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Volunteer at Forum

Volunteer at Forum

We need enthusiastic volunteers to get stuck in with a variety of behind-the-scenes jobs. If you’re 18 and over we have a variety of teams you could be involved in. It’s a chance to meet new people, experience something different and serve God in a practical way!

‘Through volunteering, I have been equipped to come back and serve my CU, my church and everyone else in so many ways.’

‘Volunteering is fun and because I benefited a lot from going to Forum when I was leading CU and can see how necessary the volunteers are.’

‘It was simply a joy to look out on the field of tents, knowing that there we were helping students leaders to come and hear God speak to them. It was wonderful seeing students refreshed and equipped for mission.’

Food and indoor accommodation will be provided free of charge. Volunteering is a full-time role at Forum, and shouldn’t be considered as a way to attend Forum for free - after all, you can listen to all the talks afterwards on our website!

If you have a heart for student mission, this could be a great way to round off your summer. Details about the different teams is available below.

Stewards

The back-bone of Forum, stewards provide essential support throughout the week. Part of a large and friendly team, you will help manage our venues, including the main meetings, teaching tracks, and After Hours events. You will help set up facilities for meetings and provide day-time site security through patrols. Stewards with any technical experience with small PA or recording equipment will also be valuable for recording workshops. If you can work well as part of a team, and are a problem solver with a helpful and friendly attitude then we’d love to hear from you!

We’re also looking for stewards with skill or experience in carpentry, painting or textiles to assist with on-site preparations, if you specialise in any of these areas please indicate this in your application form.

Cooks

Working in a team of volunteers, under the supervision of the professional catering staff in the kitchens, you will prepare food and help to run the kitchens. You will provide hospitality to students and guests, and enjoy working in a small fun team. No special cooking skills will be required as everything will be explained by the professional catering team, but if you enjoy preparing food that’s a plus! If you work well taking instructions, and enjoy a scheduled routine this could be the role for you!

Hospitality

We require a small team of hospitality volunteers to help welcome guests, and support the day-to-day needs of the Forum management team and volunteers. This role will require hard work, patience and cheerfulness. Sunny smiles and feeling at ease meeting and greeting will also be of benefit! You will be preparing rooms for our guests, including cleaning and distributing linen, delivering meals to Forum staff and the volunteers who are unable to leave their posts during meals times, as well as being on hand to welcome guests each day, and deal with any of their practical needs. We also require one hospitality volunteer who can bring their car to Forum and act as a driver to help deliver heavy things across a large site (see more information below).

Technical

Volunteers who join the technical team need to have experience in running small PA systems and using recording equipment - an ability to operate multimedia (AV) equipment is also valuable, but not essential. You’ll be able to use your gifts to serve the IT and technical needs of our main meetings, teaching tracks and workshops, plus After Hours events.

First Aiders

If you have an up-to-date First Aid qualification then we would love to hear from you! We need male and female first aiders to support the health and safety needs of the students and staff at Forum. We will provide all the equipment you need including an extensive first aid kit, a designated first aid area, plus your own walkie-talkies! Being able to deal with everything from bruises to broken bones with a calm, caring and common-sense attitude is essential.

Drivers

We need stewards at Forum who will act predominantly as drivers. With various guests arriving throughout the week we need drivers on standby to provide essential transport. You may be taking people to the nearest train station, making a few essential trips to the nearest Sainsbury’s, or helping the hospitality team who often transport heavy things across site. You will need a valid UK drivers licence, and be able to bring your car to Forum – depending on your sense of direction bringing a Sat Nav could be useful! We will of course reimburse all petrol costs used throughout the week. When not driving, you’ll be able to take part in other steward activities.

Night Security

We’re looking for a small team to provide a visible presence on site through the night to look out for the safety of the delegates and the security of their belongings. Anyone with experience of security or night-time working is especially encouraged to apply. Volunteers should be willing to take on the aspects of patrolling that this will entail. An ability to stay awake at night will be helpful! Your services will be required on four consecutive nights from 12pm until 7am. You will be working in pairs, have your own sleeping quarters to ensure proper rest during the day, as well as access to hot food at night. We will provide the equipment that is needed.

Dates

Technical and First Aid volunteers are needed from Friday 29th August until Friday 5th September.

Steward, Hospitality and Driver volunteers are needed from Saturday 30th August until Friday 5th September.

Cooks and Night Security volunteers are needed from Monday 1st until Friday 5th September.

Mobility

The nature of Forum’s large site means that if you have any health issues, particularly with mobility, that it would be advisable to think carefully if there is a suitable role. Please do get in touch to chat about the best way to use your gifts.

How do I apply?

You can apply by filling in your details and submitting this form.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch.

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