Volunteer with Bristol Food Connections 2019
Thank you for expressing your interest in joining the Bristol Food Connections volunteer team in 2019! Complete the application form to tell us a bit about yourself, which roles you are interested in and your availability. Application Deadline – Wednesday 29th May, 2019 *Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis so please do apply. Volunteers must commit to at least two 6 hour shifts, or a total of at least 12 hours, over the festival. Volunteers are of course entitled to a short break during your shifts as long as they are covered. Each volunteer will receive a festival t-shirt which allows access to selected Festival Hub and city-wide events. A meal is provided for each shift and local public transportation expenses within Bristol can be reimbursed with receipt. Completing the application form does not guarantee your shift – the BFC team will be back in touch to confirm this with each applicant.
About You
Full Name *
Contact Number - mobiles please *
Contact Email - We mainly use email to keep in touch with our volunteers! *
Why do you want to volunteer with Bristol Food Connections? What skills would you love to bring to the team? Have a look at the job descriptions below and mention which roles you think you're the perfect fit for. *
Have you volunteered with Bristol Food Connections before? If so, when were you part of the team and what was your role?
A mandatory volunteer team briefing will be held from 5-6PM on Monday 10th June, 2019 at Colston Hall. You will meet the events team and learn more about your roles. *
Are you First Aid trained? (not a requirement to volunteer) *
Are you DBS checked? (not a requirement to volunteer) *
Do you have a Food Handler Certificate? (not a requirement to volunteer) *
How did you hear about this volunteering opportunity? If you heard about this volunteering opportunity through UWE or Bristol University, tell us which university and programme you are studying with. *
Choose your shifts
Let us know which roles you are interested in and when you are available. Completing the application form does not guarantee your shift – the BFC team will be back in touch to confirm this with each applicant.

Role descriptions are below and shift times vary depending on the role. Note - You can choose to either work with the communications & social media team / monitoring & evaluation team OR helping at the festival hub as we need solid teams on each end.

Remember, you must be able to commit to two 6-hour shifts, or a total of 12 hours, throughout the festival. You are of course entitled to a short break during your shifts as long as they are covered by another volunteer.

Communications & Social Media Team
Shifts available Wednesday 12 June – Sunday 23 June 2019

Note - You can choose to either work with the communications & social media team / monitoring & evaluation team OR helping at the festival hub as we need solid teams on each end.

Learn how to put what you know about social media into practice as part of our integrated social team. Working under the guidance of our Communications team, you will contribute to our strategic social approach which will help to make our 100+ events more than a sum of their parts, and learn what it takes to develop and deliver a coherent social media campaign of epic proportions! This role is on your feet and will take you to various areas of Bristol. Communications & Social Media team shifts will vary, depending on the days you are volunteering and the start / end times of partner events throughout Bristol. Check out the type of events you could be covering - https://www.bristolfoodconnections.com/whats-on

When are you available for Communications & Social Media Team?
Wed 12 June
Thurs 13 June
Fri 14 June
Sat 15 June
Sun 16 June
Mon 17 June
Tues 18 June
Wed 19 June
Thurs 20 June
Fri 21 June
Sat 22 June
Sun 23 June
AM
PM
ALL DAY
Monitoring & Evaluation Team
Shifts available Wednesday 12 June – Sunday 23 June 2019

Note - You can choose to either work with the communications & social media team / monitoring & evaluation team OR helping at the festival hub as we need solid teams on each end.

Love some good feedback? The future success of the festival depends on our ability to effectively capture the impact of the event, and to communicate this effectively to our funders, partners and supporters. In line with the old adage ‘if it’s not measured, it can’t be managed’ this work will help to ensure we learn as much as we can from delivery of the festival this year, so that we can make improvements in future years. The role will include visiting different events, talking to people about their experiences of participation, and collecting qualitative and quantitative information to feed back to the festival organising team. You may also (but optionally) be involved in helping to compile that information into meaningful reports after the festival. This opportunity will suit anyone who likes getting out and engaging with people from all walks of life.

When are you available for Monitoring & Evaluation Team?
Wed 12 June
Thurs 13 June
Fri 14 June
Sat 15 June
Sun 16 June
Mon 17 June
Tues 18 June
Wed 19 June
Thurs 20 June
Fri 21 June
Sat 22 June
Sun 23 June
AM
PM
ALL DAY
Festival Hub Info Point & Venue Support
Shifts available Thursday 13 - Friday 21 June

This year's Festival Hub is hosted at Bristol's iconic Colston Hall from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 June. Five floors of The Colston Hall will be transformed into a celebration of food from live cooking demos - with some of the top chefs in the business - to stimulating conversations, a buzzing market and delectable pop-up supper clubs to challenge the mind and tantalise the taste buds.

Our Festival Hub Info Point is in the entrance of Bristol’s iconic Colston Hall. This is the first point of call for many festival-goers. Our Info Point team are responsible for enthusiastically explaining festival highlights to the public and answer queries in person. Don’t worry – you’ll be briefed beforehand. You must be a good communicator, more than happy to speak with the public, attentive to detail. excited about the aims of the festival and responsible with festival equipment such as tablets and card readers. This role involves:

- Sharing details about the festival programme to festival goers and members of the public
- Answering public queries aboout the festival in general and the festival hub
- Sharing information about the festival's fresh-range offer (though there will be dedicated team to do this) https://www.bristolfoodconnections.com/fresh-range/
- Help sell books related to the demos, talks and events taking place throughout the building (Thursday 13 and Friday 14 June only)
- Keeping an eye over the tidiness and safety of the info point
- During busy times, you may also be helping event managers with Venue Support tasks throughout Colston Hall as needed

When are you available for Festival Hub Info Point & Venue Support?
Thurs 13 June
Fri 14 June
Sat 15 June
Sun 16 June
9:00AM - 3.00PM
1:00PM - 7:00PM
When are you available for Festival Hub Info Point & Venue Support (these shorter shifts take place when there are no other events at Colston Hall)
Mon 17 June
Tues 18 June
Wed 19 June
Thurs 20 June
Fri 21 June
10:30AM - 2:30PM
Festival Hub Stewarding & Venue Support / Runner
Shifts available Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 June, some early mornings and late nights available

This year's Festival Hub is hosted at Bristol's iconic Colston Hall from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 June. Five floors of The Colston Hall will be transformed into a celebration of food from live cooking demos - with some of the top chefs in the business - to stimulating conversations, a buzzing market and delectable pop-up supper clubs to challenge the mind and tantalise the taste buds.

The role of Festival Hub Steward is varied and depends on the needs of the day and where your post is in Colston Hall. This role is for people who love to be on their feet, are attentive to detail, are very comfortable speaking to the public, and are able to keep calm in busy environments. This role involves:

- Welcoming and directing the public within the venue (There will be events taking place from the Lower Ground Floor to the Third Floor, so we need help sign-posting people to the areas to which they want to go).
- Monitoring door lists for ticketed events, such as the Brain Food area, the Restaurant Space, and some workshops taking place as part of Breastfeeding & Beyond
- Helping move tables and furniture in various areas in the changeover between events
- Acting as a venue “runner” - this means working with Event Managers to stock up on materials, getting information from point A to B, and keeping an eye on the cleanliness of staff and VIP rooms.

When are you available for Festival Hub Stewarding & Venue Support / Runner?
Demo Kitchen Area Manager at Festival Hub
Shifts available Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 June 2019
Please note this role requires a shift of 7 hours to accommodate for the hours of the demo kitchen; for which the area manager will be compensated with an extra perk.

Live cooking demos will be taking place in the Lower Ground Floor foyer of Colston Hall. As Demo Kitchen Area Manager you will be working in the exciting throws of a live event and working closely with festival staff and artists. You must be attentive to detail, a great communicator, able to stay calm under pressure, and have initiative to relay any issues to BFC staff. The role involves:

- Acting as artist liaison for chefs
- Working with the stage host/home economist to check that the cooking area is kept clean
- Liaising with and alerting the technical production person on the floor of any technical issues. This also involves putting lapel mics on chefs and checking the sound.
- Working with venue staff to check that enough seats are set up for the public and that the cooking area is kept tidy
- Working with other volunteers to help hand out tasters

When are you available for Demo Kitchen Area Manager?
Sat 15 June
Sun 16 June
10AM-5PM
Brain Food Area Manager at the Festival Hub
Shifts available Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 June 2019

A vibrant programme of talks and panel debates, our Brain Food “Feasts” and “Snacks” at the Festival Hub are aimed at getting everyone to think more consciously about what we eat. As Demo Kitchen Area Manager you will be working in the exciting throws of a live event and working closely with festival staff and artists. You must be attentive to detail, a great communicator, able to stay calm under pressure, and have initiative to relay any issues to BFC staff. The role involves:

- Acting as artist liaison for speakers and panelists
- Liaising with and alerting the technical production person on the floor of any technical issues. This also involves putting lapel mics on chefs and checking the sound
- Working with other volunteer team members to check names off the door lists (Brain Food talks are ticketed)
- Working with venue staff to check that enough seats are set up for the public and that the area is kept tidy
- Relaying any urgent issues on the 3rd floor to BFC staff

Check out what Brain Food events are taking place here! https://www.bristolfoodconnections.com/brain-food/

When are you available for Brain Food Area Manager?
Sat 15 June
Sun 16 June
9AM - 3PM
12PM - 6PM
Fresh-range Promo Team at the Festival Hub
Shifts available Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 June

Do you love fresh, local and sustainable produce? Do you have a knack for engaging strangers in interesting conversation? Join the fresh-range promo team! Fresh-range is one of our 2019 festival sponsors and we want to shout to the roof-tops about their incredible work.

The fresh-range volunteer team engages the public in conversation about alternatives to your standard supermarket and offering an exciting shopping offer available to festival-goers. You MUST be outgoing, comfortable working on your feet, and happy approaching and engaging strangers in the work of fresh-range.

Check out fresh-range's awesome work here: https://www.bristolfoodconnections.com/fresh-range/

When are you available for fresh-range Promo Team?
Thurs 13 June
Fri 14 June
Sat 15 June
Sun 16 June
9AM - 3PM
1PM - 7PM
City-wide Partner Event Support
Bristol Food Connections has 70+ event partners holding their own events throughout the city, from workshops, pop-up dinners, food-related entertainment and family activities. Give us your postcode and we’ll let you know if there are any events taking place in YOUR area that need help! (https://www.bristolfoodconnections.com/whats-on/)
If you're interested in helping out at a partner event in your neighbourhood, please write your post code and availability here:
A bit more about you...
Do you want to volunteer with a friend? You must list your friend's FULL name here and your friend must complete this application for themselves too. We will do our best so you can volunteer at the same time.
Age Range
Do you have any medical conditions we should be aware of? *
What is your t-shirt size? We will do our best to supply t-shirts for all shifts. If you submit your application after May 15, we cannot guarantee you will receive your desired size. *
Emergency Contact
We need to be able to get in touch with a friend or family member of yours should you get ill or have an urgent issue during your shift.
Emergency Contact Full Name *
Emergency Contact Number *
Emergency Contact Email *
Emergency Contact Relationship to you *
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