The John Peel Centre is primarily run by volunteers, and we are always happy to have more help out. Check out our volunteering page for more information.

Opportunities for 18-24-year-olds

About Kickstart

Kickstart is a Government scheme to create new job placements for under 24 year-olds on Universal Credit at this time of high youth employment. The placements are 25 hours a week for a total of 6 months and they are paid at the National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage (18-20yrs: £6.56; 21-22yrs: £8.36; 23+: £8.91).

Our consortium

We are part of a consortium led by the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, Suffolk, which includes the John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts, Modece Architects, the National Horse Racing Museum, Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Stevenage Museum , The Dacorum Heritage Trust Ltd, West Suffolk Council, Bawdsey Radar Trust and the Hitchin British Schools Trust.

What placements are on offer?

Applications are now open for the following placements. The deadline is 12pm on 12th April 2021. Please click on the job title for more detailed information.

For details of our partner organisations’ placements, please see


Each organisation in the consortium will provide job-specific training. In addition, the consortium will provide:

  • A mentor who will work with you to set personal goals
  • Training in applying for jobs, e.g. CV/application writing, practice interviews
  • Transferrable workplace training, e.g. health and safety
  • An online peer support programme
  • An introduction to different workplaces and roles across the consortium
  • A programme of enrichment activities, e.g. visits, talks and discussions

To be eligible for these placements, you must be between the ages of 18 and 24 and registered for Universal Credit. You need to be referred by your local Job Centre. We are told that this process can be completed quickly, but please do not leave it till the last minute.

How to apply

You must register with the Job Centre before filling in our application form. Only applications from those that have been referred by their Job Centre work coach will be considered.

 Then please download and complete these two forms:

They should both be returned to by 12pm on 19th April 2021.


Volunteer Director roles

The JPC is a Community Interest Company (CIC), led by a board of volunteer Directors. We are looking to increase the skills and knowledge base within our leadership team, and have the following volunteer positions available.

Director of Legal Affairs

You will lead a small committee responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and embedding a culture of learning and continuous improvement so that the JPC can demonstrate the highest possible standards to our stakeholders. You will have a good grounding in general contract law, an understanding of data protection in practice, and an understanding of governance within a not-for-profit environment.

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Director of Fundraising & Development

You will lead a small committee, responsible for supporting the development of the JPC’s offer and increasing its revenue to do so, through developing sponsorship and philanthropic partnerships and the successful production of applications to grant giving bodies including, trusts and foundations. A crucial part of the role will focus on working with the Strategic Manager on the development of a Fundraising Strategy for the JPC.

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Director of Inclusion, Accessibility & Diversity

You will lead a committee responsible for ensuring Inclusion, Accessibility & Diversity remain at the heart of the JPC’s planning and development at this pivotal time of growth for the organisation. This position seeks to help all people feel welcome and valued at the JPC, and to ensure that stakeholders of all backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities are able to come together for the common purpose of enjoyment of the arts.

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If you think you have the right skills and experience and would like to join the Board, please send a short letter explaining your reasons for wanting to and outlining your experience, along with your CV, to Jane Cox (Strategic Manager) at