Written by Our Kickstarters from London Arts and Health.
The Kickstart Scheme is a new programme launched by the government to deliver funding for employers offering new job roles for 16-24 years olds. The programme is aimed at preventing young people who are currently unemployed from facing long term unemployment.
Here at London Arts and Health we hired 4 young kickstarters to join our team to use their skills to move our organisation forward.
Zara is a digital assistant at LAH, she is looking to expand her skillset and looking to work in the creative sector. She enjoys the work and life balance and the general atmosphere of our organisation. She believes it is important to find this balance between work and life as it is important for our mental health. Zara was also looking for a workplace that was looking to invest in their employers and build experience.
“Working here has been an amazing experience. Jenni and Anna really believe in investing in our skills and allowing room for us to grow, it was exactly the working environment I was looking for, I am trying to make the most of this experience as i can.”
Joshua has recently joined LAH as a team assistant through the Kickstart scheme, he is hoping to gain some valuable practical experience after recently studying business at university. Joshua is also passionate about having a fulfilling role where the work has an emphasis on the help of others and the betterment of society.
“In my time as a team assistant, I have been fortunate enough to be involved with a range of different interesting activities. Some of the notable things include attending and minuting the most recent board meeting, finding potential sponsors for the upcoming creativity and well being week as well as being involved in the creation of a corporate sponsorship package. I have also really enjoyed being involved in the setting up of the new LAH hub working alongside teammates.”
Renee is a digital assistant at LAH, she is looking to grow her knowledge in the digital marketing field. She enjoys her role and loves how supportive the organisation is. She believes that having a great work atmosphere and support is important as it makes the role very enjoyable.
“Working at LAH so far has been a great experience. My role consists of updating the website, scheduling content for social media, planning & creating the bi-weekly newsletter. Jenni and Anna are very supportive and are always interested in hearing our ideas. The training Anna provided me at the beginning of my role was amazing and very straightforward, that I felt very comfortable in giving it a go independently. The atmosphere they have created feels like we are a little family, which makes the role very enjoyable.”
Alina is another of our new starters here at London Arts and Health and is a recent Graduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s Applied Theatre and education Course. Alina has taken on the position of LAH’s Membership co-ordinator and is looking to expand here skills in project management, administration, and facilitation. Currently, she is working on bringing our newly acquired communal hub and office space to life as well as implementing a new membership scheme within the organisation.
“I feel so fortunate that I found this position within London Arts and Health. Especially since the pandemic disrupted my time at central so drastically, I feel that participating in this kickstarter scheme has really supported my professional and personal growth off the back of my degree. It’s built my confidence as a professional and practitioner, which I lost during the lockdowns and allowed me to remember the reason as to why I have always wanted to get into the charity sector. Both Anna and Jenni have created the most wonderful working environment and working within this team has been such an amazing opportunity”