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, support workers, photographers/filmmakers, artists, and more.

If you are interested in joining Tinderbox as a volunteer, please email admin@tinderboxcollective.org to register your interest and 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 for the September – December 2018 term.


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.


Please see below for an overview of how we look to support you and what we expect from our volunteers involved in our work.


Tinderbox’s responsibilities:

  • We hope that you will gain valuable and rewarding experiences from working with the Tinderbox Project in your role. We will endeavour to support you in this role as much as we can based on your requirements.
  • We will provide a full induction appropriate to your role and any training required.
  • We will provide appropriate support and flexibility including training as required.
  • We will support you to achieve the standards required, including providing a named contact (supervisor for Regular Volunteers / team member or core management member for Casual Volunteers).
  • We will treat you as a member of the Tinderbox Project in line with our equality and diversity policy.
  • We will reimburse any agreed out of pocket expenses (e.g. travel expenses) incurred during volunteering.
  • You will be protected under our Public Liability Insurance when engaging in any location-based work for us.
  • We will do our best to help you meet any individual objectives you have identified, where relevant and possible for us to do so.
  • We endeavour to uphold good health and safety practice and provide safe working environments.
  • We will address any problems that may arise during the course of the volunteering.


Your responsibilities:

  • You will perform your role to the best of your ability.
  • You will perform the work as agreed in your volunteer role description.
  • You will familiarise yourself with Tinderbox’s volunteer policies and procedures, including health and safety, equality and diversity, and child protection policy / code of conduct in relation to our staff, volunteers and anybody with whom you may work.
  • You will maintain the confidentiality of Tinderbox and of its clients, customers or service users according to our guidelines
  • You will honour your commitment as agreed, except in exceptional circumstances when, where possible, reasonable notice is expected.
  • You will identify and address if there is any specific training or personal development goals you are interested in or feel is necessary (so that we can do our best to help you with these goals).
  • You will provide references when these are asked for.
  • Where necessary, you will agree to appropriate checks under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme in Scotland.


Administrator: Anna Fraser