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Capital Sci Fi Con Event Volunteer

We need over 100 volunteers over the three days to help us make 2022 the best convention yet!

Capital Sci-Fi Con, is Scotland’s ONLY not for profit convention that brings the world of pop culture, movies and comics to life in the heart of Edinburgh. Over the last six years, the event has raised over £300,000 for the children and families who need us.

Taking place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on the 23rd and 24th July 2022, this weekend extravaganza features everything from prop displays to movie guests, gaming to interactive zones and live entertainment to the famous cosplay competition!

We need over 100 volunteers over the three days to help us make 2022 the best convention yet!

What activities will I be involved in?

  • Tombola Ticket Trader - Working in pairs you will sell tickets for the CHAS tombola. We always have a variety of prizes on offer ranging from Star Wars to Harry Potter to Marvel.
  • “Cape” Room – working in a pair you will look after the very busy cloakroom, taking donations and putting away people’s jackets, bags and capes – literally!
  • Welcome Host – we need a confident and welcoming person/people to make sure the guests at Capital Sci Fi Con feel welcomed as soon as they walk through the doors. This role will also include announcing on the tannoy to the entire convention when events are about to happen and any safety messages.
  • Keeper of the Coins – at various locations around the event, you will collect donations and make sure they get to the counting room safely. As part of this role, you will also be involved in making sure that event spaces are tidy and clean.
  • Prop Watcher – it is more important than ever that our event spaces are clean and safe for everyone attending. You will ensure that high-touch areas around the event are kept clean and sanitised, e.g. props.
  • Reception Rep – we need approachable volunteers to welcome guests and check that they have all the information they need and have followed the covid-19 guidelines and procedures.

What skills and abilities will I need to have?

  • Friendly and approachable
  • An interest in meeting new people and being a positive representative for CHAS
  • Passion and enthusiasm for the cause
  • Shared values with the organisation: respect, care, honesty, accountability

How much time should I offer?

We’re looking for volunteers to help on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2022.

Volunteer shifts are approximately (subject to slight changes):

  • 9am – 12pm
  • 11.30am – 3pm
  • 2.30pm – 5.30pm

What ongoing learning/support/guidance will I receive?

It’s important to us that you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. As a CHAS event volunteer you will be provided with a written briefing ahead of the event and you will also receive a full briefing from your team lead on the day.

We will keep you updated on the Covid-19 related guidance and measures that will be in place to keep everyone safe.

What are the benefits to me?

  • Attending Capital Sci Fi Con
  • Learning new skills whilst having fun
  • Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition.
  • Adding to your CV
  • Meeting new people
  • Having fun!

What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS?

By helping to raise money at Capital Sci Fi Con you are helping to fund our vital services that support children and families at difficult times in their lives.

What else should I know?

Due to the nature of this event, there are likely to be large volume of visitors present each day. Therefore we advise that those volunteering are comfortable in larger crowds. CHAS will endeavour to put the necessary procedures and measures in place to protect everyone. 

We will pay your out-of-pocket expenses in line with the CHAS volunteer expenses policy.

CHAS is committed to providing a quality volunteering experience to all volunteers free from discrimination and prejudice. Ensuring that CHAS is an equal, diverse, and inclusive organisation will improve the quality of care we provide, help us reach more families and children, and maximise a wide variety of knowledge, experience and expertise.

We welcome volunteer applications from those who are refugees, asylum seekers, benefit claimants and those with a disability. Feel free to contact us on 0131 444 1900 or volunteering@chas.org.uk if you have any questions.

What’s the next step?

If you’re interested in this role, please contact the Capital Sci Fi Con team on capitalscifi@chas.org.uk or call Emma Gartland on 07483 926461.

You can apply online through our online application form here

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