Volunteer Opportunities

This is the best time of year to get involved with Tinderbox. We’re just about to start all of our planning and training for the year ahead and there is plenty of opportunity to get fully involved in all of the exciting projects we have on the go.

Volunteers are incredibly important members of our team – none of our projects would run without the talent & effort of our voluntary musicians, tutors, mentors, coordinators, youth workers, photographers/filmmakers, artists, and more.

If you are interested in joining Tinderbox as a volunteer, please email admin@tinderboxcollective.org to find out more on how to get involved and what projects might suit your experience or needs.

We are especially looking for brass players and keyboard/ piano players and singers to help support our Tuesday Hub this term.

Below are various opportunities available to people who join our volunteer team from September – December 2018


TRAINING: If you are planning to get involved this term and register as a member of the team it would be very useful if you could make it along to these training events…

Child Protection Training, 2nd October, 5-8pm, NEA: Graham from LAYC will be offering us training on best practice for keeping young people and ourselves safe in our projects. Places are limited so please do email admin@tinderboxcollective.org to book a spot.

Youth & Community Team Training, 9th October, 5-8pm, NEA: A chance to share ideas and perspectives on our work. Why we do it, what we do it for, what do we want to do next. Making plans for all of our upcoming Youth & Community projects.



23rd October – 18th December, 5-8:30pm, NEA : The beating heart of the Tinderbox Youth and Community programme. Volunteer whenever you can or come every week. It’s all about being part of the Tinderbox Community. Sharing our passion for music, performance and life in general. This is a first level engagement drop in hub so it’s open to anyone aged 10 – 18 to drop in and have a first go at playing an instrument. If you’ve not been before and you’re interested in coming along please email admin@tinderboxcollective.org.


OTHER OPPORTUNITIES: There are a number of projects and away trips in need of support this term

Last two Mondays of each month, 5-6pm, Amazing Harmonies Choir: This is a new project that has been started with a local choir to engage young people from the BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) community in Muirhouse. Sam, Christy and Jordan are bringing instrumental workshops on keyboard, guitar and percussion to a group of 20 young people who have mostly been singing so far. Anyone to help with general group management and supporting the workshops would be great. Please email admin@tinderboxcollective.org if you’re interested.

22nd September, 1-2pm, Perth Theatre, UNCON: UNCON is a National Youth Arts conference organised by young people at Perth Theatre. It will be an all day event, but we are delivering a 30min workshop as part of it. The plan is to do a bombastic interactive demonstration of basic conducting inspired by Mike Kearney’s ‘Suggesture’ method. We need from someone to look after our merchandise stall and also to film/ photograph the event. Please email luci@tinderboxcollective.org if you’re interested.

18th October, Time TBC, Wardieburn Harvest Event: We’re hoping to take a small group of performers from our Tuesday Night Hub group over to Wardieburn community centre to participate in a Harvest event on the evening of 18th  October. General youth work support to help chaperone the young people would be great. Please email admin@tinderboxcollective.org if you’re interested.

22nd October, 11am-2pm, Leith (Venue TBC), Multicultural Family Base Ceilidh: Sam Lowit, Niki, Jed and Rob have been playing at a number of these events over the last year. The MCFB is an organisation who support families in Edinburgh who are facing challenges to do with cultural integration. These events bring all of the families together for lunch and live music. Any musicians who would like to join the band for some folky tunes or even a performance of their own would be very welcome. Email jed@tinderboxcollective.org if you’re interested.

24th and 25th October, Daytime, National Museum: Hailey and Mike are leading a series of early years workshops at the National Museum on Chambers St. These will be free and open to anyone who shows up. The content will be based on Hailey and Mike’s work at the Sick Kids hospital. Anyone able to join in with early years songs and music games would be a great support, please email admin@tinderboxcollective.org if you’re interested.

12th November, Evening, Love Music Choir Visit: We’re planning to take a group of participants from across all projects to the Love Music Choir performance at the Usher hall. It should be a pretty inspiring experience going to see a 300 strong community choir. Anyone able to help chaperone young people would be massively appreciated. Please email admin@tinderboxcollective.org if you’re interested.