Volunteering opportunities: Creative Cafés, Hastings

17 September 2018

We are delighted to be funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company to deliver a number of employer engagement events next year in Hastings’ schools and colleges.

We are now looking for professionals from a range of industries who can volunteer half a day of their time to inspire young people.

Creative Cafés are dynamic half day events where students meet a range of employers in an informal café-style setting. Structured around a series of tasks, with 6-10 young people per employer, students engage with all the employers through short 5-minute ‘speed dating’ conversations or tasks, before electing to join two employers to do a half hour practical challenge.

The Creative Café offers a flexible format that can address different employment sectors and be tailored to meet the needs of any cohort of students. It can be booked by one school or a number of schools and accommodate 20 or 100 students. All employers are well briefed and supported to take part in the events.

It’s been unique in my experience. These events have enabled pupils to really engage with the providers on a much more individual level.

Teacher, Hastings Academy

Creative Cafes are running in the following schools on these dates:

Thurs Oct 11: Saxon Mount School, All sectors, Y11
Thurs Oct 18: Sussex Coast, IT, Music Tech, Film, Y13
Thurs Nov 8: Helenswood, STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Maths), Y9
Thurs Nov 15: Helenswood, STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Maths), Y9
Tues Nov 20: Hastings Academy, STEM, Yr 9/10
Tues Jan 15: Hastings Academy, All sectors, Yr8
Tues Jan 22: Saxon Mount, All sectors, Y9/10
Tues Feb 12: Hastings Academy, Creative and Digital, Y9/10
Wed 27 February: St Leonards Academy, All Sectors, Y9
Wed 13 March: St Leonards Academy, All sectors, Y9

Find out what volunteers get out of taking part in a Creative Café.

If you are able to volunteer your time to take part in one or more of these exciting events, please contact Catherine Orbach on or call 07796 306995.