What will I be doing?
OUT is Greenbelt’s team of volunteers who help LGBTQ+ festivalgoers to get the most out of their time together. We provide signposting and resourcing to programme content and networks beyond the festival, as well as spaces for people to connect on site socially and for worship.We’re a diverse and friendly bunch; for many of us Greenbelt has been a really important part of our own faith journey – because church sometimes isn’t great. So, we’re especially concerned to connect with people who are new to Greenbelt, with people who are in the early stages of coming out, people who are just beginning to explore faith, and those who have found themselves without a regular community of belonging as a result of their sexuality or gender identity.
We welcome application from all ages (over 18), but would particularly encourage applications from those in their 20s and 30s.
Our volunteers are there to help people find their way round the programme, and to be a visible, unapologetic and approachable presence over the festival weekend.This isn’t a counselling or campaigning role – though we can signpost people to groups which do offer those opportunities – and there’s no role beyond the festival.We come along, we do our stuff, we all go home again til next year – simple!
You need to be aware that OUT’s volunteers are the public face of the queer Greenbelt community, so you’ll need to be comfortable with being identified as such while you’re at the festival, and potentially beyond, on social media. If that’s likely to make you feel uncomfortable or in any way unsafe or compromised in your home context, please take care of yourself; there are lots of other volunteer roles at the Festival which might suit you better for the time being.
We ask that, in common with all Greenbelt Festivalmakers, you attend a compulsory briefing session before undertaking any shifts.
What skills do I need?
WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS: Worship volunteers plan and co-ordinate our eucharist at the festival each year. We’re looking for people who have experience in writing and leading liturgy and some theological understanding. Much of the planning work happens before the festival, but this small group of volunteers will also be involved in leading and co-ordinating others on the day.
OUT STALL VOLUNTEERS: OUT is here to help LGBTQ+ people to get the most out of the festival.One of the main ways we do this is through our stall in the main festival site. Our volunteers staff this stall across the weekend, signposting people to relevant programme content and to resources for engagement and encounter beyond Greenbelt.
OUT AND ABOUT VOLUNTEERS: this small team of volunteers will be OUT’s presence across the festival site, at key programme events, at our own social events and generally being visible and approachable.
What hours will I be volunteering?
Most volunteers choose to commit to around 7 hours on duty per day, split into shorter shifts, or approximately 28 hours between between 9am Friday morning and 8pm Monday evening. It is possible to do shorter hours, in which case you would be asked to contribute towards your festival ticket.
Arrival would be from Thursday lunchtime, ready to complete compulsory training.