Volunteer at Wenlock Poetry Festival 2016
A festival is a big undertaking, and depends a lot on those who live in the area giving up their time to help. In return you get the enjoyment of being part of something exciting and the knowledge that you were one of those who made it happen!
Below are some the roles and tasks we need your help with. You can do something as simple and one-off as leafleting your own road or commit to doing something throughout the festival – it is ALL extremely useful to us!
Event Stewards come for a morning, afternoon or evening session during the festival. They meet and greet members of the public at Festival events. They take tickets, answer queries, give directions, help with setting up the venue and help seat the audience. They may be involved in helping to organise book signings after the event. They usually sit in on the Event.
Children’s Event Stewards
They meet and greet members of the public and their children. They take tickets, answer queries, give directions and help set up at the venue if required. They sit in on the Event. Experience of dealing with children and families, as a parent, teacher, playworker, grandparent or older sibling is useful but not essential in this role. Many of our young adult stewards enjoy helping with Children’s events.
Workshops Stewards look after the authors and participants in our workshop events. They meet and greet members of the public, take tickets, answer queries, give directions, make refreshments and are likely to be needed to help move chairs and tables in the workshop room. They sit in on and are encouraged to participate in the event. This role is fairly active.
This list is not exhaustive as there are many other roles to be filled. Download our volunteer roles for 2016 for more details. If you would like to register your interest in volunteering for us, please email us for a copy of our volunteer registration form.
Criteria for volunteering at WPF:
No previous experience is needed but you will need to be:
- Over 18
- Punctual and reliable
- Practical and hardworking
- Have a courteous, calm approach to the public
- Enjoy dealing with people
- Supportive of the festival in its commitment to making events accessible and welcoming
- Some volunteers need to be more active than others: pick the role which suits your needs.
We will be providing festival briefing and training sessions in March and April which cover a range of issues including Health and Safety and festival procedures, which all event stewards will need to attend.