Making a Festival: What is a Festival Maker?
DOCA events could not happen without the support and hard work of our wonderful team of volunteer Festival Makers. So who are they? What do they do? And could you join them?
DOCA Festival Makers are local people from all walks of life, with varied skills and personalities. Some like to help out at many of our events, and some only join us for one per year. Festival Makers are aged anywhere from 18 to 80+. We’re open to younger folks joining us, so if you’d like to know more about that, do get in touch!
Some stats about the DOCA Festival Maker Team
There are 75 active Festival Makers
One third of our Festival Makers prefer to volunteer at only one event a year, and that’s OK! All contributions are hugely valued, no matter how much time you have to give.
45% are of retirement age, 55% are younger
Around 50% of FMs take part in regular DOCA activities throughout the year, the other half like to do one or two events a year.
One third of our FMs particularly enjoy delivering workshops – a perfect opportunity to get crafty!
What do Festival Makers do?
An easier question might be, What don’t they do?! Here are some of the tasks that our volunteers can get involved with at our events: craft workshops, stewarding events, setting up and packing down events, event management assistance, driving, putting up posters, supporting performers, prepping and serving food and drinks, engaging with audiences, behind the scenes preparations, and plenty more besides. Outside of our key events, there’s kit sorting, theme planning and general organising. The choice is yours!
DOCA holds regular socials for the Festival Makers together with the Staff and Trustees, to strengthen friendships, share ideas and hear more about upcoming events.
If there’s a particular way you think you would like to help us out…Drop us a line
Why become a Festival Maker?
Here are some of the reasons people join the DOCA Festival Maker Team:
• To make new friends
• They love events and want to be a part of them
• To learn new skills, which can be added to their CV
• Because they enjoy the feeling of contributing to the community
• To support our traditional Devizes events
• Help our town flourish
“I moved to Devizes and didn’t know anyone, I decided to volunteer with DOCA to get to know people and get involved in my new town. I’m so glad I did. I’ve had some incredible experiences and learnt new skills. DOCA is a great family to be part of.” Michelle Topps
“I love being a DOCA Festival Maker. It is simply great fun and very social. It can be hard work, but working in a team and helping make something wonderful happen for Devizes makes it all very doable and enjoyable.” Keith Brindle