Welcome to the Festival Angel volunteer page for 2018.
See this page for an introduction to Festival Angels and volunteering.
Please complete the on-line form (on the left - this form is 4 pages long, only when you press submit will the form reach us!). If you are unsure as to what dates you can commit to please let us know as soon as you can. The closing date for applications is 31st July 2018 OR when we reach our limit of 170 volunteers.
Aims and Objectives:
The aim of Festival Angels is to offer a Christian presence and expressions of Christian service to all those attending and working at the Leeds festival.
Festival Angels will seek to respond to need, be it physical, social, emotional or spiritual and share in the life journeys of those present through encounter and service.
The presence of the Festival Angels will be known by differing means e.g.
Prayer is a central focus of the Festival Angel’s activity and the Prayer Cafe acts both as a place of sanctuary and encounter. This space will help to creatively engage festival goers in expressing their faith and sharing in the faith of others.
Code of Practice:
Festival Angels will be Christians or people willing to work within the Christian ethos, aged 18+. They will agree to undertake appropriate training as determined by the Festival Angels steering group. During their time on the Festival site they should regard themselves as an ambassador of Festival Angels and more importantly Christ and conduct themselves appropriately. Before being accepted to serve on the team, every Festival Angel must provide the name and contact details of an appropriate referee. Each volunteer will have a Police / DBS check carried out on them by Festival Republic - we take guidance from them if any of our volunteers are deemed not suitable.
Festival Angels’ dates for your diary
"The sense of community and belonging was incredible!"
"The whole experience has been amazing, helping out other people and making sure everyone was safe!"
"I love the rest of the angels, they make me feel so at ease and due to anxiety (when not at the festival I find it really hard to make genuine good friends!) I would not attended Leeds Festival if I wasn't part of the festival angels."
"Opportunity to serve God in a really practical way. Brilliant teams and good working relationships with welfare and other groups."
"Really enjoy showing God's love in practical ways and enjoyed the conversations I had with festival goers and angels."
"Being part of Festival Angels made me feel like I was part of something amazing."
What was the best part of being a Festival Angel....
"It was my first year and hearing all the good news and how appreciated things like the prayer cafe are is amazing."
"Brian 'Head' Welch"
"Working together with other Christians"
"How everyone came together to celebrate my 21st. I have never felt so special in my life!"
"Meeting everyone and feeling like i belonged :)"
"Being able to interact with angels that weren't Christians and allow us to alter their opinions on christianity"
"Reading the prayers and praying through them was great. Lovely to see some young festival goers appreciating the banter and the chats, and some even asking for blessings/prayers in a serious and reflective way."
"Faces of people when they realised we weren't joking about helping them. The number of young angels who were making such a difference."
"The best part this year was seeing familiar faces, and meeting even more new people. The campsite was cozy to say the least,and although late-night revellers may have resulted in a lack of sleep, generally the atmosphere was like a family. I spoke to people of all ages, backgrounds and locations and sitting having a cuppa was just as beneficial for us as workers as the prayer cafe/hot drinks tent is for festival goers."
"New experience. Seeing a great idea in action."
"Helping people that needed it and feeling as though you had made a difference - and the Korn thing on the prayer tent."
"I have always felt unworthy of living and the fact everyone came together to celebrate and create new memories is so special to me!"
"perhaps, this is going to sound 'cheezy', but putting something back into society without expecting a return."
"Meeting up with Jimmy, Tom, Paul, Marcus and the rest of the crew. Working with fabulous committed people. Welcoming young people into the safety of the prayer tent. Reading the prayer post-its."
"Being able to put a smile on the face of someone in distress."
"The community of people who call themselves 'festival angels' they made the experience worthwhile. Made some incredible friends who really added to my festival enjoyment"
"I found the talk by the guitarist from Korn very uplifting and the response from some of the young people was really encouraging and moving"
"Conversations with festival goers about faith, what their beliefs were and praying with them. Reading and praying through prayer post-it's"
"Caring for the security staff - many of whom are the same age as the festival goers and doing a low paid boring job. They were often cold and lonely, many of them thought we were joking when we asked if they wanted a drink!"
"Meeting so many new people "
"The festival goers. I can honestly say I never came across anyone who was unpleasant or rude. Another plus, it didn't rain this year!"