Festival City Volunteers

Introducing the Festival City Volunteers Family

Welcome to the Edinburgh Festival City Volunteers project, bringing together the expert local knowledge of Edinburgh's people and the thousands of visitors who make our festival city so special.

Festival City Volunteers come from a truly inclusive mix of city residents who work as ambassadors during Edinburgh’s peak summer festivals season, welcoming visitors to Edinburgh, giving directions and providing advice during the month of August.

The project connects volunteers with Edinburgh’s unique cultural experiences and a high proportion of participants continue to engage with further opportunities, and with each other, all year round.

Our project partners are: Festivals EdinburghVolunteer Edinburgh and City of Edinburgh Council.

The project has been enabled by core funding from City of Edinburgh Council (2017); National Lottery Community Fund (2018 and 2019), and Spirit of 2012 (2018), and by additional support from Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Airport.

Without each one of them we would not have been able to develop the project and we thank them all for their founding commitment.

We connect with the community through an ever increasing network of third sector partners, with particular support from: IntoWork; Access to Industry; The Welcoming and The Thistle Foundation.

Generous in-kind support is also given through many different forms including project advocacy, expert advice, training and provision of volunteer spaces by all member festivals, VisitScotland, Central Library, City Arts Centre, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh College, Social in the Gardens, Edinburgh College and the Equality and Rights Network

Since 2017 FCV has trained and deployed 160 (40 in 2017 and 120 in 2018) volunteers from 24 countries, every ward in Edinburgh and ages 18-81.

By the end of 2018, our volunteers had completed 3,840 volunteering hours, 2,240 training hours, experienced 1,468 hours of cultural experiences and interacted with 28,693 visitors.

The team return this August and it will be easy to spot the volunteers out in the city in their bright orange t-shirts!

If you are a group or organisation who would like to work with us, please contact, Emma Black, Festival City Volunteer Development Manager emma.black@festivalsedinburgh.com

If you would like information about being a volunteer, please visit: voled.in/festival or contact: festival@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk

On this page you can find out more about the project and read just some of the stories of our incredible volunteers. You can also follow us on Twitter.

  • Scottish Government
  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • Creative Scotland
  • Event Scotland
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • British Council Scotland
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