We wish all our stewards and clients a happy Xmas and a fulfilling New Year!
We look forward to seeing you all next season.
Hackney One Carnival – Sunday 14th September
On Sunday 14 September Hackney One Carnival will once again hit the streets. Hackney’s carnival parade will brighten up the borough and entertain residents and visitors alike.
Highlights this year will see Hackney’s best young musicians performing on stage in Hackney Town Hall Square. An all-day children’s play area will include games from around the world. After the procession, the carnival will continue with reggae, soca and Brazilian music, plus food and arts and crafts from around the world.
Date: Sunday 14th September
If you want to work at this event, please log-in to your Green Stewards account and Opt-in. There is a £10 deposit which will be returned in full as long as you work at the event as agreed.
We have places for Green Steward volunteers again this year at Beautiful Days – helping people arrive with a smile!
You’d be working 2 x 7.5 hour shifts (one on Thursday 14th August and one on Friday 15th August). Once you have done your shifts, you are free to stay and enjoy the festival. To work at this festival, you’d need to arrive on Wednesday 13th so that you can be briefed on your role.
Beautiful Days is the very popular Levellers’ festival, held at Escott Park, Devon.
We have now also added in some extra paid shifts on Monday 18th August – you are free to enjoy the festival but then you just need to do one paid shift on the Monday morning.
Somersault Festival is now offering a financial incentive in order to boost steward numbers. So if you were thinking that you just couldn’t afford the fuel to get to this event then this may be good news for you. Each steward will receive £40, as long as they complete their shifts as agreed.
Somersault is a new festival that may break the mould of UK festivals. Organised by the same promoters as Wilderness, they are promising a whole new festival experience describing it as “a five-day summer camp of music, adventure and outdoor living in the heart of the South West”.
The event looks to be an adventure holiday with a festival atmosphere on the extremely picturesque Castle Hill Estate, near Barnstaple in North Devon.
Alongside the music, with headliners such as Jack Johnson and Ben Howard, there will be workshops and activities. They are offering excursions, field trips and seaside adventures!
We are very excited about stewarding for this one – it’s looking like a refreshing change form the usual festival format.
To steward at this event, you’d need to be on site on Wednesday 16th July; the event finishes on Monday 21st July.
So if you haven’t already signed up, take another look and tell your friends!
So the Secret Garden Party has sold out! This event has gone from strength to strength which is no surprise to anyone who’s been. It’s a wild, extravagant full-on party experience – a favourite on the Green Stewards summer calendar. The good news is that there’s still an opportunity to get to the event, by working for your ticket with Green Stewards.
We are also offering an opportunity to do a Spectator Safety NVQ. You’d arrive at the event early to do the training and then you’d be ready for assessment during the event. More info on the NVQ on this link.
Stewarding shifts are usually 6½ hours long and we provide 24/7 cover whilst the event is running. You would work 3 shifts. To sign up, you’ll need to be over 18 years old and pay a deposit of £200. The deposit will be returned as long as you complete your shifts as agreed (minus an admin fee of £10). To sign-up, click on the register button to set up an account; log-in and opt-into SGP to pay your deposit.
If you have never done stewarding before, it’s a great way to experience a festival. OK, so you have to work for your ticket, but stewarding is sociable and can be really rewarding – it has to be one the best festival jobs! If you can’t persuade your mates to come to Secret Garden Party, don’t be put off – at every event we have stewards who come on their own – you will hook up with new friends really quickly. Whether you come as a group or alone, you’ll find Green Stewards to be one of the friendliest organisations to work with.
The Spectator Safety NVQ is a nationally recognised, and well respected, qualification which covers everything a steward needs to know to carry out their role. The course covers working at a variety of venues and events; it will give you a good understanding of your role as a steward and will give you the confidence to deal with issues that you are likely to be presented with in the course of your work.
It is a useful qualification for anyone who wishes to do event work and gives a good background for other roles at festivals and events, as well as being a useful addition to your CV for non-event work.
The NVQ covers six modules:
Unit 1 – Help to Manage Conflict
In order to gain the qualification you will need to do the following:
a) Attend the training, which involves discussion, role play, demonstrations and teaching.
During all of the above you will be offered full support, guidance and reminders.
The course is mostly funded by the European Union. In order for us to obtain funding, candidates must have lived in the European Union for the past 3 years and must have a National Insurance number. The minimum age is 16 – however, most stewarding work will require you to be over 18 years old.
We still need more people to do paid work at this event – the great thing is that you’ll get chance to party once you’ve finished your shift.
We can think of dozens of reasons to work with Green Stewards but we’ve whittled this down to five reasons to work with us at this event:
1. Getting there is easier than you thought.
You have the choice of an 8am start (You would finish at either 6pm or 8pm giving you a few hours to enjoy the event)
Or there’s a 10am start. (You would finish at either 6pm or 8pm giving you a few hours to enjoy the event).
The event will be providing lunch on Saturday
Trains – there is a good train service from London Charring Cross which will get you to Tunbridge Wells in time for the 10am start (trains at 07.00, 07.45 & 08.15). Off-peak return is £18.20. There are return trains at 00.10 and 00.40 which means you can stay to the end of the event and still get back to London.
Driving: The event site is: Eridge Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9HS. There’s plenty of parking on site.
See the rest of the line up on this link – High Def line-up
More info about High Definition on this link – High Def Web Site
How do I sign-up?
We have suspended sign-ups pending an announcement by the organisers.
We announced in March that Green Stewards is working with the new alternative festival, Alt-fest this year. Some of you may already be signed-up. One of the things we love about Alt-fest is the fact that it’s not just the music that’s alternative, it’s also the way they run things. Organisers, Dominic and Missy, have kept the music fans at the core of the festival from the start. They raised the funds to get the event off the ground using crowd-funding and have booked the line-up based on who the fans want to see.
A membership scheme, called Dismembership, generated extra funds to help book the amazing line-up of 180 bands on 7 stages. Tickets for this scheme have sold out. However, in true Alt-fest style, those who join the volunteer stewarding team will now be given access to the exclusive Dismembers tent at the festival – making them part of the core team of Alt-fest supporters. In addition, stewards will also get one of the great Alt-fest supporters t-shirts pictured here.
To sign up, you’ll need to be over 18 years old and pay a deposit of £125. The deposit will be returned to you after the event, on completion of your shifts (minus a small admin fee of £5). To sign-up you’ll need to register, log-in and then op-in to the event.
The Green Stewards’ NVQ training weekend was an amazing success. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive from those who attended to gain an NVQ qualification in the course of their stewarding work. The weekend provided a great mix of NVQ training and workshops, along with time to relax and socialise.
The camp was held at Thoulstone Park in Wiltshire, a former golf course, now being given a new lease of life as an eco-events site. It was the perfect place for workshop activities which included bushcraft skills, foraging and building a clay oven. Bushcraft trainer Nick was impressed with the tenacity of some of those trying to light a fire using bow drills; a skill that is hard to master but everyone enjoyed learning the process and having a go. A good range of useful plants were identified around the site by our in-house expert and Green Steward manager, Susi who held sessions on how to identify and use edible plants before sending people off to collect their own samples. Some laboured hard to build a clay oven with expert guidance from Viv, using clay from the site, those involved found this a really rewarding experience.
In the training sessions, we delivered two NVQ’s, Spectator Safety and Customer Service. Candidates will be assessed whilst working at festivals with Green Stewards over the summer. We also started delivering our latest NVQ offering – we now have a Team Leader NVQ aimed at supervisors.
The Green Stewards management team would like to say a massive thank you to all those who attended and helped to create such a positive and friendly atmosphere. We are looking forward to seeing you all in another field sometime soon!
We are really looking forward to this brand new festival in North Devon. Somersault, from the creators of the fantastic Wilderness Festival, is looking like it’ll be a refreshing change from the usual festival format.
Running from Thursday 17th July until Monday 21st July, it’s billed as “a five-day summer camp of music, adventure and outdoor living”. Alongside the music, with headliners such as Jack Johnson and Ben Howard, there will be workshops and activities. With the venue being the scenic Castle Hill Estate, near Barnstaple, half an hour from both Exmoor and the North Devon Coast, the organisers are offering excursions, field trips and seaside adventures!
We are now taking sign-ups for volunteer stewards at the event. In exchange for working your stewarding shifts, usually just 3 x 6½ hour shifts, you will get chance to enjoy this unique festival without the expense of buying a ticket. You will have to pay the standard returnable deposit which you’ll get back after the festival (minus a small admin charge). To sign-up, you’ll need to register, then log-in.
We can see this event becoming a highlight in our calendar!
Green Stewards Director, Alex Lepingwell, has won Event Organiser of the Year in the National Outdoor Events Association awards for last year’s St. Paul’s Carnival. The award went to Another World Productions and recognised Alex’s and Tom Solly’s work in making the carnival safe and successful. The annual event, held in July, promotes African and Caribbean arts, culture and history and attracts thousands to the residential streets of the St. Paul’s district of Bristol.
Crowds line the pavements to watch the elaborate costumes of dancers as they wind through the streets in the carnival procession. The party goes through the day and late into the night with stages and sound systems pumping out music on street corners throughout the area. Amongst other attractions at this vibrant community event are a kids area and loads of food and drink stalls to keep people going.
The carnival’s history goes back to the late 60′s when it was a small local event but it has grown to attract up to 80,000 people – a number that had started to threaten the future of the event, but thanks to Alex and Tom’s detailed planning and the professional management on the day, the future of St. Paul’s Carnival looks bright. The stewarding was covered by a superb team of Green Stewards who made a massive contribution to keeping people safe on a particularly hot day.
Green Stewards are looking forward to this year’s St. Paul’s Carnival on the 5th July where we’ll have a large team of stewards ensuring that things run smoothly. If you fancy working with us at the event, it’s paid work and you’ll have a busy, but, no doubt, enjoyable and rewarding day. To sign up, you’ll need register and log-in.
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