Derby CAN (Volunteer) Call Out – Timber Festival

Derby CAN are delivering this exciting festival and event volunteering training with our partners Wild Rumpus to equip YOU to organise your own Derby CAN hub events and be part of activities around the city!

The volunteer programme will be delivered by Wild Rumpus, the team behind Timber Festival, Just So Festival and the Chester Zoo Lanterns. With the Derby CAN team also be on hand at each step of the volunteer journey to support you.


Our volunteer programme has been developed to ensure participants receive professional event training by one of the UKs leading arts organisation’s Wild Rumpus, lots of hands-on experience at Timber Festival and is accessible to all.

For those who take part we will then be encouraging you to lead on your own events, festivals and programming in our Derby CAN hubs and around the city!

The volunteer programme will cover:

  • Information session & sign-up session – Derby CAN Volunteer Programme 2023!
  • A visit to Wild Rumpus at the Whirligig woods in Cheshire.
  • Wild Rumpus Timber Festival volunteer training (three Online sessions).
  • Onsite at Timber Festival – health and safety training and festival set up.
  • Timber Festival – Volunteer at Timber Festival and time to explore the festival (3 days).
  • Timber festival feedback session / sign up to volunteer at Derby CAN events.

Who can apply?

If you’re 18 years and over, from Derby have a passion for cultural events and want to develop your event skills whilst gaining first-hand experience of working at a live event, Timber Festival – we want to hear from you!

No experience is necessary but an interest in cultural events, a willing to learn and enthusiasm is a must!

We want to invest in the people of Derby and are looking for enthusiastic, positive, and driven people to take part and learn from industry professionals.

Our volunteer programme has been developed to ensure that you will…

  • Learn new skills and gain lots of hands-on experience to enhance your CV.
  • Meet new people and build networks within the cultural sector.
  • Attend and experience volunteering at a live event – Timber Festival.
  • Have an adventure!

Successful applicants will also be paid £200 training bursary to attend all sessions and cover all expenses during the festival weekend. (Derby CAN will provide transport to away days at the Whirligig Woods and to onsite activity at Timber Festival, plus camping equipment will be provided for Timber Festival).

Please let us know if you have any access needs and we can make suitable arrangements.

Everyone and anyone is welcome, but remember, limited spaces are available… so, apply today!

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Who are Wild Rumpus?

Wild Rumpus are a leading UK family arts organisation who exist in a space where arts and culture meet the natural environment. Working from the Whirligig, 4 acres of woodland in Cheshire, they create experiences which inspire curiosity and design events that immerse audiences in incredible stories and moments of wonder.

Producing large scale outdoor arts events, most often in wild natural landscapes. They believe that by creating visceral arts experiences in nature, they can encourage people to re-imagine their relationship with their environment and that by feeling more emotionally connected and passionate about nature people are more likely to take action to conserve and protect it.

Find out more about their other adventures here — wildrumpus.org.uk

What is Timber Festival?

Our volunteer programme will take you on a three-day outdoor adventure at Timber Festival!

Timber Festival takes place in and is a celebration and exploration of The National Forest and the transformative impact of trees and forests on our lives. Check out the Timber festival 2022 film here – https://timberfestival.org.uk/galleries/2022-video/

You will gain hands-on experience volunteering alongside the Timber Festival team as well as having lots of free time to explore the incredible festival, gathering with artists, musicians, and writers, as they respond and react to the forest in bold and exhilarating ways. Check out the programme here – https://timberfestival.org.uk/the-programme/

You will stay on site across the three days, camping alongside the Derby CAN team. (Camping equipment will be provided, however your more than welcome to bring your own!)

How do I get involved?

To find out more about the Derby CAN Volunteer Programme 2023! Why not come along to our information sessions, where you will meet the Derby CAN and Wild Rumpus Community teams and find out more about the volunteer programme. – Details below:

Meet Derby CAN
Saturday 6 May 2023
11am – 4pm
Hindhu Temple Geeta Bhawan
66-102 Peartree Road, Derby

Meet Derby CAN & Wild Rumpus
Monday 15 May 2023
6pm – 8pm
Location to be confirmed

To apply for the volunteer programme please complete the Derby CAN Volunteer Programme application form and email to Rachelrhodesculture@gmail.com by 4pm on Thursday 18 May 2023.

(We will respond to all applicants by Tuesday 23 May 2023)