Volunteer

FEAST is a people-powered mar­ket that takes place the first Sunday of every month from April to Decem­ber. At each FEAST you can explore the five hubs – Food, Artis­ans, Fresh’n’Green, Fam­ily  and Retro – all brim­ming with fant­ast­ic stalls and friendly sellers, meet new people (some of them might even be your neigh­bours!), enjoy free enter­tain­ment from local per­formers and free children’s activ­it­ies and per­haps even new a learn skill or two.

Since 2011 the mar­ket has been run by volun­teers, with West Nor­wood res­id­ents and busi­nesses work­ing togeth­er to make it a suc­cess. Being a FEAST volun­teer is a great way to make new friends and have a lot of fun at the same time as doing some­thing really feel-good and pos­it­ive for the local com­munity.

Volun­teers are needed on FEAST days as well as in the weeks in between for plan­ning, so wheth­er you can only spare a few hours once a month or a few hours once a week, we’d love to hear from you!

All we ask is that you’re friendly and enthu­si­ast­ic. If you have skills and exper­i­ence you’d like to share (maybe you’re a trained first aider or design­er, have a fin­an­cial or busi­ness back­ground, exper­i­ence in mar­ket­ing or com­mu­nic­a­tions, or you’re good at IT or liais­ing?), or per­haps even have local author­ity or enter­tain­ment con­tacts, that’s a bonus.

So if you want to get involved, you can either fill in the volun­teers’ form here, con­tact hello@westnorwoodfeast.com or pop along to one of the open weekly plan­ning meet­ings to meet the gang and have your say (they’re every Tues­day 6.30–8.00 at Knowles on Nor­wood Road).

What do volun­teers do?

Here’s a taste of some of the tasks volun­teers do:

ON FEAST DAYS

Stew­ards - the friendly face of FEAST on event days.

First aid – we need at least one registered First Aider on call for each FEAST day.

Hub organ­isers — help organ­ise, select and sup­port stall­hold­ers both on FEAST days and in the lead up to them.

Enter­tain­ment — help sup­port, organ­ise and book enter­tain­ers for each FEAST, includ­ing children’s activ­it­ies.

BEHIND THE SCENES STUFF AND OUTREACH

Mar­ket­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tions — this cov­ers brand­ing, print and pro­duc­tion, social media, press and PR and more.

IT — help to man­age and update the FEAST web­site and mail­ing lists as well as provide IT sup­port to all FEAST roles and activ­it­ies.

Com­munity out­reach — make con­tact and devel­ops links with the local com­munity groups and schools com­munity.

Part­ner­ships, spon­sor­ships and fun­drais­ing — liaise with local busi­nesses and poten­tial spon­sors and fun­ders.

Volun­teer organ­ising — help coordin­ate volun­teers to help on FEAST days and in between.

SUPPORT AND MANAGEMENT

Steer­ing group – you can take part in the FEAST steer­ing group, which deals with its fin­ance, plan­ning, man­age­ment, gov­ernance etc. (we are cur­rently in the pro­cess of becom­ing a char­ity).

Account­ancy and book­keep­ing – we always need volun­teers to help with the FEAST fin­ances.

Legal advice — this is needed­for sup­port on gov­ernance, com­pli­ance etc.

Busi­ness devel­op­ment and pro­ject man­age­ment — do you have experience/expertise you could share with FEAST?

Being a Feast volun­teer is a great way to meet new people who live in your area, put names to faces you see in the street and gen­er­ally have a lot of fun. Everyone’s has a skill to share so we’d love to hear from you no mat­ter what you do.

If you’d like to volun­teer on mar­ket days, help plan and organ­ise in between Feasts, or find out more, come to our open meet­ings at The White Hart pub in Tulse Hill (Tues­days 6.30–8pm), or send us an email hello@westnorwoodfeast.com