Volunteer as a Boardmaster Festival Angel
Please complete the on-line form (on the left - this form is 4 pages long, only when you press submit will the form reach us!). If you are unsure as to what dates you can commit to please let us know as soon as you can. The closing date is Saturday 14th July....
Aims and Objectives:
The aim of Festival Angels is to offer a Christian presence and to listen, care and help in the same way that Street Angels and Street Pastors do in the night time economies of many towns and cities across the nation and beyond. Our desire is to help make the Boardmasters experience a good one for everyone involved whether attending or working at the Festival.
Festival Angels will seek to respond to need, be it physical, social, emotional or spiritual and share in the life journeys of those present through encounter and being of service to people.
In 2017 the role of the Festival Angels will be to regularly rove around the festival site ensuring festival goers are safe and acting as a point of contact and support in times of need.
This is the first year that Festival Angels will be at the Boardmasters music festival and we want to be known for our integrity and reliability as those who will listen and help where we can. Prayer is important to the teams and as such we invite people to pray for our work. We won’t be pushing a faith agenda but if anyone asks about our motivation then we expect to answer with gentleness and respect for those who are asking. We will have copies of Jesus Loves Festivals Gospels if anyone asks for more.
Code of Practice:
Festival Angels will be Christians or people willing to work within the Christian ethos, aged 18+. They will agree to undertake appropriate training as determined by the Festival Angels steering group. During their time on the Festival site they should regard themselves as an ambassador of Festival Angels and act in a professional manner with a high degree of honesty and integrity. Before being accepted to serve on the team, every Festival Angel must provide the name and contact details of an appropriate referee. Each volunteer will have a Police / DBS check carried out on them by the Festival organisers - we take guidance from them if any of our volunteers are deemed not suitable.
Festival Angels’ dates for your diary
Festival Dates are August 8th – 12th 2018. We would ask that volunteers plan to arrive in time for the orientation training session at the start – exact date and timing to be confirmed.
First of all, thank you for being willing to volunteer as a Festival Angel for the 2018 Broadmasters Festival. This introduction will tell you a bit about the vision we have for the festival, what will be expected of you and also what you may need to bring.
Festival Angels grew out of local churches at Leeds Festival who started running a prayer cafe in 2011. The festival organisers of Leeds Festival were so impressed with the work of the Festival Angels in 2013 we were invited to set up detached teams and run the Lost Property alongside the Prayer Cafe. Since then the team in Leeds, working alongside CNI Network, have assisted similar work to happen at major music festivals and sporting events across the UK (and some interest overseas). Through partnership with ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) in Cornwall and across the South West we are supporting churches across Cornwall to set up Festival Angels at Boardmasters in 2017 with a view to a local team running this in future years.
What do we expect from you?
We expect all volunteers to work for a minimum of 16 hours over the 5 days, 8th - 12th August (this can be done in two 8-hour stints or 4 4-hour stints) though obviously the more you are able to offer the better. If you have a preference for a particular period, such as during the night, then please put that down. Equally if there is a particular band you really want to see then tell us and we’ll do our best to keep you free during that slot (though if everyone wants to see the same band that becomes impossible!).
A Festival Angel should be someone who:-
- Cares about the wellbeing of the person in front of them – whoever that might be
- Respects the choices, lifestyle and views of others
- Is able to empathise when someone is facing challenges
- Is willing to muck in and help where possible
- Is able to work as part of a team and follow instructions
Our aim is to start in 2017 with Detached teams with a view to expanding to other areas (such as a Prayer Cafe) in 2018.
The detached teams patrol through the site meeting with and talking to workers and campers alike, being that helping hand that helps carry the extra mile (sometimes literally), listens to the hung over and brings water to the thirsty. In a very real way being Christ’s hands and heart to the people at the festival. Some experience of Christian ministry on the streets (such as Street Angels and Street Pastors) would be helpful but not essential as all inexperienced volunteers will be paired with experienced ones.
What is our Vision for Festival Angels?
Our vision for Festival Angels is that across the festival we can be a presence of the Christians from across the region standing with the young people as they enjoy themselves at the festival.
Our vision is that some of the young people who attend the festival might go home with a greater respect for Christians making a difference as a result of our presence and our care.
Our vision is that we might see prayers answered and young lives turned towards Jesus.
We also will have available "Jesus Loves Festivals"; copies of Mark's Gospel which can be used to give to those festival goers who show an interest in the Christian faith through conversation.
What do you need to bring?
The majority of volunteers will stay within our camp-site area in the workers section. We hope to have an assigned area to camp in which is private from the main camping and in the ‘workers’ area. Volunteers coming from afar can camp in this area but will need to bring their own cooking facilities and food.
While at the festival you’ll need wellies (everybody wears wellies) and sufficient clothes for a variety of weathers across the weekend. You can buy food at the festival, but that can be expensive !