Creative and Cultural Engagement

Young ambassadors needed for Devon Museums

Creative and Cultural Engagement

We’ve had some news in from Redfront about cultural youth ambassador roles with Devon Museums in their Count Me In project. The aim is to make Devon Museums more relevant and accessible to 16-25 year olds, and it’s for people who want to make your ideas happen through developing real projects with museums, be a positive role model to young people in your area, help spread the word, inspire others to get involved and get hands-on experience in helping to run a cultural venue.

What you will be doing
1.    Working with the museum to find new ways to make them more youth friendly
2.    Joining a panel of other youth ambassadors to oversee creative projects with four museums
3.    Learning what’s involved in running a museum
4.    Supporting the museum with new skills like using social media to promote themselves
5.    Working closely with one specific museum to develop and help manage one new project involving young people
6.    Going out into your local community, spreading the word and inspiring other young people to take part in projects/events

Redfront will ensure that appropriate support and training is provided plus you’ll get access to their dedicated Youth Ambassadors online network.

What you will get from working at the museum is practical hands on experience of running a cultural venue, business skills, working as a part of a team, learning about the history and heritage of your local area

What you will get from working with the Count Me In project
·         opportunities to explore new ways of using social media and technology platforms
·         networking and socialising opportunities
·         work experience and skills development in marketing and sales
·         enhancing your own role/work in your local community
·         exclusive access to cultural and heritage collections not publicly available
·         official recognition of your work through V50 and Vinspired National Awards
·         daily expenses allowance and exclusive invitations/free tickets to events

What skills do you need to have?
·         A reasonable level of computer literacy
·         A good understanding of social media and using the web generally
·         Ability to work as part of a team
·         Good communication skills and ability to network with other young people
·         An interest in culture and your local environment
·         An interest in working in marketing and promotion

More Information
·         They are looking for ambassadors who are aged between 18 and 25.
·         We would expect you to commit 1 – 2 days/week for 12 weeks minimum from mid September to help develop and carry out projects.
·         Please indicate whether you could travel to Barnstaple, Braunton, Dawlish, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth, Topsham, Exeter or Budleigh Salterton.

To apply send an email to telling them why you want to be a Young Ambassador, what skills and experience you have (and which of the above locations you would be prepared to travel to).

There will be a group briefing meeting in Exeter on Thursday, September 16 and/or Thursday, September 23 – let them know if you are able to attend either date. The deadline for applications is Monday , September, 13 at 5pm. For more information visit the Devon Museums or the Redfront.