Not Quite Light – Volunteers

Not Quite Light Festival is a three-day celebration of art; music; debate and architecture in and around Salford. Centred around the beginning of Daylight-Saving Time, this year’s festival is taking place on the weekend of 26th to 29th March – and we need your help!

We are looking for volunteers to support us with some of the special events that we have planned.  Whether you’re a local resident, a student, a veteran volunteer or a first-time enthusiast, there are opportunities for all to engage and take part in this year’s festival. You can find a full list of the events taking place here and where possible, we will match you to events that you are interested in.

This is the first time we have recruited a volunteer team so it’s a great opportunity to help shape our volunteering programme into the future! This year, we are running a scaled down festival (although it’s still got a really exciting programme!) but next year we will be looking at establishing more specialist roles such as team leaders; artist liaison and tech support.

All our volunteers will act as representatives and advocates of the festival, working as ‘the face’ of the festival to the general public and visitors to our events. We want to enhance our attendees experience at Not Quite Light Festival and shout about all the amazing things that Salford has to offer.

In return, you will get the opportunity to support a growing festival that celebrates all that Salford has to offer. We will reimburse reasonable travel costs (local bus / tram etc.) and provide you with water and tea / coffee during your shift. You will be able to wear your own clothes and we are just finalising arrangements for how you will be identified as a volunteer – details TBC at the briefing.

2020 Roles

General volunteers:

We need some general volunteers who are happy to welcome and signpost visitors; providing initial customer service; support our venue staff; and help get people to the right place at the right time. You may also need to check tickets and monitor attendance to our other events and direct visitors to local transport hubs. These roles are likely to be quite active and involve moving around and will be spread out throughout the festival programme.

Exhibition volunteers:

We have two exhibition spaces featuring artwork that will be open throughout the festival. This role will be a bit less hands on and will likely be less busy than some of the other roles. The exhibitions are open from 10am to 5pm each day so shifts will be during the daytime for 4 hours (10-2 or 1-5) shifts each day from Friday to Sunday.

Pilgrimage volunteers:

On Friday 27th March, Pilgrimage returns after its successful first outing in 2019. A group of walkers led by the Reverand Andy Salmon from Sacred Trinity Church will walk just under 30 miles from the mouth of the River Irwell right into Salford. This is a full day event anticipated to take from 5am to 5pm. We are ideally looking for volunteers with their own transport who can support those who are joining / leaving the route at designated stops. We are hoping to have 2 support vehicles to accompany the route, providing updates on social media and carrying refreshments and first aid supplies, and it is likely that these will run in shifts (morning / afternoon) due to the early start and long run time of the event.

Henshaws volunteers:

This year, the festival is linking up with Henshaws, the oldest charity in Greater Manchester, who support people with visual impairment. There are a number of events across the festival where we need volunteers to support the volunteer team from Henshaws to explain and assist activities which allow visitors to experience what it’s like to live with a visual impairment. These events take place on Thursday evening; Saturday morning / evening; and Sunday afternoon. Ideally, we would like the same small team of volunteers to work these events.

Dawn Bike Ride volunteers:

This sold out event allows riders to cycle through the streets of Salford with few cars, imagining an alternative way of travelling through the urban area. We are looking for __ volunteers to support with this. The event takes place on Sunday 29th March 6am-8am.

You will need to be a competent cyclist and be able to attend training on a date and time TBC. If you are interested in this role, please note any restrictions to your availability between now and the festival on the form.

All volunteers will be required to attend a briefing session on 17th March between 7 and 8pm at location TBC – likely to be near New Bailey, Salford.


This session will cover information about your shifts; what to wear; who to contact etc. although as a general rule of thumb you will be asked to wear comfortable, non-branded and weather appropriate clothing. If you cannot make this session, please indicate on the form below and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss this with you.

To register your interest, please fill in this form and a member of the NQL team will get back to you by Friday 13th March.

Thanks, and we can’t wait to see you at Not Quite Light Festival 2020!

Volunteer form