The benefits of volunteering with us

Benefits

In addition to what we hope is a unique opportunity and a memorable experience, we offer our volunteer team members the following:

Training / mentoring / information / networking

Access to training opportunities, mentoring, information sessions and networking events to help you develop your arts industry knowledge and career. These include the Fringe Central programme for Fringe participants, organised by the Fringe Society, and other opportunities and events exclusive to C venues. Technical theatre training pre-Fringe is available to all volunteers.

Pass / tickets / discounts

Our C team pass gives access to free standby comp tickets (if seats are available just before the performance starts) for shows at C venues for you. It also provides access to free standby comp tickets for you at other venues at the Fringe that we have a reciprocal arrangement with (last year’s list included Greenside, Just the Tonic, Paradise Green, PQA, Sweet and Zoo venues). For shows at C venues, you can bring along a guest too. The pass also provides access to a 25% discount on food and drink at our venue cafés and bars, and access to discounts at various cafés, restaurants, sandwich shops, takeaways, shops and other establishments around the city.

Alumni programme

An alumni programme including a social network group where former team members post job and other opportunities, and post Festival get-togethers. Having completed a Fringe, we believe you are ideally equipped to work successfully elsewhere in the arts (and other industries). We are happy to provide references and to give informal career advice to current and former team members. Many of our team return from year to year, and while we recognise that not everyone can keep coming back to the Fringe, we are pleased to welcome team members back to the Fringe, whether as team members or as visiting alumni, and to facilitate additional training and more responsible role for those returning as team members, and a warm welcome back for alumni, however brief their visit. We also offer support to alumni wishing to bring their own shows or creative work to C venues.

Support network

A peer and managerial support network is available to all volunteers throughout and following the Festival.

Parties and get-togethers

Regular parties and get-togethers during the Fringe for team members and companies, so that you can have fun, relax and get to know other members of the C family.

Branded clothing

We will provide team members with C venues t-shirts and hoodies to wear during and after the Festival. You can also order custom branded items at cost.

Accommodation

Flats are generally within 30 minutes walk of the venue and most are spacious traditional Victorian Edinburgh flats. Flats are shared with other team members, and occasionally with companies and artists performing at the venues or other C venues guests. We ask you to provide sheets, sleeping bag or duvet, a pillow and towel. Rooms are generally shared, with others of the same gender, and you will be allocated a bed or a mattress to sleep on. A typical room might be for two or three people, in a large bedroom with one double bed and one or two mattresses. Each flat has a kitchen with cooking facilities, and a communal area, which may be the kitchen or another room. Expect to queue for the bathroom at times, though we try and rotate shifts so that not everyone in the flat is starting at the same time. Due to the nature of the short-term rental market, flats don’t generally have wifi, but do have a washing machine for your clothes. We provide basics such as washing powder, washing up liquid, toilet rolls and cleaning supplies. We will do our best to accommodate reasonable requests and access requirements. If you have your own accommodation, you don’t need to use ours.

Food

We provide basic foodstuffs at all the flats, including bread, breakfast cereal, milk, juice, tea, coffee, cooking staples such as tinned tomatoes and beans, pasta, rice, cous cous and cooking oil. We also provide some snack food at the venues, such as cereal bars, bread, hummus, falafel, sausage rolls, fruit, as well as crisps, chocolate and of course juice, tea and coffee. We will do our best to accommodate food allergies/intolerances on request.

Subsistence

We provide a small contribution to your subsistence expenses. We would like to be able to offer more, but simply don’t have the budget. This is payable after the end of your agreed dates, however in cases of hardship we may be able to make interim payments.