Volunteer

Join our team of volunteers

Around 650 volunteers help to make the Convention possible each year. We are so grateful for all those who give their time to serve at the Convention. And we’d love you to get involved, too!

There are so many roles that you can get help with, from volunteering in finance to serving in the  fundraising or technical teams. If you’ve got a heart for working with children, youth or in the crèche, then please apply for roles within our children’s and youth ministry. Places are also available on the café and catering teams.

Hear from some of our volunteers in this short video.

Volunteer Roles

Click on the roles below to learn more about what is involved in being a volunteer for Keswick Ministries:

Welcome team

These volunteers are responsible for welcoming those attending and on hand in sessions to make sure everyone is alright. The Skiddaw Street welcome team covers the main tent, as well as the majority of the smaller venues around the town. The Rawnsley welcome team covers the Rawnsley site, with the children and youth venues, as well as our exhibition marquee.

Fundraising

This role involves working as part of a small team primarily during the morning and evening meetings. The team inputs gift information into an electronic database and records gift aid as appropriate. Volunteers must have experience in using a computer and have a good eye for detail.

Technical

Volunteers help to install and set up PA and projection kits for seminars and other small venues throughout the week. They might also be asked to man a seminar venue. Some knowledge of sound, video, tech is useful or have a good ability to learn.

Catering

These volunteers are based at the Skiddaw Street site. They prepare and serve meals for support team, trustees, and speakers. This includes breakfasts, lunches and two-course evening meals.

You don’t need to have appeared on Master Chef or be a gourmet chef to serve on this team! We’re looking for volunteers who can chop and prepare ingredients, working with our team leader to provide meals for the Convention teams.

Photography

Volunteers for this role will be roving photographers during the convention, capturing images of the main meetings, seminars, conventioners and highlights of the week. The role also involves speaking to people to set up group shots of the Convention team and visitors.

Creche

The crèche is for pre-school aged children who are supervised at all times by their parents/ carers. Volunteers need a love for children as well as being able to welcome their families to the crèche area. The role involves several tasks including making drinks for parents/carers and tidying up at the end of the sessions.

Cafe

Volunteers are based in Base Camp at the Rawnsley site. Tasks involve carrying out general café jobs, ensuring the smooth running of the café and serving customers. The role also includes making sure that café tables and seating are clean and tidy. Full training will be given.

Finance

The role involves working as part of a small team, primarily during the mornings and evenings. It involves counting collections and preparing money and documentation for banking of donations. Inputting bank information onto various spreadsheets is also part of the role. Volunteers must have a good eye for detail.

Set Down

This role involves clearing the sites following the Convention. There is a range of practical tasks that need to be carried out including storing chairs and equipment as well as moving items and helping team members on the sites.

Set Up

This role involves being part of a team to help with manual tasks in setting up venues including Base Camp, and other marquees, at the Rawnsley site and also the main tent and marquees at Skiddaw Street. Volunteers carry out a variety of practical tasks to get the sites ready for the Convention.

Kids

Volunteers teach children Bible stories based on the main Bible reading sessions. They also provide fun games, crafts and activities that support these teachings. The role involves enjoying working as part of a team, be lively and enthusiastic and be interested in encouraging and building up children and young people.

Youth

Teaching young people Bible stories based on the main Bible reading sessions, drawing alongside them and encouraging young people is the aim of those volunteering in this role. Volunteers will be working at venues on the Rawnsley site. The role involves enjoying working as part of a team and being lively and enthusiastic!

Reception

This team welcomes conventioners and dealing with their enquiries. It also involves selling programmes and other merchandise as well as some computer based tasks such as assisting parents with the registration of their children for their groups. Volunteers will be based in reception at the Skiddaw Street office.

Step 1: Can I apply?

We ask that: 

All team members, whatever their role in the Convention or other areas of Keswick Ministries’ work, are able to declare their faith in Jesus Christ as their Saviour, Lord and God. By accepting the invitation to serve on a team you are indicating your personal commitment to Christ. 

All office holders, staff, speakers, team leaders and those in any form of public speaking ministry (including team members in children’s work, youth, young adults, Keswick Unconventional, signers, etc.) affirm their commitment to the truths outlined in our doctrinal statement. By accepting the invitation to serve with Keswick Ministries you are indicating your personal affirmation of these truths. 

  • You are over 18, or over 20 for the Youth Team 
  • You can commit to a whole week, arriving and departing on the respective Saturdays 
  • You are able to attain a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check prior to the beginning of the event (Kids & Youth Teams only) 
  • You are eligible to serve in the UK (we are unable to assist with any Visa applications) 
  • You can provide two references – one of which must be someone in a recognised leadership role within your church, who sees you at least twice a month, and ideally has known you for at least one year. The second referee needs to have known you for at least 2 years. 

Step 2: Online Application Process

Click the button below to read more and complete the online registration process.

Step 3: Submit Application

What happens next? 

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement and we will start the application process, communicating with you at regular intervals. Please note that applications can take around 4-6 weeks to complete, depending on suitable allocation to a team and the obtaining of references. Once you have been offered a place on team and we have satisfactorily completed all checks and references you will receive all the practical information at the beginning of June. 

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