Opportunities Project Updates

Dandelion – Volunteer Call Out

The team at Dandelion are looking for passionate, reliable and enthusiastic people (Change Makers), who share the belief that people really do lead change.

If you’re passionate about community, place and planet and want to come together with like-minded people to support a programme anchored in driving positive social change, they’d love to hear from you.

Volunteer opportunities are available at the Unexpected Garden Site in Stranraer and across the other Dandelion project site throughout Scotland.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on 20th May 2022

No experience is necessary, however, there are some qualities they’re looking for:

  • Enthusiastic, reliable and flexible;
  • Friendly personality with good communication skills and initiative;
  • An interest in contemporary culture;
  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 2 x 4hr shifts at the festivals or across other public facing events
  • Be 18 or over

Dandelion Change Makers roles consist of four distinct areas, working alongside one another to support the Festivals and Free For All events.

  • Meet and Greet: these volunteers really are the face of Dandelion, they are the friendly faces from whom audiences gather programme information, highlights and guidance from the minute they enter one of our live events. The Meet and Greet team will be around to answer audience questions throughout their visit to the festival, offering insight into the programme or sign posting people to key areas of the site. Our Meet and Greet volunteers are super knowledgeable and love talking with people and supporting our audiences to have the best experience ever. So, stop by and say hello!
  • Event Support: these are the volunteers who support us to help things go smoothly across our events – you might find them signposting the crowd during a walkabout performance or greeting audiences when they enter the a tent for one of our performances or talks. Event Support volunteers are on hand to help our events run smoothly and efficiently, with audience experience always front and centre.
  • Artist Support: not always visible to the public, our Artist Support volunteers will be behind the scenes supporting the artists to make sure not only that their individual shows go smoothly, but that they get a fantastic welcome to Dandelion and the community in which our events are taking place – they are the people who ensure that our artists go home shouting about how amazing festival and our places really are!
  • Access: these are the volunteers who go the extra mile to make sure that visitors who may have access and or additional support needs get the most out of their visit to our events. They are able to answer all your questions and guide you to the right places at the right time to make sure that you get to experience all our performances, talks and workshops.

How to Apply

The online application form gives you the opportunity to make either a written, audio or video application. Whichever format you choose, you’ll be asked to answer the same questions. No assessment will be made of the writing style or the production quality of audio or video recordings. The application form can be found here.

OPEN HOOSE – Queer Club

May 4 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

A get-together for anyone interested in LGBTQ+ Activism.
Explore possibilities together through event planning, t-shirt printing, zine-making, storytelling and music. Celebrate, educate, inspire and provoke.  

Enjoy hot and cold drink and sweet treats in The Stove Cafe from 6.30pm!

100 High Street
Dumfries, DG1 2BJ United Kingdom
01387 252435
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100 High Street
Dumfries, DG1 2BJ United Kingdom
01387 252435
View Venue Website

Open Hoose – De-Growth Club, Session Two

February 24 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

If you’re interested in rethinking our approach to living so that it is not fuelled by economic growth, instead advocating for environmental and social justice as the markers of a prosperous society, then this may be the group for you.

Join in, have your say and connect with likeminded souls.

The Stove Cafe will be open from 5.30pm for pre-event food and drinks.

100 High Street
Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway DG1 2BJ United Kingdom
01387 252435
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Open Hoose – Climate Kitchen, Session Two

February 18 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Is climate change on your mind? Do you feel like you want to do something about it, but you’re not sure what? Or are you already bursting with ideas and keen to work with like-minded souls to “cook up” environmental solutions?

Our new monthly Climate Kitchen is the place for you!

The Climate Kitchen, run by local community members, will be a space for learning, sharing, contributing and working together to do something positive for the climate!

This month’s activity will include:

Repair Table – Bring along old clothing or something that needs up-cycled, learn how to sew and skill share with others

Eco News Discussion Corner – What’s being said about climate change in the news and what are you saying about it? Let’s discuss!

Open Table – Sit down for a cuppa and a chat about what’s going on or take part in letter writing, crafts or another activity – the open table will be open to your suggestions!

The Climate Kitchen will also host short films, a Sharing’s Caring Open Mic and other contributions from the community – if you’ve got an idea for an activity, talk or film please get in touch!

The Stove cafe will be open FROM 6.30pm for food and drinks where we’ll be serving up some sustainable food options.

So if you’ve got an appetite for change OR an appetite for a cuppa and some locally sourced food then we look forward to seeing you there!

100 High Street
Dumfries, DG1 2BJ United Kingdom
01387 252435
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