Call-out for volunteers to help with our summer fundraiser festival
FRIEND Festival will be on the 14-16th July this year. But we need your help to make it even better than last year, and we rely on our fantastic volunteers to help keep everything run smoothly. During the festival we need help with stewarding, gate crew, bar, kitchen, rubbish and recycling, toilet team, general help and of course help with caring for the animals. If you can get the time off work, we need helpers the days before and after the festival to help put up the marquees and help prepare, as well as take everything down and clean up. (Most work will be done the week before and the week after) By volunteering you can be a part of making this weekend one to remember, where everyone feels looked after and has a lovely time. You’ll meet like-minded people and make good friends too, as well as learning some extra skills. We really want this to be a special and uplifting weekend. Can you help us? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org , saying how long you’d like to help, what task you’d prefer and your phone number. Extra prizes for rubbish and recycling and toilet team! We’ll confirm and ask you closer to the time once the setlist has been announced, asking what shifts you can do. Thanks and let’s make this the best festival yet!
Volunteering at Friend
We’ve had lots of interest from people who want to volunteer. This will be a busy summer for us as we’re giving the site a re-vamp and improving the infrastructure. Our current volunteer days are very successful and at the moment we have enough volunteers – if we get too many more we’ll struggle to find jobs for you to do!
If you’re desperate to come down and help, read ‘What we need from volunteers’ and get in touch with the people mentioned below. We desperately need help with fundraising – you could volunteer to do this (see ‘Fundraising’ below). If you’re unable to do this, you could come to one of our open days. We also organise private tours in summer but ask for a donation, please get in touch for more info.
Current volunteer days
Currently we have three volunteer work days on the 2nd, 3rd and last Saturdays of the month. This works well for us as the people involved organise the group and the visit themselves.
- The contact for the 2nd Saturday is London Vegan Meetup group
- 3rd Saturday is organised via the 3rd Saturday FRIEND Facebook group
- The last Saturday is organised by the London Animal Rights meet-up group
If you’re coming from somewhere else on these days you can still get in touch with these people and they’ll tell you where to go from there.
A job that we desperately need volunteers for is fundraising. You could hold bake sales, raffles, sponsored walks/runs/etc, office events, benefit gigs, the list goes on! Please get in touch with email@example.com for more information.
There are plenty of other things you can do for FRIEND! You can organise fundraising events, stalls, food donations, help with admin, artwork and design, etc… If you have a skill that will come in handy e.g. plumbing, electrics, carpentry, building etc., please get in touch and we’ll get back to you!
What we need from volunteers
We need volunteers who are dedicated to coming down on a regular basis. People who want to do something for the animals, who want to take responsibility for the work they do here. We want this for many reasons:
- We need regularity so we know that the volunteer day is going ahead, and that there will be people there who can assist in organising the group
- You will learn a lot about animal care, and will be able to pass this information on to teach new volunteers the skills
- It makes running the sanctuary easier
- You’ll get to meet new friends and catch up with them, as well as see the fruit of your work
If you can’t commit, that’s fine!
Just pop down to one of our open days!