It’s national Volunteers’ Week and of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to give some love to our wonderful Redfest volunteers!
All week we’ll be celebrating the amazing volunteers who make Redfest happen and showcasing some of the different roles that they do.
The festival literally could not happen without this brilliant team of people. We haven’t got space to include everybody sadly, but we love you all, and there is truly no way to express how grateful we are for the time and enthusiasm you give us!
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and check back here to see everyone that we feature during the week. If you’re already a Redfest volunteer you might see yourself… and if you’re not, and you fancy joining in, why not click here and join the team!
Friday’s featured volunteers are…
The Core Team
Who are they? The lovely people that organise the festival. Some of it is glamorous – like listening to demos and deciding which bands get to play – and some of it is hard graft on funding applications and supplier contracts. But all of it is worthwhile when the party comes together and the park is full of happy, smiling people having fun.
It’s an ideal job for you if… You have event organising experience; you have helped out at Redfest before and want to get more involved; you have a lot of time to commit year-round; you reckon you can make big things happen for zero budget.
(PS: Everyone in this photo, plus the others who didn’t happen to be at the meeting when the photo was taken, deserves a really massive thank you, and in particular, the festival’s Project Manager Dom (far left) and Artistic Director Simon (at the back in a black hoodie) who lead the whole wild ride with boundless energy and copious spreadsheets. Thank you everyone!)
And don’t forget these from earlier in the week…
The Kids Team
Who are they? We have a whole area dedicated to fun for the littluns at Redfest, and it’s the Kids Team that keep the activities going and the kiddies entertained and happy (with their grown-ups, of course).
It’s an ideal job for you if… You love working with children.
(PS: On the left of this pic is Naomi who runs JollyTots music and singing workshops – if you have under-5s and haven’t been to one of her fundraising events you are missing out on loads of fun! And when she’s not doing that she works tirelessly to run Redfest’s marketing and social media. Thank you Naomi!)
What is it? It’s a fancy way of saying “chatting to random partygoers”! You might be shaking a bucket or collecting tin for donations, doing a survey about sustainability, selling t shirts, answering queries, generally being a friendly face to represent the festival, or all of these at once and more!
It’s an ideal job for you if… You love meeting people, making new friends, and feeling part of the community; you’d like to use, or develop, your sales and customer service skills; you want to see the show while you work.
(PS: If you have really sharp eyes you might spot Meg and Frankie in this photo, who did marketing and fundraising for Redfest 2013. Thank you Meg and Frankie!)
The Decor Fairies
Who are they? A festival’s not a festival without bunting, flags and lots and lots of shiny stuff, and it’s the decor crew that make that happen. They are there from early in the morning doing magic stuff with cable ties and staple guns, ready for when the party starts.
It’s an ideal job for you if… You’re a bit creative; you like working hard to a deadline; you’d rather be working before the festival than during it.
The Info Tent Team
Who are they? The info tent team answer questions from the public – from “where are the toilets?” to “what time is my favourite band playing?” – and look after lost property. They sell programmes and t shirts to bring in an important source of funding for the festival. They’re also a hub for the steward team, making sure everyone’s signed in, gets their free t shirt, and has everything they need.
It’s an ideal job for you if: you’re sociable; you’re well organised; you want to make new friends; you like to keep busy; you want to be sitting down.
(PS: the dapper chap in the sunglasses in this pic is Redfest’s head steward Dermot. He’s a key member of the team all year round and gives us so much time and expertise for absolutely nada in return. Thank you Dermot!)