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festival city volunteers

Would you like to be part of a team that greets and assists visitors to the Edinburgh Festivals?

Would you like to be part of a team that greets and assists visitors to the Edinburgh Festivals? We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join us in August 2019. Experience is not necessary, we will train you!

As part of the 2017 celebrations marking 70 years of Edinburgh as a Festival City, the Festival City Volunteers programme was born, with 40 participants from all over Edinburgh involved in welcoming and assisting visitors in August. In turn, participants gained training and developed confidence, experience and a range of skills. The project expanded in 2018 and returns again in 2019.

As part of your volunteering, we can offer ideas and support to help you to achieve your goals, whether you want to build new skills or interests, find a job or meet new people.

What we do

We work together to greet visitors to Edinburgh and to give people the benefit of our local knowledge. In our first year we greeted and assisted 8845 visitors and this number continues to increase.

Who we are

Last year we were aged from 18 upwards and came from all over the world, although we all lived in Edinburgh. We had different motivations for volunteering; some of us were retired, others were students, and some of us were recovering from illness or wanting to get back into work. What we shared was our love of Edinburgh, and wanting to get out and meet new people. For some of us, it was our first time at the Edinburgh Festivals.

What you need to know before you apply

  • You need to be 18 or over by July 2019
  • Shifts last for 4 hours and you will be required to do a minimum of 6 shifts in August
  • You do not need experience, we will train you
  • We can help you to balance volunteering with your other commitments
  • If you have a disability or health concern, we can arrange accessible volunteering
  • We can offer confidential advice on benefits
  • We will provide bus fares within Edinburgh, snacks and a free uniform
  • As an Edinburgh-based initiative, priority will be given to applicants from communities in Edinburgh

Applications open on Friday 29 March 2019; an exciting range of festival experiences await you!

Want to know more?

If you would like to know more about the Festival City Volunteers programme or if you have any questions before you apply, please contact us at or call 0131 225 0630. You can also find out more about the programme on the Festivals Edinburgh website here.

How to apply

To apply to be a Festival City Volunteer please complete our application pack by clicking on the Apply online button opposite (or below on a mobile device). Applications open on Friday 29 March 2019.

Project Partners Volunteer Edinburgh; Festivals Edinburgh;City of Edinburgh Council. Funders The National Lottery Community Fund. Supporters Edinburgh Airport; Lothian Buses.