A huge thank you for volunteering at the inaugural teen Do. We are so happy to know that you are coming.
The aim of teen Do is to give everyone an amazing experience and to create an environment where curiosity, creativity and confidence can thrive. We thank you in anticipation of a weekend packed full of inspiring talks, workshops, laughter and fun. We are very for grateful for your generosity of time, patience and good humour and hope that we can rely on you to go the extra mile, to help us create an outstanding event.
It's a 2 day summer camp for creativity and its purpose is to help put teens on the right track. They will learn about the stuff they are not taught at school. Our aim is to give teens some practical tools to get their ideas out there.
12 speakers will inspire 40 teenagers (14-17yrs) over 2 days. But it isn’t just about the talks, there will also be time to learn some practical skills during the workshops. There will be hands on workshops from; film making, music making, coding, photography, yoga, animating, illustrating and clowning.
This guide is intended to provide some basic knowledge on volunteering at teen Do. It’s exciting new territory for us and so we’ll learn a lot as we go along.
We hope that this guide answers all your queries, but please do ask if you have any more.
Things you need to know...
When is Teen Do?
Arrival and check in Midday Friday 12th August. Depart Sunday 14th August 2pm.
Attendees and speakers will be arriving mid-morning onwards on the 12th. We are asking all volunteers to attend for the whole duration and to arrive at 2pm on Wednesday the 10th ready for a full day before attendees arrive. There is a lot to do in a few days.
There will be a big clean up ahead of us after everyone has left on the Sunday afternoon and so we’re asking everyone to stay for that. We’ll be putting on an evening meal to say thank you to everyone and everyone will set-off off on the Monday morning.
We are looking for people who can stay around for the duration.
What will I be doing?
It will be a remarkable few days, full of lots of remarkable speakers, workshops hosts and talented teens, it is also remarkably hard work. Teen Do is run by a group of teenagers, Stella, Tessa, Moo, Tilly, Gwenllian and Lucy. With a little help from the Do Lectures team, Anna, Dawn and Naomi.
We really rely on volunteers to help out and take on a lot of the responsibility as we're such a small team. Whether it’s looking after speakers and VIPs, ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of the teens, writing up notices, helping out workshop leaders, helping out in the kitchen with prep and washing up duties, keeping the place looking spic and span, locking up at night, being the king/queen of timekeeping, helping out the tech guys in the lecture barn, you really will be our hands, ears, eyes and feet.
We will do our best to plan for most jobs but there will be some tasks that crop up which aren’t planned for. It is important that we deal with these in a timely manner and try to anticipate problems before they occur. If you see something that isn’t quite right, please do not ignore it. If you are unable to deal with it yourself, then please ask a member of the Do team to help. We won’t be able to brief you on every job that needs to be done. You will need to use your common sense and initiative.
We will separate the volunteers into teams to cover morning, lunch and dinner. You will find yourself involved with a variety of tasks and here are some examples of what we might ask you to do:
Within the teams, many of the tasks will be hospitality based helping to set-up the food barn, helping to serve food, drinks and clearing up afterwards. We will try to limit the amount of washing up duty, but we do anticipate a few ‘all hands on deck moments’.
Cleaning: Undoubtedly, the least glamorous job, but an essential one just the same, be it sweeping the floor to cleaning the toilets and showers.
Coffee & tea station: making sure everything is fully stocked to keep everyone hydrated.
The event will be split into 4 sessions; Friday afternoon, Sat morning, Sat afternoon and Sunday morning. Each session will comprise of 3 talks followed by workshops which will run concurrently for approximately 1.5 hours.
We will also be asking a number of you to help as speaker and workshop monitors.
These roles will include the following duties:
Speaker monitor: Volunteers are allocated a group of speakers and VIPs to look after. e.g. meet on arrival; show to tents; carry bags; and most importantly make sure they are happy. Keep speaker’s Green Room tidy and make sure it’s lock up in the evening.
Workshop monitor: Make sure sign up sheets are available; make sure people know where to go; make sure all workshop spaces and equipment are prepped beforehand and provide assistance during the workshops if required.
Time keeping monitor: Making sure we are keeping to the daily schedule; shepherding people into the talk barn, to workshops, ensuring the talks don’t run over etc.
Communication: Keeping the communal blackboards updated with notices and daily schedule.
We will run through this during the volunteer briefing on Wednesday 10th.
We understand that not all the teens will be comfortable being in a crowd with strangers, so they will need a good network of adults at the event who will be able there to offer support. We would ask you to keep a look out for any teen who is anxious or homesick.
We need to make sure all attendees are happy, familiar with the environment and have us around to answer any questions.
We have a strict no alcohol and smoking policy throughout all areas accessible to the teens and we would ask you to monitor this and adhere to it yourselves.
Will you get to see any talks?
Yes. As a thank you, we make sure we rota in some free time to see some lectures. We will also rota in some time so you can have a rest, listen to the music and chat to speakers and attendees around the campfire.
Where will I be sleeping?
Please bring your own tent, towel, pillow and sleeping bag. You will be camping in the same area as speakers and workshop hosts in a nearby field. We do ask you to bring plenty of waterproofs and warm clothing as it can get cold at night, even in August.
List of stuff to bring
• Tent, camping equipment and bedding.
• Towels & Toiletries.
• Warm clothes.
• Comfortable shoes and a pair of wellies if you like. • Working clothes for set-up (you might get dirty!).
• Sunscreen and sunglasses (we have our fingers crossed for some good weather!)
• Notebook, pen & pencil. It can get cold at night, so come prepared to spend a lot of time outdoors in this amazing Welsh landscape.
Directions to Teen Do
Address: Parc Y Pratt, Fishguard Road, Cardigan, SA43 3DR
Please ignore Satnav directions for the last few miles as it sends you in the wrong direction.
If you would like to travel by train the closest train stations are Carmarthen (if you are coming from the South) and Aberystwyth (if you are travelling from the North.) Please refer to national rail for further information.
Approaching from the M4 in South Wales take the M4 to the end then continue on the A48 to Carmarthen. At Carmarthen continue west, taking the A40 for approximately 2 miles and passing through St Clears, Whitland and Llanddewi Velfrey. You will soon approach a large roundabout (Penblewin Roundabout) at the junction with the A478. Take the third exit (right) towards Cardigan. Continue along the A478 for around 19 miles. Heading towards Cardigan you will pass the villages of Rhoshill and Pen-y-Bryn. On the approach to Cardigan you will reach a roundabout where you need to take the first exit, signposted Fishguard. This will take you onto the A487 and the farm is located about half a mile or so from the roundabout. Look out for our signs along this road to direct you onto the farm.
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