Why Volunteer at FOM?

It’s a great way to feel a part of a unique investment into your local area, to gain confidence and to learn on the job. We are happy to be a cited as a reference upon request, for our volunteers when applying for future roles after the event.


Volunteering with the National Festival of Making is a great opportunity for anyone who:

  • Wants to have fun, join a team and participate in a community spirited event
  • Wants to give something back to their local area
  • Loves making, crafts, arts, technology or design
  • Wants gain experience and confidence in the world of work
  • Is interested in working in the field of festival / event production
  • Wants to gain experience in delivering workshops
  • Would like an opportunity to gain references for their CV


How to Apply

Please fill out the form below.



Date : Meetings for volunteers
5th May: Event Set up
6th May: Event day
7th May: Event day and pack down


Health & Safety and Insurance Safety

  • Volunteer roles will involve low risk activities. No volunteer will be asked to do anything they don’t feel comfortable with
  • There will be trained individuals to manage any incidents reported by volunteers.
  • All volunteers will be given a briefing prior to the event, on health and safety aspects of the role and the infrastructure of the event
  • The event will have carried out extensive risk assessments and an event plan to manage safety prior to the event to assess potential risks and put safety measures in place
  • National Festival of Making CIC holds both Employers’ and Public Liability insurance


Volunteering Opportunities

Event Steward – Brief Details of Duties and Responsibilities

  • Attending volunteer briefing and training session meetings
  • Arriving at the event 30 mins before the provided start time
  • Distributing programme leaflets to festival attendees and engaging in conversation about the event and   making people feel welcome
  • Providing directions and information about activities to the public
  • Setting up activity areas and packing them down at the end of the day – this will include lifting and carrying
  • Reporting any health and safety issues or emergencies to management
  • Collecting feedback through surveys
  • Assisting with crowd control and directing human traffic where needed
  • Assisting makers with workshops with the public


Benefits for You

  • An opportunity for you to communicate your enthusiasm for making
  • An opportunity to meet others in the creative industries and who love what the festival is about
  • Gain experience on the job and learn new skills
  • Add to your C.V and use The Festival of Making as a reference
  • Networking opportunities with people in creative industries


Benefits for the Festival

  • Customers are made to feel welcome and enjoy their experience of the festival
  • Smooth running of the festival
  • A sense of local commitment and investment into the festival



12th - 13th May 2018 | Blackburn, Lancashire

The National Festival of Making Delivery Team


The National Festival of Making is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Heritage Lottery Fund