Find out what happened when sixteen young people from Hackney visited Northern Ireland for a week.
posted by: TsKenya Fraser
Spotlight is a Saturday night chat show, aimed at young people aged 13 to 25 living within and around the London borough of Hackney. The show is hosted by Radio1Xtra's Sarah-Jane Crawford, and gives performers a chance to showcase their talent to the general public.
It’s very well known in Hackney, and people keep coming back to enjoy the smooth, slick and charismatic show. And truly, it couldn’t get these ratings if it wasn’t for excellent organisation, and enthusiastic staff. Most staff members are volunteers, and take pleasure in being part of a great night. Volunteering allows you to gain experience in a field that you would like to enter into, or just have an interest in.
There are many roles people can take on board when volunteering at Spotlight, and each role plays a very important part in the show running smoothly. Many roles include working in hospitality or as a runner (personal assistant) for one of the floor managers. No matter what you have chosen to do, they enable you to build your teamwork skills, and general communication with other people. All the roles are very enjoyable, and I was fortunate enough to be a runner. The job had positives and negatives as every post has; I assure you being a runner is not for light hearted, and entails a lot of hard work and focus – but at the end very beneficial. I was lucky as was able to work with a lovely lady called Heather, who had much more experience than me. She helped me along, and told me what to do in a way that was understandable, and took into account that I was only a beginner.
One of the best things about volunteering at Spotlight is that you never feel alone or isolated, as there is always someone there to help, and willing to help. So get involved! If you have any general questions, or are interested in becomming a volunteer contact Nadu on 02089863232