Volunteers make this festival happen

Roy and Heather Waites wrap a pole.

By Jumpers and Jazz in July

Jumpers and Jazz in July organisers are once again putting the call out for friendly, enthusiastic volunteers to share the load and ‘make the Festival happen’ 15 to 25 July.

Volunteer coordinator Karen Gilchrist is keen to hear from men, women, young people, clubs and even families who may wish to put their hands for even an hour or two, or whole days if they can, to ensure the festival operates smoothly, efficiently, and with vibe – as it has done in the past.

“We are very thankful for past volunteers who have really shone with their commitment, whether with warm visitor greetings, or assisting to set up and pull down for events.

This year, we have some new opportunities, including being on roster at our “Festival Hub” in Grafton Street, which will serve as both an organisers’ work centre, and as the friendly face to visitors offering Festival merchandise, assistance with event search, and location maps. We need these volunteers asap so we can officially open in the near future.

We will also have in place for the first time a simple funnelling process for visitors at all entry points each day of the festival – where friendly volunteers will assist with the Covid-19 QR check-in, and give out wrist bands for check-in confirmation.

We aim for this to be a trouble-free process, which will allow all festival attendees to enjoy the freedom and vibe of the street which our festival is renowned for.

Efficient early morning set ups for events and pull downs post-events are essential for an enjoyable experience by local community and visitors alike. Tasks range from heavy lifting through to transport through to quick wipe downs.

We have even had families involved in this process. Many hands make light work – and the jobs go so much faster.

Training in safety and for all tasks will be given by Karen at the Festival Hub, and potential volunteers are encouraged to fill in application forms to view all the opportunities available.

Forms are available on the Festival website www.jumpersandjazz.com.au/volunteer as both online and printable forms. Phone Karen on 0410 810 273 to find out where you can access ‘ready to go’ forms and any other volunteer enquiries.