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Volunteering

Want to become a Freedom Volunteer?

A festival built on the pioneering spirit of William Wilberforce although we find ourselves in challenging and uncertain times, we hope that Freedom Festival will still be able to go ahead as planned on 4-6 September.

We’re continuing with our work to make this happen however, we have decided to delay our volunteer call out until a more appropriate time. Please keep checking back, sign up to our newsletter and keep an eye on our social media channels for announcements - you'll be the first to know when our application window opens.

Until then, stay safe and well, and we hopefully look forward to seeing you later this year. 

Please note that the University of Hull students' info session, due to be held on 1 April, has been postponed due to Covid-19. Information on future sessions will be published as soon as they've been arranged.  

What does a Freedom Volunteer do?

A volunteer at Freedom Festival is enthusiastic, flexible and committed, and supports the festival in a variety of ways. Each of the voluntary roles helps to make the festival experience as fantastic as possible for the public and the artists as well as staff and other volunteers too!

This year our plans are to keep things simple, with three different Volunteer Teams, Meet and Greet Team, the Media Team and the Artist Liaison TeamThe roles require very different skill sets and provide very different experiences, but each is equally important to making sure that Freedom Festival 2020 is the biggest success yet!

Our volunteers get full training to make sure that they know the festival and their role well before their shifts. They get a Freedom Maker t-shirt to wear on shift and then keep after the festival. We make sure they’re fed and watered, with hot meals while on shift. They get a backstage view of the festival, and lots of insider knowledge about how our award-winning international arts festival works. Each Freedom Maker can request a reference after the festival, to add to their CV alongside all the skills and experience they’ve picked up. And of course, Freedom Makers get an invitation to the exclusive Freedom Festival wrap party, held on the Sunday night of the festival.

Meet and Greet Team

Smile! You’ll be the face of Freedom throughout the festival. Meet and Greet is our biggest team, and for good reason! This is a versatile role, encompassing many different duties that help to welcome visitors to the city and to the festival, and make sure that everyone has the best time possible while they’re here! You may be asked to support specific acts, or you could be based more generally on site as the first port of call for visitors as they enjoy the festival.  

This is a really exciting opportunity as you get to tell the public about the programme, festival and our great city. You will undoubtedly be asked ‘what’s the best thing to see?’, ‘what’s the big spectacle this year?’ and ‘where is the nearest toilet?’

You could be working in the city centre, making sure that every visitor is equipped with a programme; you might be pointing people towards a roaming show; you could be front-of-house at a show, stewarding a walkabout show and looking after its audiences; you might find yourself looking after an accessible viewing area or even working with our box office team to distribute tickets to our visitors.

Some people come to the festival to see specific acts; others come for a day out with the family with no idea what to expect. This is where you come in! Keep an eye on the programme so that you can point visitors in the direction of a suitable show and make their day!

Media Team

The Media Team play a really important role in telling the world all about Freedom Festival and what a great time we’re all having! You must have a strong interest in social media, in creating digital content and writing reviews for shows.

You’ll be creating and developing content for our social media, with a particular focus on Instagram stories as well as conducting short vox-pop-style interviews with artists and audience members to record the Freedom experience. These will be both for immediate use and for our records for years to come.

As a Media Team volunteer you will get the opportunity to scour the festival for exciting media content. You will be trained by our Marketing and PR executives. Please note that this role is evolving as media demands change: if you prefer to be out and about in the thick of the festival taking photos, you should apply to be part of the Meet and Greet team and can bring your camera to capture photographs as part of that role: photography will not be a key part of the 2020 Media Team brief.

There may also be opportunities for some Media Team volunteers to be remotely involved in additional social media activity over the summer, too. This will be offered where applicable after applications have closed.

Artist Liaison Team

Our Artist Liaison team work hard alongside the Artist Liaison Manager to make sure that each artist visiting Freedom Festival has the best experience at the festival, and leaves with an incredible impression of Hull and its people.

This role includes meeting and greeting artists, welcoming them to the Freedom Festival family and to the city of Hull, and assisting them with anything that they might need to make their performance or their stay in the city a success. Sometimes this could include manning the Artist Liaison desk at the hub, and allocating artists’ accreditation, welcome packs and meals; at other times you may be based in dressing rooms or you could be out in the city, fulfilling artists’ requests.

Please note that this role can be quite unpredictable and requires a lot of flexibility as well as enthusiasm and a very friendly face! We welcome a lot of international artists to the festival, so if you can speak another language, be sure to mention this at the application stage; don’t worry if not though, this is not a requirement of the role!

Our Volunteer Agreement

As a Freedom Maker, you can expect us to:

  1. Give equal opportunities to everyone who wants to volunteer.
  2. Provide a positive and friendly atmosphere.
  3. Match your skills and experience with a suitable role.
  4. Assist with the acquisition and development of skills.
  5. Make necessary arrangements to ensure your health, safety and welfare.
  6. Respect all volunteers and encourage strong two-way communication at all times.
  7. Offer appropriate information and support to assist you in carrying out your role both ahead of, and for the duration of, the event.
  8. Give notice of any change to arrangements as soon as possible.
  9. Celebrate success and recognize loyalty and dedication.
  10. Provide all volunteers with a reference, if required, on completion of the programme.

 

As a Freedom Maker, we expect you to:

  1. Act as a good advocate and always consider and protect the good reputation of Freedom Festival Arts Trust in your actions and conduct.
  2. Be friendly and approachable to participants, members of the public, other volunteers and staff.
  3. Treat everyone equally regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability.
  4. Be respectful towards all individuals and not use language that could cause offence.
  5. Work in partnership with other volunteers, staff and the general public.
  6. Commit fully to your allocated time slots, tasks and responsibilities.
  7. Follow the instructions and guidelines provided by the Freedom Festival Arts Trust team.
  8. Refrain from smoking and not be under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs while on duty.
  9. Understand that Freedom Festival Arts Trust shall not be liable for any injury or loss occurring as a result of volunteering.
  10. Provide as much notice as possible should you be unable to attend one of the days or sessions you are scheduled to participate in.
  11. Be committed to having the best possible experience and getting the most out of your involvement.

"Our volunteers are the beating heart
of Freedom Festival."