Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 Volunteer                    

Time Commitment:               At least 5 shifts across the time period of

                                                Thursday 20th June – Sunday 30th June 2019

                                                Evenings and weekend work will be available

Responsible to:                     Festival Coordinator

Location:                                Venues across Scotland (mainly Glasgow)

Deadline for application:      Monday 15 April, 5pm

Interview date:                       Morning of 26 April Friday

What is Refugee Festival Scotland?

Refugee Festival Scotland celebrates the richness and diversity of Scotland’s communities. The festival brings people from refugee and local communities together to celebrate the contribution refugees make to the vibrancy and richness of Scotland’s cultural life and the welcome offered by local people.

Co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, our festival of arts, culture, sport, food and drink gives people from different backgrounds the chance to meet, share stories, get to know each other better and discover how much we all have in common.

Refugee Festival Scotland’s programme of events offers communities the chance to speak for themselves, to define themselves on their own terms and in their own voices. The festival is centred on World Refugee Day, 20 June, established by the UN in 2000. Over the last 19 years, the festival has grown from a one-day Glasgow based music and food event, to a ten-day programme of more than 100 events across Scotland.

This year, the theme of Refugee Festival Scotland is Making Art, Making Home, which aims to showcase the talent, creativity and resilience of New Scots artists and community groups. Arts, culture and sport are important in creating spaces for old and new Scots alike to meet and learn more about each other, breaking down barriers and highlighting the vibrancy and diversity of Scotland’s communities. The full programme will be announced in early May.

Why is Refugee Festival important?

Refugee Festival Scotland is about celebrating and having fun, but it also has a serious purpose. By opening doors and building bridges across communities, we help increase understanding about the need for a more fair and just asylum system and for a more welcoming reception for people seeking refugee protection in Scotland.

Refugee Festival raises the profile of refugee issues and helps people to understand why refugees flee their homes and seek safety in Scotland and other countries. It challenges negative perceptions and attitudes and provides a platform for refugee voices to be heard – on the stage, in arts venues, communities and the media. 

Our Festival Volunteers will assist us by representing Scottish Refugee Council at events; carrying out evaluation and interviews; providing feedback to the Festival Team; and helping us document the festival through photography, social media and blogging. 

What will I be doing?

Duties will involve:

  • Attending Refugee Festival Scotland events on behalf of Scottish Refugee Council
  • Giving information to members of the public about Refugee Festival Scotland and Scottish Refugee Council
  • Ensuring people complete the evaluation questionnaires
  • Conducting interviews with attendees at Refugee Festival events
  • Compiling information gathered in the evaluation forms and interviews
  • Various administrative tasks associated with evaluation

What skills or qualities do I need?

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • An interest in arts and community events
  • Ability to work with a range of different people including asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Reliability, punctuality and enthusiasm
  • Be passionate about upholding refugees’ human rights
  • Warm and approachable manner

What do I get out of it?

  • The opportunity to welcome people, including asylum seekers and refugees, to the festival
  • The opportunity to attend exciting events and be part of a dynamic tea
  • The chance to meet new people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences
  • The opportunity to contribute new ideas to the development of Refugee Festival Scotland 2020
  • Training in working with asylum seekers and refugees
  • A Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 t-shirt!

How to apply

Please complete an application form and email it to by the deadline on Monday, 15 April, 5pm.

Or you can post it or return it in person to

Volunteer Recruitment

Scottish Refugee Council

Portland House (Floor 6)

17 Renfield Street

Glasgow G2 5AH


Email us at or call 0141 248 9799 with any questions about this role. 

Want to find out more about Refugee Festival Scotland?

For more information on Refugee Festival Scotland contact / 0141 248 9799.