Get involved

Would you like to help out and volunteer at the Festival?

  • Flexible 1-2 hour shifts
  • Free entry
  • Variety of jobs
  • Flouro vest provided (to keep – great for cycling!). Limited number available – please bring along last year’s vest, if a repeat volunteer.
  • Certificate of participation on request
  • Be a much appreciated participant in making the Festival a success!

Could you please let us know your availability, types of jobs you can do and any skills that you’d like to share (Town Crier, Juggler, Strong Person, Techo Head…) – also if you’d like to help in the lead-up to the Festival with promotion (esp. on social networking sites) or helping on jobs still needed to be done on various sessions. Helping with maps/signage in the week prior.

During the whole Festival weekend we’ll also be needing a couple of people to just help with the music – assisting in setting up sound system etc

Have a look at the program and see which sessions you’d like to attend so you can work your volunteer time around that. You could also put your hand up to be the Room Monitor for that session if you like.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • We would like volunteers to keep their fluro FSF vests on if possible when not working in order to help “lost” people with directions and programme info.
  • Please ensure someone is there to take over when you have finished your allocated time.
  • Don’t forget to drink water and eat.
  • We understand there are volunteers who also wish to attend some of the sessions and we will do our best to accommodate each person’s wishes.
  •  If you are running late to (wo)man a station/area, you may be holding up someone who is booked into a session. Make sure you have a contact phone number for backup in case of a change of plan.
  • If wandering in vest – check on gate people that they have water etc now and again.
  • REMEMBER: Helping each other benefits the whole event – help each other out and enjoy the show!

 Volunteer Jobs and Schedule

At this stage we need volunteers:

 Friday night between 4.30 and 9.30 to help set up the hall and usher for the Q&A session (which is 6.30-8.30pm). There will be light refreshments from 6pm so some help will be needed with that too.

Just let us know what times you will be available.

Saturday between 8am and 6pm / Sunday 8.30 – 5pm

  • Front gate
  • Room support for each session – checking rooms/seating/sound/needs of presenters
  • Room monitor for each session – ushering people in/ helping w/above
  • Helping with set up (morning) or pack up (late afternoon)
  • Info. Stall
  • Lifters / fetchers
  • Ushering people in to sessions

Times (roughly at this stage):

Fri:    4.30pm – 9.30pm  (see above)

Sat:   8.00am -10.15 / 10.15 – 11.15 / 11.15 – 12.30
          (Sessions 11.30 – 12.30: room monitors
         12.15 – 1.15 / 1.15 – 3.15  (Sessions 1.30 – 3: room monitors) / 4 – 6pm

Sun:   8.30am -10 / 10 -12 / 12 – 2 / 2 – 5pm
         (Workshops 10 – 1 and 1 – 3 + Ideas Expo., Food, Entertainment 12.30 – 3)

Please email or call Liza: lizapezzano@hotmail.com (0421 080 333)

Dee: dee.brooks@newcastle.edu.au

and let us know:

  • Name/ contact number (preferably mobile) / email
  • Time (s) available
  • Job preferences
  • Level of flexibility
  • Other info. that may be useful!

THANK YOU!!!

There are a variety of other ways you can help make the festival a success as well

Participate in Slum Survivor

Every day, over one billion people on our planet have to survive in the growing slums in many of the world’s cities. Toilets may be non-existent, or shared between hundreds of people. Piped water is a luxury that people living in slums can’t afford – water is generally collected from a communal tap or pump or even bought from water vendors at high prices. This is reality for over a billion people on our planet. Imagine if it was your reality.

During the Festival, the 10 brave contestants will build and live in their own slum house (built out of basic discarded materials) for 48 hours, eat simple food, face restrictions in what clothing and personal items they can bring and compete in challenges that simulate aspects of slum life. (Contact Bronwyn Grieve – greiveandcommunity@hotmail.com)

Help with IT and Video

We hope to video, webcast and/or record some of the sessions and are looking for people with interest in these, and relevant experience. We are also looking for people who can help with photography. (Contact John Shiel on 0419296 103  jafshiel (at) gmail.com). See the call for IT and Video volunteers.

Put your social media expertise to good use.

You could help promote it through social media and the web with photos and video, and we also hope we will have people able to do live blogs, facebook updates and tweets throughout the festival.

Have a stall

If you are interested in having a stall that fits in with our themes they are free for not for profits, $10 for commercial stalls not charging GST and $50 for stalls that charge GST. (Contact David Jack – david.jack@det.nsw.edu.au)

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