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 four hubs – Food Fair, Artisans’ Market, Fresh ’n’ Green and Village Green – 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 learn a new 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 contact firstname.lastname@example.org or pop along to one of the open weekly planning meetings to meet the gang and have your say (they’re every Tuesday 6.30-8pm at Knowles on Norwood Road – currently suspended).
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 needed for 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 Knowles pub on Norwood Road (Tuesdays 6.30-8pm), or send us an email email@example.com