Refugee Festival Scotland Photography Volunteer  

Time Commitment:   At least 5 half day shifts across the time period of 20-30 June 2019.

                                    Evening and weekend work will be available

Responsible to:        Media Officer

Location:                   17 Renfield Street and at festival venues

Duration:                   During festival dates, and some additional induction and training days in May

Deadline for application:      Monday 15 April, 5pm

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.

It is essential that the events within the festival are documented through photography.  You would be required to volunteer as part of the Refugee Festival Scotland team.

What will I be doing?

  • Attending Refugee Festival Scotland 2019 events on behalf of Scottish Refugee Council
  • Documenting events through photography
  • Ensuring permission slips are distributed and signed in order that Scottish Refugee Council may use the images in publicity and documentation

What skills or qualities do I need?

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • An interest in arts events 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
  • Ability to work in a demanding environment and adhere to deadlines
  • Reliability, punctuality and enthusiasm

What do I get out of it?

  • A Refugee Festival Scotland 2018 t-shirt!
  • The opportunity to welcome people, including asylum seekers and refugees, to Glasgow and the festival
  • The opportunity to attend exciting, celebratory events and be part of a dynamic team
  • The chance to meet new people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences
  • Training in working with asylum seekers and refugees

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.