Play Your Part
The Festival could not take place without our fantastic team of volunteers and we welcome new people joining the team.
How do I volunteer?
Contact our Festival Manager, Julia Lilof: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you prefer to get in contact by phone, call the general Festival number and ask for your details to be passed on to Julia so that she can contact you.
What age are your volunteers?
To volunteer you must be aged over 18. There’s no upper age limit. The volunteer team includes students and other young people as well as those with more life experience.
Is your volunteer programme open to all?
Yes, as long as you are over 18. Our Equal Opportunities policy states: “Huddersfield Literature Festival is committed to providing equal opportunities and welcomes diversity in-line with the Equal Opportunities Act 2010. We will not discriminate against our steering group, volunteers, audience or performers on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, disability or impairment, age, race, creed, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, trade union activity, HIV or marital status, religion or belief or similar bases.”
You can read the full policy and view our other policies, including our volunteer policy HERE.
Do you accommodate volunteers with different abilities?
Yes. We have volunteers with different abilities on our team and we will do all we can to accommodate their needs. Meetings, training and events are held in accessible venues.
What does volunteering involve?
Volunteering can involve anything from attending meetings to helping shape events and from stewarding events to event management. There is no minimum or maximum number of events that you can steward.
Do you provide training?
We offer comprehensive training to help you prepare for your role. All new volunteers are offered training in customer service and Festival policies. Additionally, we offer training in areas such as:
- Presentation and confidence building
- Customer-facing activities, dealing with challenging situations
- Disability awareness
- Diversity and representation
- Taking care of yourself, achieving positive outcomes
Do volunteers meet performers?
Yes, you will come into contact with authors and performers, and will sometimes be asked to look after them or organise refreshments for them.
What if I would particularly like to attend an event?
Volunteers will often have the opportunity to sit in on events; however, if there is an event you particularly want to attend, we recommend that you book as an audience member.
What are the benefits of volunteering
As well as extensive training and the opportunity to shape Festival events, our volunteers enjoy the social aspects of being part of a team delivering an award-winning Festival.
Volunteering can help you develop a wide range of skills, including practical and personal skills that will benefit you in both the world of work and in your own personal development.
But don’t just take our word for it – here’s what our volunteers say:
“Having volunteered to help at the Huddersfield Literature Festival a few years ago, I was blown away by some of the events I helped at. In particular the PechaKutcha night. Little did I think that in 2016 I would be up there with my 20 slides in 20 seconds. I had an amazing time and it gave me such a confidence boost.” Carol Hardy, volunteer
“I found the Huddersfield Literature Festival a greatly rewarding experience. I learned a lot of valuable skills during the festival such as time management, successful multitasking, creating effective staff rota systems, how to prioritise tasks and thinking quickly on my feet should an unexpected situation arise. I also feel that I learnt a lot about myself. I know now where my strengths lie and what I need to work on, but most importantly I built up my confidence and feel a lot more comfortable interacting with both the public and professionals. Through the Festival I developed some key strengths that will be very valuable in my future career and I’m very thankful and grateful for this opportunity. I would definitely encourage and recommend others get involved!”
Chelsea Cull, Head of the Student Team
“Not only can I be proud of contributing to a cause that encourages people to read and write, provides opportunity to local, upcoming practitioners and writers and brings revenue to the area; but I get to meet authors, chat with them and even make suggestions of who we might try and attract for the future. It’s an immensely rewarding experience.”
Cat Lumb, Festival Secretary
“My involvement in the Huddersfield Literature rekindled my love of reading. It was so fantastic to hear and meet the authors. I bought so many books I would never have known about and I’m enjoying trying out the new genres I’ve now discovered. Can’t recommend the festival enough even if you’re not a book reader as the various activities around the event are great fun.”