Volunteer opportunity – Arts Drop

Arts Drop are in need of volunteers this weekend!

The Calderdale LCEP (Local Cultural Education Partnership) have used their resources during the COVID pandemic to co-ordinate a scheme called Arts Drop. Where they are sending creative activity packs to the borough’s most disadvantaged children and young people via their social workers.

The first pilot phase of 1,500 Arts Drops resource bags went out in May 2020 and were greatly received by the children and young people who received them.

They are now ready to roll out the second phase of Arts Drop with tailored activities created by LCEP members for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities. So, they are looking for volunteers to join the Arts Drop packing team this weekend to bag up the resources and activity postcards. The volunteer team will work at the Creative Learning Guild, Causey Hall, Halifax on Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd August in a production line set up to load materials and postcards into bags. The Arts Drop bags will then be distributed the following week.

Masks and gloves will be provided and they will make sure packing stations are set up for social distancing. The process will carry a similar level of risk as going to a shop so it won’t be suitable for everyone.

If you or anybody in your household is particularly vulnerable to the virus then you shouldn’t join the team. If you have any symptoms or know you have come into contact with anyone with symptoms then you also should not join.

They will have a strict protocol in place to protect both the team and the families who will receive the packs, which will be explained in detail before and on the day(s).

They can offer to pay a contribution of £25 for a half day or £50 for a full day per person, each day and would be looking for you to commit to being present between 10am – 5pm.

Photographs will be taken and a time-lapse of the packing process to share on social media, so everyone in the team will need to be okay with their image being shared in this way.

If this is something you can help with, please email hello@artsdrop.co.uk with ‘Arts Drop Volunteer Team’ as the subject line, letting them know the names of volunteers and their availability.

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