Volunteering is a great way to become a vital part of the Lindisfarne Festival community. If you are interested in working in events, meeting some new people or want to enjoy the festival for FREE, volunteering is a brilliant way to do all of these. Each year this immersive world of ours continues to grow and evolve and for 2018 we are looking for even more volunteers to make it all possible.
Interested in joining our 2018 volunteer squad?
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU:
- Free entry to the festival with a volunteer wristband
- One meal voucher per shift.
- Camping space within a dedicated volunteer campsite, situated a short walk from the car park.
- Free car parking onsite
- A free festival programme and onsite briefing
- Access to our volunteer welfare facility in the festival area, providing a place to chill out, grab a free cup of tea/ coffee, hang out and meet other volunteers, as well as free phone charging!
- Support from our head steward and production team, available from your arrival on site until the last volunteer shift is completed on the Sunday after the festival.
- Time off to enjoy the festival and explore the local area.
- The chance to make great friends and gain experience in one of the greatest festival environments on the planet.
WHAT WE ASK FROM YOU:
- To be 18 or over on 28th August 2018
- To be available from Thursday 30th August until Monday 3rd September (unless you are pre festival build crew when we need you on site from the Tuesday 28th August )
- To complete 3 x 6 hour volunteering shifts. (All roles are allocated on a first come first served basis)
- To abide by our volunteer code of conduct, and agree to our festival wide terms and conditions
- Act in a friendly manner, be helpful and polite when dealing with the public
- Act and behave with maturity, honesty and be reliable
- Be in good health and able to carry out your duties (this means not turning up intoxicated or you will forfeit your deposit and may be asked to leave the festival)
WHEN DO I NEED TO BE AVAILABLE?
All stewarding volunteers are required to be set up on site by Thursday 30th August 12 noon, ready to work, registration will be open from 10am and you must attend one of our briefing sessions. This is when you will find out your shifts times. You will be allocated 3 x 6 hour shifts (or equivalent) between 12 noon on Thursday 30th and Sunday 2nd Sept midnight.
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE?
You will be given a full briefing before you undertake your role, where you will learn everything you need to take on your role. If you've had previous experience of volunteering at festivals then your help is needed. But mainly we just ask that come to ready to embrace the full volunteering experience, and be part of our fun!
DO YOU NEED ANY SUPERVISORS?
We are looking for volunteer supervisors to help manage our ever growing volunteer team. If you have experience of supervising teams in your day job, at other events, or have previous voluntary experience and would like the chance to take on a bit more responsibility, please tick the management level box on your application and give us a short description of your experience in the box underneath. NB. We only have a small number of supervisory positions and letting us know does not guarantee a supervisory space.
WHAT WILL I DO?
As a Volunteer you will find yourself stewarding during the event on either the campsites, venues or on the gates, and helping vehicles and members of the public get around the site and yes, litter picking….but don't worry you won't be cleaning toilets.
CAN I VOLUNTEER DOING DÉCOR OR HELP BUILDING OR TAKING DOWN THE SITE?
If you would like to volunteer on one of the many decor teams or site builds you should still fill in our volunteer form and let us know your availability. We would like you on site from Tuesday 29th Aug until the festival open and be available from Sunday 2nd Sept to Tuesday 4th for the site take down. If you are build crew it is likely that you will get the main festival opening times free from volunteering roles but this cannot be guaranteed.
WHEN DO I FIND OUT WHEN MY SHIFTS ARE?
You will be told your shifts when you arrive on site to register. If you are main stewarding crew and have not been allocated a shift with your friends we can look to swop shifts after our briefing meeting on the Thursday or Friday.
WHEN DO MY SHIFTS BEGIN AND END?
We ask that you are able to arrive no later than 12 noon on Thursday 30th August in time for your briefings but we will hold other sessions for those that arrive later. Your 3 x 6 hour shifts will run between 2pm on Thursday 30th August and possibly up to 5pm on Sunday 2nd Sept. If you're arriving on site later than this we will attempt to put you in shifts from the day you arrive but you maybe asked to help with the clean up and traffic on Sunday as festival goers leave.
If you are on the build team you must be available from Tuesday 28th August until Tuesday 4th September. You will find out your shift times when you arrive on site and you are likely not to be allocated shift during the festival.
HOW LATE WILL I HAVE TO WORK?
Although the main stages will be finished at 11pm, the main arena and some other tents will be open until late, we also have to make sure that the site and campsite are safe for all who attend. We will ask you to start one shift late in the evening or work till late to help us cover these roles. If you are asked to work late we will ask you to turn up able to fulfil your role but we will make sure you get the appropriate amount of time off between shifts.
CAN I STILL BE A VOLUNTEER IF I HAVE TO LEAVE SITE ON SUNDAY?
Yes... we still need volunteers to help us with the clean up and traffic on the Sunday, however if you need to leave site on Sunday let us know on your application and we can tailor your shifts.
WILL I MISS MY FAVOURITE BAND / DJ?
If you find that your shift is clashing with your favourite band or DJ, you may be able to swap your shifts with fellow stewards at the volunteer welfare tent, but this may not be possible. Full details of shift swapping will be given at your briefing.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We are asking you to pay a £20 deposit to secure your volunteer place at the 2018 festival. You will get most of this returned after you have completed your final shift (minus a £5 admin fee). If you have volunteered successfully with us before we will wave your deposit.
You will also need to pay for your travel to and from the event. On our Facebook pages we will be helping you to set up car sharing and travel buddies to and from the site.
You will also need to bring any camping equipment, personal items, food, alcohol and other supplies you might need. During the festival opening times we do have a small shop and food vendors on site but it is wise to bring supplies and snacks to keep you going especially if your arriving on site early.
WHY DO I NEED TO PAY A DEPOSIT ?
In the last few years we have had people commit to coming to the festival but then not turn up, or turn up to shifts unable to work which has left us short staffed. By paying a deposit we can cover some of the cost of having to find staff at short notice as well as covering the admin time on processing your application.
CAN I VOLUNTEER WITH MY FRIEND(s)?
WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I HAVE A VOLUNTEER ROLE?
We send you an email confirming your application and asking you to pay your deposit. Once we have confirmed receipt of deposit and processed your application we will let you know what role you have been allocated within 2/3 weeks.
I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING, IS THERE A NUMBER I CAN CALL?
We will have a mobile phone number that you can call if you have any questions when on site, and the number will be given to you in your volunteer briefing pack.
CAN I WEAR FANCY DRESS ON MY SHIFT?
YES! Everything is better in fancy dress. Just make sure you wear your hi-vis over the top of your fancy dress!
WHERE DO I SIGN UP?