Seeking volunteers to support music workshops on wards

Raw Material is a music and media education charity based in Brixton. Our Raw Sounds programme aims to increase access to music education for people with mental health needs. As part of this we offer ‘In Reach’ workshops on wards at Lambeth and Maudsley hospitals in south London, offering patients in acute and psychiatric intensive care (PICU) units the chance to sing, select music and learn DJ skills.

Role Description

Volunteers work alongside our staff to support participants to engage in sessions, collaborate with others and develop their music skills. This role is an opportunity to gain experience working on hospital wards, learn skills in facilitating creative workshops and evaluate the impact of arts interventions in a mental health setting.


  • Support music facilitators to deliver music sessions for people suffering from mental ill health
  • Collect monitoring data to track our reach and for reports to funders
  • Evaluate sessions using the Arts Observation Scale (training will be provided)
  • Attend additional training sessions and team meetings


Sessions are an hour long, with 15 minutes either side for set up, briefing with the ward and pack away. Sessions take place on Wednesdays and Fridays during the daytime. We ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of one session a month, though they are welcome to volunteer more often. We ask for a commitment of a minimum of 6 months.

Benefits for volunteers:

  • Opportunity to develop skills in facilitation
  • Gain work experience in a clinic setting and obtain a reference
  • Training opportunities for all our volunteers

We pay a £10 contribution per day toward your travel costs and expenses.


Essential requirements:

  • Excellent organizational and communications skills
  • Ability to work in a flexible, empathic and sensitive manner, always treating participants with dignity and respect
  • Understanding and awareness of mental health issues (training will be provided)
  • Knowledge of safeguarding best practice (training will be provided)
  • Have an in date enhanced DBS


  • Good knowledge of contemporary music genres

To apply, please email with a brief description of your relevant training and experience, and how you meet the essential requirements (250 words max). Applications are taken on a rolling basis, though we hope to recruit new volunteers to start as soon as possible. Volunteers will be invited to a meeting to assess their suitability for the role, and if successful, will take part in a group training session on a Thursday in August TBC.

We welcome applications from volunteers with lived experience of mental ill health.

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