Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

Thank you for being interested in volunteering. We have a few opportunities available to get involved with Open Source Arts and some of our projects!

Current volunteering opportunities are listed below, and include:

  • Kirkstall Valley Grants Intern
  • Team Kirkstall River Stewardship Volunteer


Kirkstall Valley Grants Intern

We are looking for an intern to help deliver our funding programme for local initiatives that benefit the community and the environment.

 Application deadline: Rolling- this position will be filled when we hear from a suitable applicant!

Salary: This is an unpaid internship.

Hours of work: 5 hours a week, flexible hours, some of which ideally to be Tuesday or Thursday mornings. 

About Kirkstall Valley Grants
Kirkstall Valley Grants is a micro-funding programme for activities that take place in and benefit the communities of the Kirkstall Valley, Leeds. We aim to fund projects that encourage community collaboration and wellbeing, in tandem with addressing issues around climate change and sustainability.
This injection of money from the grant helps great people do great things in their locality- to help improve the wellbeing and futures of those around them.

The role will involve:

  • Community outreach to promote the grants programme – in person (covid restriction permitting) and online via social media and online groups and forums
  • Social media communications – sharing inspiring stories and keeping in touch with followers
  • Supporting potential applicants to submit their applications
  • Communicating with previous, current and potential awardees
  • Collating case studies of the awarded projects
  • Helping to organise and deliver the grant application events and the award events

This role would suit you if:

  • You are thinking of working in the third sector
  • You want to practice and develop administrative, event management and marketing experience and skills
  • You enjoy meeting people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • You enjoy coming up with ideas
  • You want to support people making a difference in their local community
  • You care about the environment and sustainability

We will:

  • Support you to learn the skills you need
  • Provide feedback and encouragement
  • Welcome your input and ideas

To apply, please send us a short email describing:

  • Why you’re interested in the role
  • What you hope to learn from it
  • Any existing skills or experience you have, that you feel would help you in the role

You can write as much or as little as you like- around 150 words per each of the 3 points above is fine.

You could send us a video describing the above if you prefer.

Please send your email to us at

We will get back to your email as soon as possible. We may ask you for a telephone or video call to meet you and find out if we both want to work together.
Any questions, please get in touch with Myra or Ben.

Thank you for the interest, we are looking forward to hearing from you!

The OSA team



Team Kirkstall River Stewardship Volunteer

Team Kirkstall, via Open Source Arts, offers volunteering opportunities to help clean up the riverbanks and parks around Kirkstall.

This is river stewardship at it’s most fun!

 Application deadline: Rolling- people are always welcome to join!

Salary: This is unpaid voluntary. Expenses are reimbursed. 

Hours of work: 4 hours on a work day, with a break for tea and coffee. Usually Saturday.

About River Stewardship
Our Team Kirkstall Riverbank Clean-ups occur fortnightly on Saturdays, 10am until 2pm, in the Kirkstall area. This is river stewardship to look after our blue and green spaces, improving habitats and removing rubbish. Every clean-up is followed by a free thank you drink and snack at a local eatery for all volunteers. Meet new friends who live locally, learn new skills, and get the satisfaction of clearing up your local area of natural beauty. All equipment is provided – wear strong footwear and bring a coat.

The cleanup day might involve:

  • Creating and maintaining access paths
  • Litter picking
  • Clearing flood debris
  • Installing bird-boxes
  • Citizen Science projects, such as River Fly Monitoring

This would interest you if:

  • You love the outdoors
  • You love learning new skills
  • You enjoy meeting people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • You want to make a difference in your local community
  • You care about the environment and sustainability

We will:

  • Support you to learn the skills you need
  • Provide equipment and safety gear
  • Provide instructions on how to work outdoors safely, and how to use the tools provided 
  • Provide free tea, coffee and biscuits for the all essential tea break!

To join us, take a look at the Facebook Page, where cleanup locations are shared.

Any questions, please get in touch at

Thank you for the interest in helping, we look forward to seeing you getting stuck in!