Volunteer at I.Y.A.F

Creative Youth organises and delivers Kingston’s International Youth Arts Festival, (IYAF), and manages their volunteer scheme.
Without volunteers Creative Youth nor IYAF, could exist. Over the last six years our volunteering programme has developed significantly. We now have a core team of 50 volunteers, increasing to more than 160 during the International Youth Arts Festival period. The majority of our current volunteers had almost no experience of the Arts when they began and, for many, it has been a life-changing experience. Volunteers are required to carry out a number of roles both throughout the year and especially during the Festival.

Officially-recognised scheme
As a Creative Youth Volunteer you will receive training/mentoring as required and be part of the Nationally Recognised vInspired awards scheme. A multitude of opportunities on our vInspired-accredited projects will count towards achieving number of certificates.

Being a Creative Youth volunteer has many benefits:
1. Increase your skills
2. Enhance your CV
3. Try out new things
4. Meet new people

But most importantly the best thing about being a Creative Youth volunteer is having fun!

Volunteer FAQs

How much time will I need to give?:– The hours individuals are required depend on the role and event they are supporting, and the time an individual can afford to give.

Are there restrictions on who can perform these roles (e.g. mobility, age, etc): We are fully inclusive. Most of our venues and our office have full access. Volunteers must be a minimum of 13 years of age.

What do we need? We are looking for people who can offer any of the following skills/experience :

Event Management: Throughout the year but in particular during the run up to the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) we require individuals with good organisational skills to plan and run events.

Ambassadors: Throughout the year we require individuals with good interpersonal skills who can promote the vision and fun of the charity, festival and being a volunteer. They help at fundraisers, visit potential volunteer sites and community events in order to help raise funds and create awareness of the charity and festival.

Reviewing and Blogging: Throughout the year we require individuals to review events and write blogs for web print and social media .

Marketing & Publicity: Throughout the year there are various events including IYAF, which has over 282 Events across 15 Venues for which we require personable and adaptable individuals with the ability to assist in raising the profile of the IYAF. Key activities would be selling tickets by distributing flyers and posters, assisting in mail outs, helping with press and media assisting with the management of website/facebook/twitter/YouTube accounts and coming up with your own ideas as to how we can market the festival and Creative Youth.

Front of House & Meet and greet of visiting companies: Throughout the Festival companies will be coming to Kingston from a variety of locations. We require individuals with good interpersonal skills to welcome visiting companies to the festival, looking after them through the day and assisting in the management of the box office and front of house duties during performances.

Administrators & Production office: Throughout the year individuals are needed to help out with various administration tasks either in the Creative Youth office or remotely.

Technical Support: We require individuals with experience in Sound, lighting stage management and crew services, to carry out turnarounds between performances. To volunteer as a technical volunteer you must have some previous experience and be age 16 plus.

Photographers: Throughout the year we require individuals with experience in Photography to help document and capture the spirit of our events and IYAF. To volunteer as a Festival and Event Photographer ideally you would have experience of photography.

Mentors: Throughout the year we require individuals to help mentor our volunteers, interns and the young companies. We need people with good interpersonal skills who can pass on their knowledge and experience in a number of areas e.g. project management, business planning, design, communications, event planning, marketing etc.

Sign up here for more info

1. Click here to download volunteer form
2. Fill in the form
3. Email it to hello@iyafestival.org.uk

Volunteer Feedback

Philippa, 40: “The most valuable part of the experience was meeting enthusiastic young people who are keen to help out and see them develop over the 18 days.”

Amelia, 17: “The most valuable part of the experience was the people I met whilst working and those that I worked with. As well as the confidence that I gained.”

Anon, 17: “I really enjoyed my time here. Staff are friendly and relaxed. I?ve got plenty of volunteers on facebook already.“

Ruth, 55: “Great to meet a team of enthusiastic staff and volunteers. Volunteer coordinator did a great job with so many new volunteers.”

Victoria, 38: “Everyone was very cooperative and easy to get on with. A well worth experience.”

Matthew, 13: “The staff are all extremely nice and kind. They understand you and have become very good friends.“

Natalia, 19: “Very friendly and helpful and always on hand to answer any questions I had. Improved my confidence and gained an insight into event management as well as box office experience.”

Daniel, 16: “All members of the IYAF staff are very friendly and approachable. I have improved my confidence and have learnt a lot more about how shows are put on tech wise.”