Music Coach (specialising in piano)

Team: Housing & Support

Location: Soho

Support and supervision from: Supported Housing staff

Time Commitment: A minimum of two hours per week

What does Centrepoint do?

Our Berwick Street hostel caters for young people transitioning from care to independence on the Westminster pathway. We have opened the Christopher Andrew Music Suite to offer young people on the Westminster pathway the opportunity to learn the guitar (acoustic, electric and bass), piano, violin, drums and DJ/music production (using Mac with Logic Pro and Pioneer XDJ-RX) and we currently have a particular need for volunteers to teach piano.

At Berwick Street we believe that volunteers are integral to the work that we do. We are particularly excited about the opportunity to provide our young people with musical tutoring. The Christopher Andrew Music Suite is a relatively new venture and we would welcome the efforts of volunteers to help us shape our vision and to make sure we reach as many young people as possible.


What does tutoring for Centrepoint mean?

The role of a coach at Centrepoint is an important one. We ask tutors to work with their young person and help them achieve some personal objectives agreed at the beginning of the partnership. To do this, it will be essential to build a trusting relationship with the young person. This can involve social elements, but the main focus will be achieving the young person’s agreed goals. 

Activities should reflect the young person’s goals and learning style. Coaches should develop a professional relationship with the young person, and work with them to identify plans and goals for the forthcoming sessions. Coaches work with our young people to help them:

  • Develop their skills and expertise in their chosen area e.g. a musical instrument
  • Build their confidence and self esteem
  • Improve their motivation
  • Set goals and plan for their future

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Regular sessions with a young person for an agreed period of time
  • Setting goals with young person and agreeing on actions.
  • Attending pre-volunteering training sessions
  • Completing any relevant paperwork after each session
  • Attending supervision sessions and all relevant additional training
  • Have consistent and regular contact with the your supervisor and attend review meetings when requested

 Tutors should meet the following criteria:


  • Display Centrepoint’s values in all volunteering activities
  • Be proficient in your instrument/equipment and able to tutor to at least beginners level.
  • Understand the sometimes hectic and stressful lives of our young people and be flexible to adapt to these issues
  • Have a positive attitude
  • A good listener with a non-judgmental attitude
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Appreciate and adhere to the requirements of completing paperwork and recording hours in a timely manner
  • Be responsive and accountable to the Volunteering team and Centrepoint
  • Have a friendly, approachable personality.


  • Experience of teaching/facilitating music
  • Experience of working with homeless people and/or experience of homelessness
  • Experience of working with young people
  • Experience of working with people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Support for tutors

Tutors receive the following support throughout their volunteering:

  • Structured induction and training
  • Ongoing support and supervision from Support staff and Volunteering team
  • Refresher training and regular peer support sessions
  • Travel and reasonable expenses reimbursed


If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please complete the application form and send it to Applications for these roles will be ongoing until we have secured the services of volunteers that meet the needs of the project.

All applications are assessed against the criteria listed above. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview and all successful candidates will be subject to a reference and a DBS check and required to attend training sessions (date and time TBC). For more information please email or call 0845 466 3400 and ask to speak to a member of the Volunteering Team

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