Volunteering is a great way to get more involved in the Greenbelt story.
Volunteering with Greenbelt provides an opportunity for you to try out new skills, gain experience, face fresh challenges, make friends, enjoy being part of a team and most of all have fun helping to make a great festival happen.
There’s a whole host of volunteering opportunities available. We have lots of different teams being kept busy over the festival weekend – along with other groups who meet together to plan and prepare during the year. There are also administrative roles for volunteers to take on in our London office, or you could support one of our teams by taking on doing some admin at home.
As well as appreciating the Greenbelt ethos and having any specific skills or experience needed for your role, we ask that you are reliable, enthusiastic, flexible, able to listen and share, a team player with common sense and the ability to follow instructions. You should also be able to recognise your own limitations, take responsibility for yourself and adhere to Greenbelt’s health and safety and safeguarding policies.
Most teams require volunteers to commit to around 7 hours per day of the festival, which is around 28 hours in total over four days. This might be split into two or three shorter shifts per day, depending on your team. There is still plenty of time for your to enjoy the festival too.
From us to you
Greenbelt offers its volunteers:
- Weekend entry to the festival
- Food vouchers to keep you going during the hours you are on duty
- Free showers
- Free carparking
- A free pitch (if you’re bringing a caravan, trailer tent or camper van)
2017 applications are now open. Click on the link to see the roles we have available.
There will be an application form for each team, but if you’re still not sure where you’d fit best send us an email.
Supporting our Volunteers
Volunteers are essential to the success of the festival. Greenbelt provides a Lounge for all volunteers to use during the weekend. Access is for volunteers only – think of it as you would a staff room in your place of work. There is free tea/coffee and cold drinks, biscuits and comfy seats for you to enjoy as you take a well-earned break.
If you’d prefer to take a break with family and friends over the festival weekend, you’ll be able to meet up in the 24-hour Cafe at the entrance to the campsite.
If you have any questions, there’s also an information desk in the Volunteers Lounge, where seasoned volunteers will help you out and point you in the right direction.
If you’re feeling a bit isolated, or have a problem you’d like to chat through over the weekend, we also have a support team who will drop in to find out how things are going.
Food and drink
Greenbelt provides volunteers with a food voucher during the hours that they are volunteering. This is equivalent to a light meal or snack to help keep you going during that time.
Just before the festival we will also send you a copy of the Volunteer Handbook. This will give you lots of general information about volunteering and what’s available for volunteers – and will include a map of the festival site, to help you to find your way around.
It is important you read this. We will ask you to sign on your arrival to say you have.
Please let your Team Leader know if you change your address in the time between sending in your application and the festival.
We are working on the 2017 edition of the Volunteer Handbook. In the meantime, click on the link above to see the 2016 version – to get a feel of what will be in it.
Most volunteer roles are open to applicants who will be 18 years old at the time of the festival – though we do have opportunities for volunteers aged 16 and 17 (mainly in the stewards team).
If you are under 18 and interested in volunteering please email us for more details.
There is no upper age limit for volunteers.
Recruitment & You
Recruitment and references
As almost all of the volunteer roles at festival involve some contact with festivalgoers, our volunteers represent Greenbelt. We ask all volunteers to provide details of two referees. Your referees should be people who know you well, who can let us know about your character and your suitability for the role you have applied for.
If your volunteer role involves specific contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults or supervision of other volunteers with these roles, we will require you to complete an enhanced criminal records check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The details you supply on your application form will be held securely and confidentially by Greenbelt and only used in relation to your application or to contact you about matters relating to the festival.
Your details will be forwarded to the volunteer who leads the team you wish to join and they will be in touch with you with further details of your volunteering role.
We comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and take all reasonable care to prevent any unauthorised access to your personal data.
Greenbelt welcomes volunteer applications from all sections of the community and aims to treat everyone equally.
You can let us know if you consider yourself to have a disability, impairment, learning disability, medical or mental health condition which may affect the kind of volunteering role you are able to apply for. Let us know too if you have particular support needs, like large print materials or wheelchair access.
Rehabilitation of Offenders
Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from volunteering. Greenbelt will take into account only unspent and pending convictions which are relevant to the role you are applying for when assessing your suitability for that role.
Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) ex-offenders are requested to declare any unspent or pending convictions when applying for voluntary roles.
Voluntary roles with specific contact with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults will also require an criminal records check from the DBS.
Preparing our volunteers
Your Team Leader will send you all the information you need about your volunteering role. There will also be a team briefing or training session that you will need to attend before the festival begins. Most of these briefing sessions take place in the days leading up to the festival weekend. Your Team Leader will provide you with the details.
Volunteering as part of a group
Volunteers often come along to the festival and volunteer with their friends, or as part of a group. We try to accommodate requests to be on the same team or the same shift as people you know. Please tell your Team Leader when you apply and they’ll try to help out.
If you’re already a volunteer and you have a group you’d like to bring along with you, please encourage them to get involved.
Volunteers can bring children with them to the festival, but for legal and safety reasons children must not accompany volunteers while they are on duty. Your children remain your responsibility during the festival.
Some teams operate in the week before the festival is open to the public. The festival site is being built during this time and, as safety is the priority, must not to be accessed by anyone who is not required as a volunteer or member of staff. The campsite is also under construction during this week and is unsuitable for children and families.
Developing skills and changing teams
Greenbelt encourages experienced volunteers to take on additional responsibility and share their knowledge with other teams. Quite a few of our volunteer roles require previous knowledge and experience of the festival. So please let us know if you’d like to try a different team or if you feel that you’d like to take on a new challenge.