Organisers of the Hebridean Celtic Festival ended Volunteers Week with a glowing tribute to the band of volunteers who help to run the biggest event of the island year.
Over 180 volunteers keep the HebCelt show on the road each year, many returning year after year and using their own annual holidays to make sure they can lend a hand.
HebCelt co-ordinator Caroline Maclennan told welovestornoway.com on Friday (June 7th): “More than half of our volunteer team travel home to help us and they do this every year. Volunteers underpin the running of the event and we couldn’t do it without them.”
Among the volunteer roles on the annual big bash there are technical and preparation staff who set up the site and staging and help clear the site after the event. On the day there are ambassadors and sales staff, while the famous ‘Green Team’ manage the disposal of recycling and waste and make sure the castle green stays in good shape throughout the festival.
The active involvement of all the volunteers – from the Gaelic team to token sellers – gives the festival a distinctive atmosphere, according to Caroline. “We have volunteers running the safe space, Coastguard Rescue Team members, Police Service Youth Volunteers, Macmillan Cancer Care reps looking after the disabled access platform and 90% of the people you see running around the stage are volunteers.
“Their involvement not only makes everything work, but gives it the distinctive atmosphere that makes HebCelt a festival unlike any other.”
Volunteers in most areas are still being recruited for this summer’s HebCelt, the 24th annual event, running from July 17th to 20th. You can find out about the different teams and get an application form at https://hebceltfest.com/getinvolved/volunteer/
Picture shows volunteers getting together for a pre-event briefing in July 2018 (HebCelt Festival).