Reading Town Meal returns on Saturday 29 September and we need lots of volunteer stewards to help us put on the biggest “picnic in the park” that Reading has ever seen.
There will be a range of roles needed on the day, including:
Event Set Up – A good role for the early birds who don’t mind a little lifting and carrying. Help out with setting up stall holders stands and tents.
Transport – Assist with getting everything to Forbury Gardens before the event and returning it afterwards.
Car Park – At either end of the day, we’ll need a small team to supervise the car park used by stall holders, ensuring everyone enters and leaves safely.
Leafleters – Distribute flyers on the morning of the Town Meal in the Town Centre to raise awareness of the event and pull in the crowds!
Gate Marshals – Welcome visitors at key points as they arrive at the gardens, answer questions and generally be a smiling presence.
Control Tent – A role for logistics lovers! You’ll be at the centre of the action, helping make sure volunteers know where they need to go, that plans are adhered to and generally troubleshooting any issues that arise.
Town Meal Tent – You’ll be on hand to ensure the serving of the Meal goes as smoothly as possible and to answer any questions from the public.
Recycling / Clean Up – A vital role to keep the park a tidy and pleasant environment throughout the day. Help out with litter picking and/or manning the recycling bins so that rubbish gets put in the right place!
Stewards – You’ll be responding to issues as they arise in order to make sure the Meal is the best yet. You’ll be checking maps, answering questions and generally helping out where you’re needed.
Workshop Marshals – Be on hand to help ensure each workshop runs smoothly, that presenters have what they need and encourage members of the public to attend.
Team Leaders – To manage a small team (no more than 4) over a specific time period on the day and on a dedicated task. A great leadership experience!
Break Down – Slightly sad as it means the end of the Meal but absolutely vital. Many hands make light work, so if you are physically fit and able to lift and carry we’d love to have you on the team!
There will be a briefing session on Monday 17 September at 7:30 pm held at RISC to equip you with all the information you need and answer any questions and you’ll also be provided with a role pack for the day itself. You’ll be working as a team with people who have been involved in previous Town Meals, so there are lots of people on hand to help you.
This role is open to everyone – no references are required and the event is held in the town centre so easily accessible.
A volunteer briefing will be held on the 17th September at RISC, at 7 pm.
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