Volunteer as a Boardmaster Festival Angel
Welcome to the Festival Angel volunteer page for 2019.
This application form is for several festivals and sporting events that Festival Angels are at - this way if you want to volunteer at multiple festivals (or just Boardmasters) you only need complete one form!
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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 for Boardmasters Festival Angels applications is 13th July 2019 OR when we reach our limit of volunteers.
Aims and Objectives:
The aim of Festival Angels is to offer a Christian presence and expressions of Christian service to all those attending and working at various music festivals across the UK.
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 service.
The presence of the Festival Angels will be known by differing means e.g.
Our heart and vision is to show that Jesus Loves Festivals and our various activities across numerous festivals help to creatively engage festival goers in expressing their faith and sharing in the faith of others.
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 different Festival Angels steering groups. During their time on the Festival site, especially whilst on team and in a uniform, volunteers should conduct themselves appropriately and act in a professional manner recognising that volunteering as a Festival Angel is representing the brand and the Christian faith. 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 coordinators (generally the company who run the festival) - we take guidance from them if any of our volunteers are deemed not suitable.
Festival Angels / CNI Network (the umbrella organisation for Festival Angels) adhere to GDPR and by completing the form you agree that your details can be shared with the festivals you wish to volunteer at (both Festival Angels coordinators and the festival company).
We will process your application and take references. We will let you know if you are successful or not once we have received these. We will be sending out a DoodlePoll for people to fill in and these will form the rotas. Please read the general guidance below and further guidance will be available closer to the festival.
Many thanks for your interest.
First of all, thank you for being willing to volunteer as a Festival Angel for the 2019 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 20 hours over the 5 days, 8th - 12th August though obviously the more you are able to offer the better. We may need to insist that volunteers do 1 night shift within this to ensure the nights are covered (where there is more need for detached teams). The Prayer Cafe is yet to be finalised and we will let people know once it is. 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
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.
We are hoping to have a bus that is now converted to a cafe! From here we will serve drinks and light snacks and provide a safe place area for people to sit and relax. We will include various elements that will help people who are wanting to pray as well as Jesus Loves Festivals materials. The cafe will be run by a local church with others helping run what will be a busy place!
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 !