Festival Volunteers

A festival is a big undertaking, and depends a lot on those who live in the area giving up their time to help. In return you get the enjoyment of being part of something exciting and the knowledge that you were one of those who made it happen as well as the opportunity to hear some of today’s most outstanding poets.

Below are some of the roles and tasks we need your help with. You can do something as simple and one-off as leafleting your own road or commit to doing something throughout the festival – it is ALL extremely useful to us!

Event Stewards

Event Stewards come for a morning, afternoon or evening session during the festival. They meet and greet members of the public at festival events. They take tickets, answer queries, give directions, help with setting up the venue and help seat the audience. They may be involved in helping to organise book signings after the event. They usually sit in on the event.

Workshop Stewards

Workshops Stewards look after the authors and participants in our workshop events. They meet and greet members of the public, take tickets, answer queries, give directions, make refreshments and are likely to be needed to help move chairs and tables in the workshop room. They sit in on and are encouraged to participate in the event. This role is fairly active.


During the festival we will be using a number of venues around Winchester. Our visiting poets will not be familiar with the city and volunteer escorts will accompany poets to their performance venue and back to the main hub at the Winchester Discovery Centre. Meeting some performers at the railway station may also be required.

Social Media Volunteers

Social media volunteers help to spread the word for example during the festival we will continue to update Facebook and Twitter with the day’s activities.

General Helpers/Runners

The festival also needs volunteers to help with various administration duties such as putting up posters, updating display boards, keeping track of whereabouts of performers, answering queries from audience members.

This list is not exhaustive as there are many ways in which volunteers can help.


No previous experience is needed but you will need to be:

Over 16

Punctual and reliable

Practical and hardworking

Have a courteous, calm approach to the public

Enjoy dealing with people

Support the festival's commitment to making events welcoming


  • Accessibility
    Depends on venue
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 05/10/2018

End Date: 07/10/2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No Yes Yes
Afternoon No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Evening No No No No Yes Yes No

Availability Details

Opportunities to help in the run up to the festival will also be available. these may include help with mailings, distribution, marketing etc


Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry St
SO23 8SB

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