My name is Laura Wild and I regularly volunteer with Oldham Coliseum Theatre and other organisations within Oldham.
It has been a couple of months since I was given the fantastic task of taking over the Coliseum’s Directors Notes in the Oldham Chronicle for National Volunteer Week to talk about my time as a volunteer.
I’ve been volunteering since 2011 where I started with the Oldham Talking Newspaper as an editor. Not long after that I was introduced to the volunteering available at the Coliseum. I became involved with the mentoring service for young people known as Pathways. It wasn’t until January 2013 that I was introduced to the Marketing team and the volunteering opportunities they had. Since then I have been able to help out the marketing team on a regular basis – helping to distribute flyers and posters around Oldham and helping out with brochure launches for the theatre.
Volunteering at the theatre has meant more than helping out for a few hours a week. I’ve been given the chance to write in the Oldham Chronicle, met new people and been able to enhance my CV. For me volunteering has given me confidence. After a shaky few years out of university with not a lot of experience other than working in shops and offices I have finally been able to gain some experiences in the arts and beyond. Having the confidence I have gained at the Coliseum has meant going forward, applying for jobs, and working as a volunteer elsewhere doesn’t seem as daunting.
The Coliseum has many opportunities to get involved as a volunteer:
Keep an eye on our Placements and Internships and Volunteering pages for information on opportunities within Education, Front of House and Marketing.