If you enjoy live music, drama or art of any kind why not volunteer and become part of the diverse and friendly groups of people making it all happen. Ashford, Tenterden and the surrounding villages are the home of a surprising number and variety of festivals and voluntary arts organisations. These include not only Tenterden Folk Festival but also Tentertainment, Create, Egerton Music Festival, Stour Music Festival, St Mary’s Arts Trust, Ashford Youth Theatre, Tenterden Operatic and Drama Society, Charing Guild of Players, Pilgrims Way Artists, The Marsh Warblers, Ashford Photographic Society and many, many more. Quite a few of these organisations are members of Ashford Federation of Arts which has more details and links on its website at www.afa.btck.co.uk.
To become a valued part of one of these or another local arts organisation you do not have to be a talented musician, actor or artist, you just have to be keen and willing to learn. Most organisations are just as likely to be looking for volunteer support staff as they are artistic staff. The available roles are likely to include stewards, workforce, making props, box office, publicity, social media, website maintenance, fundraising and general administration. If you prefer to get up there on the stage many music and drama organisations are also looking for new members of all ages to join their teams of potential performers.
Whatever your age and circumstances volunteering with a local arts or community organisation can fill a gap. It can help you gain work experience, help develop a hobby or keen interest, enable you to meet new likeminded people, keep your mind and body active, help preserve our traditions and heritage or just be something you enjoy doing.
The NCVO which champions the voluntary sector and volunteering says that each day, millions of people make a difference to the causes they believe in through voluntary organisations and volunteering. They go on to say that this thriving voluntary sector and volunteer movement are essential for a better society, especially in times of challenge and change. What they fail to say is that being a volunteer can also be rewarding and fun. See what they say at www.ncvo.org.uk
Tenterden Folk Festival is a member of Making Music, the UK’s number one organisation for voluntary music, which thrives on encouraging all kinds of music groups and individuals to be part of a vibrant multi-cultural music scene. Making Music has members from over 3,000 groups representing around 170,000 music makers and can offer the expert help needed to set up, run and develop music groups in their communities. They say it all starts with having a go. Find out more at www.makingmusic.org.uk.
National Volunteers’ Week takes place from the 1st to 7th June 2015 and you can find more details at http://volunteersweek.org/
To volunteer to become part of the Tenterden Folk Festival team contact us now.