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.
The Festival City Volunteers work as ambassadors during the summer festivals, welcoming visitors to Edinburgh, giving directions, and providing advice on the Festival City during the peak period of August. To make the project work throughout the peak period and beyond, we bring together a wide range of people, partners, funders, supporters to form a diverse stakeholder network.
The project has been enabled by funding from City of Edinburgh Council (2017); Big Lottery (2018 and 2019), and Spirit of 2012 (2018), and supported by Lothian Buses (2017, continuing support) and Edinburgh Airport.
Generous in-kind support is given through many different forms including project advocacy, expert advice, training and provision of safe spaces by: member festivals, VisitScotland, Central Library, City Arts Centre, St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh College and EaRN.
We connect with the community through an ever increasing network, with particular support from: IntoWork; Access to Industry; The Welcoming and The Thistle Foundation.
Our steering group includes representatives from the 11 major festivals in Edinburgh, Volunteer Edinburgh, Event Scotland, and Edinburgh College.
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 project runs all year-round and we have our live period in August. Maybe you spotted the volunteers out in the city in 2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Volunteer Edinburgh Guest Blog
To coincide with Volunteers Week we're delighted to feature a guest blog from one of our project partners, Volunteer Edinburgh.
About the Festival City Volunteers
Hear from Emma Black, Volunteer Development Manager as she describes the Festival City Volunteer project
American Michelle Nava reflects on her role as a Festival City Volunteer - and recalls one moment from her first ever shift
One of our Festival City Volunteers, Fiona White, shares her experiences of joining the team in her retirement
Love is in the Air!
We love our Volunteers! Our diverse team are amazing ambassadors for Edinburgh, who take huge pride in showcasing the festival city
Volunteering and Teamwork
Ian Shillinglaw, returning volunteer and team leader, talks about the ethos of teamwork and community in the Festival City Volunteer project
We're incredibly proud of the multinational diversity of our Volunteer team, who all shared their knowledge and passion for Edinburgh
One of our Festival City volunteers, who also uses a wheelchair, describes his experience of the festivals and offers some handy advice.
Out of Office
Festival City Volunteer, Sandie Fountain, was supported to volunteer by her employer, Standard Life Aberdeen. Read about her experience.
From Sardinia to Edinburgh
A chance to hear from Vittoria, who became a Festival City Volunteer to meet people and improve her English!
Volunteering and Wellbeing
Meet one of our amazing volunteers, Emily Bruce, who chats about the impact that volunteering has had on her wellbeing
Our green Festival City
Find out how Festival City Volunteers are promoting environmental sustainability at the festivals.
Tell us what you thought
Have you encountered our Festival City Volunteers? We'd love to hear your feedback!