THE award-winning national Festival of Thrift is calling out for thrift and event-loving volunteers to help make this late summer’s festival a roaring success.
The two-day thrift extravaganza, being held once again at Darlington’s Lingfield Point on September 27 and 28, made a huge debut in 2013 where it attracted 27,000 visitors.
And the organisers are now on the hunt for people within the region to volunteer across the festival weekend.
Darlington Cares – a partnership of the town’s employers whose skills, expertise and volunteering are matched to community-based projects – has joined with the Festival of Thrift to recruit and coordinate volunteers.
Whether you’re a budding Festival Director hungry for work experience on one of the most innovative and upcoming UK festivals, or you’re a local thrifter keen to be part of the magic, there’s an array of opportunities on offer across the weekend.
Festival Director Stella Hall said: “Last year our volunteers did a tremendous job – as our most important ambassadors they really pulled together and were a key factor in making the weekend such an enjoyable experience for everyone who came.
“This time round there are many more ways for people to get involved and really make an impact while helping us create a truly exceptional and memorable festival. There is a volunteering opportunity for everyone and we urge anyone with a love for what we’re doing here to get involved.”
This year there are more chances than before to be part of the festival with five different types of role on offer.
Steward roles offer the chance to support events, meet and greet the public and help festival folk with any queries.
There’s the opportunity to help dress the festival venues and put up signage across the extensive sight in the Dressing role.
For a more hands-on volunteer, the Technical and General Assistance role offers the chance to help move furniture and equipment around the site along with rigging and de-rigging before and after the festival.
Those with a love for visual arts or performance would be best suited to the Artist Liason role where they will be helping the festival’s innovative artists
There’s also the opportunity to be an Assistant helping out with craft and skill based workshops across the two days.
Volunteers can join in on various days from Thursday 25 September until Monday 29 September and sessions are split into three sections allowing volunteers flexibility and the chance to help out at numerous points across the weekend.
Katie Blundell, programme manager at Darlington Cares, says: “We are delighted to be working with the Festival of Thrift. Last year’s event was a phenomenal success and really put Darlington on the map. Event volunteers played a really important role and we have fantastic opportunities for people to get involved this year. Whether you would like to help out for the full weekend and gain some valuable event management experience or assist with a workshop one morning, we would love to hear from you.”
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Katie Blundell, Darlington Cares programme manager on 07917 473992, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.darlingtoncares.co.uk. Please note volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
For more information about this exciting 2-day event, feel free to log onto www.festivalofthrift.co.uk for more information.