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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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/
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/