Volunteering

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is all about taking part and getting involved. Become a Hogmanay Ambassador and help make this Hogmanay the greatest winter festival in the world.

To get involved, please fill in this form to register your details. 

This is what we’re looking for….

The climax to this year’s Torchlight Procession on 30 December will see thousands of torch bearers spell out one word – which has been suggested and chosen by the young people of Scotland – and which symbolises how they want Scotland to be seen around the world.

We are looking for a large number of volunteers to help us form that word out of thousands of torchbearers. You will work under our professional chartists (yes, that’s the name for choreographed mass movement!), Rocky Smith and Gina Martinez, who have worked on the Commonwealth Games and 62 opening ceremonies around the world.

This will be an amazing event to be a part of. You will help to create a brand new and iconic image from Edinburgh that will travel around the world.

We are looking for:

12 x Ambassador Supervisors

Volunteer Ambassador Supervisors will:

  • Support around 10 ambassadors, ensuring they can come directly to you with questions and queries.
  • Help to deliver a safe and enjoyable Torchlight Procession for the public and ensuring all ambassadors know their role.
  • Help ambassadors engage with the public with a good attitude and delivering a positive experience for all members of the public.
  • Play a part in helping make sure all ambassadors are supported, creating a sense of unity as part of the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018.
  • Support the depute ambassador volunteer manager to ensure all ambassadors feel part of the event and a positive memorable experience.
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in an iconic festival.  To make sure that everyone has a great time, knows what they are doing, feels supported and to make sure it is a safe and successful event it is vital that all volunteers attend the  training and rehearsals dates – on 21, 22 December 19:00 - 21:00, 29 December 18:00 - 21:00 and 30 December 16:00 - 21:30.  If you can’t attend these dates then unfortunately this is not the right opportunity for you this year. 

120 x Hogmanay Ambassadors

Responsibilities include:

  • Ambassadors will be supported by a team of experienced mass choreographers and chartists, who will be overseeing the formation of the #ScotWord.
  • Help ensure that the thousands of members of the public participating in the Torchlight Procession have a memorable experience.
  • Help mass choreographers to direct volunteers quickly and efficiently to form #ScotWord in Holyrood Park, which will be beamed around the world to start the Year of Young People 2018.
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in an iconic festival.  To make sure that everyone has a great time, knows what they are doing, feels supported and to make sure it is a safe and successful event it is vital that all volunteers attend the– on 21, 22 December 19:00 - 21:00, 29 December 18:00 - 21:00 and 30 December 16:00 - 21:30.  .  If you can’t attend these dates then unfortunately this is not the right opportunity for you this year.  

Download the Hogmanay Ambassador Charter, this document details our promise to you as participants and our expectations of you as volunteers.

We want our rebooted and revamped Street Party to leave its mark on people. Help make Edinburgh’s Street Party the best and safest party in the world.

We’re looking for Street Party Ambassadors with a “happy to help” attitude. You’ll be the friendly hosts and info points for the thousands of people that come to the Street Party. Show people around and give out helpful information in the event arena.

We are looking for:

2 x Deputy Ambassador Volunteer Manager 

Deputy Ambassador Volunteer Managers will:

  • Assist the ambassador volunteer manager with the registration of ambassadors for all rehearsals and during the event on the 31.12.17
  • Create a positive welcoming environment to all ambassadors on the programme.
  • Lead a team of 6 ambassador supervisors each and ensuring they are briefed and engaged during the rehearsals.
  • Be the key contact for the 6 ambassadors as well as supporting the welfare of 60 ambassadors.
  • Support the Volunteer Manager to delivery the Hogmanay Ambassador Programme and be integral to the Street Party delivery.
  • Deal with any Ambassador questions before they are escalated to the Volunteer Manager.
  • Work with the Volunteer Manager to ensure all ambassadors have a positive volunteering experience as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay ‘18.
  • ·       This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in an iconic festival.  To make sure that everyone has a great time, knows what they are doing, feels supported and to make sure it is a safe and successful event it is vital that all volunteers attend the induction and training dates – on 31 December from 14:00 – 23:00.  If you can’t attend these dates then unfortunately this is not the right opportunity for you this year.  

 

12 x Ambassador Supervisors

Volunteer Ambassador Supervisors will:

Support around 10 ambassadors, ensuring they can come directly to you with questions and queries.

  • Ensuring all 10 of your team have breaks and are supported through the whole shift as part of the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party
  • Ensuring everyone attending has a positive experience as part of the Street Party.
  • Ensure all ambassadors are engaging with the public with a positive attitude and delivering a great experience for all members of the public.
  • Ensure all ambassadors are supported, creating a sense of unity as part of the first ever Hogmanay Ambassador Programme.
  • ·       This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in an iconic festival.  To make sure that everyone has a great time, knows what they are doing, feels supported and to make sure it is a safe and successful event it is vital that all volunteers attend induction and training dates – on 29 December 2017 (times TBC) and the whole event 31 December from 14:00 – 02:00.  If you can’t attend these dates then unfortunately this is not the right opportunity for you this year.  

 

120 x Street Party Ambassadors

Volunteer Street Party Ambassadors will:

  • Play key roles in various locations around the event arena. 
  • Be the welcoming faces to Edinburgh Hogmanay’s world famous Street Party.
  • Assist those attending the party with information; from details of the performers on the music stages to the nearest exit points, medical services and transport hubs.  
  • You will need to be over 18 by 31.12.17.
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in an iconic festival.  To make sure that everyone has a great time, knows what they are doing, feels supported and to make sure it is a safe and successful event it is vital that all volunteers attend all induction and training dates – on 31 December from 14:00 – 23:00. If you can’t attend these dates then unfortunately this is not the right opportunity for you this year.  

Download the Hogmanay Ambassador Charter, this document details our promise to you as participants and our expectations of you as volunteers.

CALLING VOLUNTEER DANCERS OF ALL AGES

This year we'll be animating Edinburgh's Princes Street with entertainment based around the traditions of First Footin' - creating the best Hogmanay Party EVER, sharing Scotland's New Year traditions with the world. 

We're looking for dancers - any sort of dancers - to volunteer to be part of this amazing night, which will leave its mark on you and everyone who attends.

WHAT?

You'll work with experienced choreographers who'll be creating dances for large groups of dancers to perform on the night for the crowds. Our choreographers have worked on musical and theatre productions, as well as being respected teachers at Dance Base and further afield.

WHO?

You need to be available for these key rehearsal dates in order to take part.

WHEN?

MEET & GREET

Sunday 19 November between 3-5pm

REHEARSALS

Rehearsal 29 December (10:00 - 1800) Dance Base, 14 - 16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh , EH1 2JU. 
Rehearsal 30 December (10:00 - 1800) Dance Base, 14 - 16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh , EH1 2JU. 
 

ON THE NIGHT 31.12.17

Must be available from 4pm - 10pm. After you can stay and party with the rest of the world!

CONTACT US

If you think this could be you send an email to volunteers@edinburghshogmanay.com with the following information:

  • Confirmation of your availability for ALL of the above dates
  • Your age
  • Your gender
  • Your experience
  • Why you want to play a part in Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Val McDermid’s brand new short story will be projected on to a number of buildings and landmarks around the centre of Edinburgh, and visitors will be able to take a walking trail of the route to follow the chapters of the story.  

We’re looking for wonderful volunteers in each ‘chapter’ location to help show people around the route, guide and advise.

We are looking for:

4 x Deputy Ambassador Volunteer Managers

Deputy Ambassador Volunteer Managers will:

  • Assist the ambassador volunteer manager with the registration of volunteers. 
  • Lead the ambassador supervisors and ensure they are briefed and engaged during the induction and the event.
  • Be the key contact for the ambassadors as well as supporting the welfare of the ambassadors during the duration of the event and the shifts.
  • Support the volunteer manager to delivery Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Ambassador Programme and be involved in delivering the Message from the Skies event.
  • Deal with any ambassador questions before they are escalated to the volunteer manager.
  • Support the volunteer manager to ensure all ambassadors have a positive volunteering experience as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018.
  • You will be on your feet and a lot of walking will be required to go from location to location.
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in an iconic festival.  To make sure that everyone has a great time, knows what they are doing, feels supported and to make sure it is a safe and successful event it is vital that all volunteers attend all induction and training dates – between 1 - 25 January 2018.  If you can’t attend these dates then unfortunately this is not the right opportunity for you this year.  

 

12 x Ambassador Supervisors

Ambassador Supervisors will:

  • Support your section of ambassadors, which will be 8-10 depending on how many locations you are looking after.
  • Ensure all 10 of your team are taking breaks and ensure they are supported through the whole shift.
  • Ensure all ambassadors are engaging with the public positively creating an unforgettable experience for all taking part in Message from the Skies.
  • Ensure all ambassadors are supported creating a sense of unity as part of the first ever Hogmanay Ambassador Programme.
  • You will be on your feet and a lot of walking will be required to go from location to location.
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in an iconic festival.  To make sure that everyone has a great time, knows what they are doing, feels supported and to make sure it is a safe and successful event it is vital that all volunteers attend all induction and training dates – between 1 - 25 January 2018.  If you can’t attend these dates then unfortunately this is not the right opportunity for you this year.  

 

Download the Hogmanay Ambassador Charter, this document details our promise to you as participants and our expectations of you as volunteers.