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Totally Thames 2022: Volunteer Call Out


Totally Thames is returning this September to bring the river to life with an inspiring season of arts, cultural and river events throughout the 42-mile stretch of the Thames and in London and online.  

We are looking for a team of amazing volunteers to help us at Totally Thames events this September. Volunteers are the public face of our events, representing the organisation at key events throughout the month.  Your role will be to engage with the public, informing them about events and raising awareness of the wider Totally Thames programme, as well as undertaking audience research. You will also play a key role in assisting the team to ensure the events run smoothly and to the Trust’s high standard.

This year’s Totally Thames have lots of amazing opportunities for volunteers. If you are interested in learning new skills and gaining valuable experience while supporting our events, then apply to take part this year!  

Please note that all events have been planned with Covid-19 measures in place and Thames Festival Trust is committed to ensuring that you are kept safe whilst volunteering. We are constantly monitoring the situation and will inform you as soon as we can if an event that was planned to go ahead must be cancelled.  

Please apply to take part, even if you have volunteered with us in the past.


What will you get

  • The chance to play a key role in our festival.
  • Experience in audience research, event admin and communications.
  • Being in contact with Thames Festival Trust team, the artists and the venues part of our festival.
  • The opportunity to meet new people and have fun.
  • £10 per day to cover expenses.


What we require

You do not need volunteering experience, however some experience of working with the public is essential.  

What we are looking for:

  • A team of people who love meeting people and who have a willingness to learn.  You must be confident at communicating, punctual and organised.
  • A team of enthusiastic well-presented individuals who have a passion for culture.
  • Commitment to the dates and times you of the shifts you accepted and inform us if you can't make it or you are running late.
  • Please note, all volunteers must be aged 18 or over.


Volunteer Job Description

Different events will require different tasks to be covered which will be specified when you are allocated to a specific one, but will include:



  • Be a friendly face for the public to approach.
  • Enthuse and inform members of the public about Totally Thames.
  • Provide visitors and participants with information about the Totally Thames programme.
  • Help to ensure events are accessible to all by recognising and responding to individual’s access needs.
  • Hand out, explain and collect audience feedback cards.


Event specific

  • Assist the Project Managers with on the day tasks and preparation for the event: setting up equipment, welcoming visitors, running errands and closing down event.
  • Act as a steward for events: performances, talks, walks, exhibitions.
  • Leading audiences to events, if they are in unusual locations.
  • Checking tickets against guest lists.
  • Making sure members of the public follow health and safety advice.
  • Invigilating exhibitions.
  • General help involved in the event.


Desirable skills, but not essential

  • Experience in invigilating galleries
  • Experience in working in museums / galleries/ theatres
  • Experience of working with groups (children/adults)
  • Experience in assisting or leading workshops/ craft making
  • Experience of working with choirs or singers
  • Comfortable talking to members of the public
  • Willingness to learn.


The Thames Festival Trust is committed to making the volunteering opportunities as open and accessible as possible. We ask that potential candidates fill our Equal Opportunities Form as part of their application.  The Thames Festival Trust is a publicly funded organization and It is required to statistically analyse the demographics of our staff, contractors,  freelancers, artists, trustees and volunteers. This is for monitoring purposes and any information provided does is not linked to individual personnel records.


Induction Volunteer meeting

Please indicate in your application your availability for 4pm on Tuesday 23 August. The Location of this is TBC. Ongoing support and supervision will be available from Totally Thames staff throughout your volunteering experience.


Application Process

Please register for an account online below by Tuesday 2 August. After you apply, you will be directed to a link which will also be sent on email requesting information about your availability in September and why you would like to take part. The deadline for this is Friday 5 August.

Telephone Interviews – Wed 10 & Thu 11 August

Volunteer Registration

If you wish to volunteer for us please create an account and we will be in touch soon.

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