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Volunteer placement descriptions for Blackburn College

Event: Blackburn Beat

Date: Saturday 23rd August 2014


Job Title: Event Assistants/Runners

Number needed: 4-6

Job description:

General assistants to help the events team with the smooth running of the overall event. Ability to assist in any job from making teas and coffees to assisting on stage and with general set up. A willingness to work on any given task will be expected. We will need event assistants/runners for the event build, the event day and the de-rig. All hours will be confirmed closer to the event.

–          Enthusiasm for the events industry

–          Enthusiasm to learn new skills

–          Ability to work well within a team

–          Ability to think on your feet

–          Willingness to take on any task given

–          Good communications skills

–          Happy to work outdoors whatever the weather

Food/drinks allowance and basic transport costs will be covered for staff working the event


Job Title: Marketing/Promotions

Number needed: 2-4

Job Description:

Assisting events staff prior to the Blackburn beat festival in marketing and promoting the event at various different outlets in the town centre. Distributing marketing collateral to the general public and spreading the word by engaging with the public whilst distributing. On the event day be based at key areas such as the train station and outskirts of the town centre to ensure those who aren’t already aware the festival is going on are steered in the right direction and told about what Blackburn Beat has to offer.

Ideal Skills

–          Approachable, friendly and confident in approaching the general public

–          Good knowledge of the local area

–          Engaging, personable and articulate

–          Ability to work within a team

–          Happy to work outdoors whatever the weather

Food/drinks allowance and basic transport costs will be covered for staff working the event


Job Title: Data Capture

Number needed: 2-4

Job Description:

During the Blackburn Beat event liaise with a wide variety of attendees and engage them in answering a few questions relating to the event and the local area. At the end of the event collect the data and produce a document/chart detailing the findings for the council and event organisers to use in the planning of future events in the area.

Ideal Skills:

–          Engaging, personable and articulate

–          Good knowledge of the local area

–          Previous data analysis experience

–          Ability to work within a team

–          Approachable, friendly and confident in asking questions and approaching the general public

–          Happy to work outdoors whatever the weather

Food/drinks allowance and basic transport costs will be covered for staff working the event


Job Title: Stage Manager/Artist Liaison:

Number needed: 2

Job Description:

Overall management of the main stage and smaller acoustic area during the event day. Ensuring the stage is running to time and all changeovers/programming runs smoothly. Ensure all artists arrive in good time for their performance and are onstage and offstage at the right time. Keep dressing room/green room clean and tidy and ensure all artist riders are set up in advance of arrival and water is available to everyone on and offstage. Keep the stage clear of all hazards at all times and allow only those permitted access at the necessary times. General point of call for all artists on the day when in the stage/green room area.

Ideal skills:

–          Strong organizational skills

–          Confident in keeping to tight schedules

–          Previous Events experience

–          Previous work with artists/bands

–          Knowledge of how music stages run

–          Hospitality experience

–          Confident, energetic person

–          Ability to work within a team

–          Happy to work outdoors whatever the weather

Food/drinks allowance and basic transport costs will be covered for staff working the event

Blackburn Heritage Festival Street Guides

hfBlackburn Heritage Festival has been awarded a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery to create an army of high quality street guides to engage with visitors during the history festival in September, and beyond.   Harriet Roberts, event manager has launched a search for 16 people with a passion who will spend the summer immersing themselves in heritage, through guided tours and visits to museums and sites of local interest.  The guides will be provided with full expenses and uniforms and receive excellence in customer service training from Marketing Lancashire.  They will also receive social media training and take part in a first aid course. Harriet who is delivering the event as part of the Blackburn BID work explained, ‘Beyond the festival in September it’s envisaged that the Talk of the Town team will work across a range of town centre events and activities.  There are street guides in other BID towns and cities such as Manchester and Norwich and we’re grateful that the Heritage Lottery has given us the seed funding to get the scheme going and the first trench of volunteers on board.’ Applicants need to be between 17 and 75, well presented with good communication skills.  Harriet said, ‘We want people with a genuine passion for regenerating Blackburn and will talk of the town, its history and our vision for the future in positive terms.’ Applications are being handled by Blackburn with Darwen CVS and details of how to apply are on the Blackburn Festival website by visiting the join in page. Pictured are: “City Hosts” from “The Heart of Manchester BID”.

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