been putting her academic learning into practice and has become a valued member of the team. Working alongside Helen Ball, Emily has attended key partnership meetings, planned a series of events and is conducting research on behalf of The Civic and as a starting point to her dissertation.

She has also gained essential events management skills in assisting the Operations and Marketing teams; shadowing management, working front of house for performances, private and corporate functions, undertaking administrative tasks, and distributing promotional material.

Emily added: “I have learned from the staff who have passed on their experiences within events and the arts and gained practical experience in areas that aren’t necessarily going to be covered on my course.”

Helen Ball said: “It has been a pleasure having Emily with us on placement so far. She has become a much valued member of the team already and I hope her time with us has a positive impact on her future career plans.”

Anyone interested in a work placement at The Civic, Barnsley email @barnsleycivic.co.uk or call 01226 327000.