What to expect
Some of the volunteer roles are specific and may run throughout the Festival. Others are based in fixed locations, and many are reactive - responding to requests and questions. We've provided an outline of the tasks to give you a flavour of the roles. With a varied public attending the Festival, volunteers need to be flexible and able to respond to all reasonable requests in a positive manner. The exciting range of Festival projects and events are unpredictable and at times, the Festival team is likely to be under pressure to deliver activity and allocate resources. This requires volunteers to use common sense and their own initiative at all times. However, if you are ever in doubt, get in touch with a member of the Festival team.
In return for your commitment, the Festival team will make every effort to ensure you enjoy being a Festival volunteer. We'll try to facilitate you in going to the Festival events you want to attend, engage your passions whist making sure you gain valuable experience and of course, have fun!
Hosting and Event support - Festival venues
The London Design Festival is directly responsible for a number of events at specific venues during the Festival. Volunteers are needed to help at these locations - such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and Trafalgar Square. Tasks are likely to include providing information and assistance, handing out guides, answering questions and collecting data.
We also need a small number of people to help us manage our digital output, including social media, during the London Design Festival. If you're tech-savvy, or used to blogging and tweeting, make sure you let us know.
Out and About / Reportage / Data Capture
A key task of the Festival team is to capture the Festival, which in turn helps promote the programme. By getting out and about, volunteers represent the Festival with Partner organisations, check that things are running smoothly and gain a sense of the programme.
Some volunteers will be given data-capture training to assist in approaching members of the public - and partner organisations - to answer questions and get invaluable data about the Festival using incentives, such as specially designed Festival badges. These volunteers can visit the office to get more forms and badges for your shift. Completed data forms need to be kept carefully and returned to the Festival office ASAP.
Reporting on the Festival is another task for volunteers who are out and about; we need images from across the Festival, for the Festival's social media channels as well as write-ups and opinions that can help keep the news page updated. This is an exciting opportunity for those interested in design, writing, and photography.
Finally, we need to gather names from around the Festival for the Festival e-Newsletter.
Volunteering applications are now closed until London Design Festival 2017. We hope you will join us then.