Festival City Volunteers
Introducing the Festival City Volunteers Family
Over three years from 2017 to 2019, the Edinburgh Festival City Volunteers project was supported to bring together the expert local knowledge of Edinburgh's people and the thousands of visitors who make our festival city so special. On this page you can find out more about the project and read just some of the stories of our fantastic volunteers.
Festival City Volunteers came 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 connected 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.
The lead project partners were Festivals Edinburgh and Volunteer Edinburgh. The project was enabled by core funding from City of Edinburgh Council and EventScotland (2016-17), Spirit of 2012 (2018) and National Lottery Community Fund (2018-19), 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 have connected 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 254 volunteers (42 in 2017, 120 in 2018 and 92 in 2019 ) from over 30 countries, every Council ward in Edinburgh and ages 18-81. Our volunteers have completed 5,820 volunteering hours, 3,500 training hours and have interacted with 46,193 visitors. All of this information and much, much more can be found in our main evaluation report [published March 2020].
More information on future festival and other volunteering opportunities in Edinburgh is available from Volunteer Edinburgh here.
Happy to Help with Dimitrios
That 'Happy to Help' attitude inspires many to join our team of Festival City Volunteers, as Dimitrios Aerakis explains.
Eimear Bush - most asked questions
Festival City Volunteer shifts are varied in the contacts and connections with the public as new team member Eimear Bush reveals.
Eleanor Poole on being Team Leader
New volunteer Eleanor Poole reflects on her role as a team leader within the Festival City Volunteers team.
Our Volunteers are back!
Team 2019 are ready to welcome and assist people in Edinburgh during August as they enjoy the unique experience of the Festival City.
Don Millar, one of our first Festival City Volunteers, reveals some of South Edinburgh's 'best kept secrets'.
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.