Volunteer with The Loop
As a not for profit organisation The Loop relies on the support of trusted volunteers to help run our services. We are always looking for enthusiastic, energetic and committed volunteers who want to join our rapidly expanding festival team.
MAST Harm Reduction/ Brief Intervention Volunteers
Working under supervision harm reduction volunteers play a vital role in our forensic testing service to the general public. Their role is to feed back forensic test results of drug samples submitted by the public and to offer accurate, non judgemental harm reduction advice to those receiving sample results as part of a personalised brief intervention package.
MAST Harm Reduction volunteers have the following desirable qualities:
Excellent working knowledge of club drugs and new psychoactive substances.
2+ years' experience as a qualified medical doctor, nurse or social worker, including 2+ years' experience of carrying a clinical caseload.
2+ years' experience as a substance misuse practitioner, including 2+ years' experience of carrying a caseload within a drugs or alcohol service including feeding back test results to drug users as part of day to day work.
Mandatory: Completed or due to complete this summer an undergraduate degree in chemistry, pharmacology or related science subject. Alternatively, 5 years relevant industry/research experience in analytical chemistry, upon consideration.
Preferred: PhD in chemistry/related subject; industry/research experience; interest/experience in drug policy/ drugs research/ harm reduction.
Mandatory: Completed or due to complete this summer an undergraduate degree in social sciences. // Preferred: interest/ experience in drug policy/ drugs research/ harm reduction.
Working under supervision volunteers assist in providing welfare support to festival customers for reasons such as intoxication and illness through drink and drugs, emotional distress and practical support (lost friends, phones and belongings, etc).
Priority is given to applicants with experience of providing support to vulnerable people especially in the field of drug and alcohol use. Often there is a high demand for these positions - we will invite you to training as spaces allow on a first-come first-served basis.
You will be a hardworking and reliable person who is able to look after party goers who may have partied too hard in a calm, compassionate and non judgemental way. Volunteering opportunities at: Parklife festival, the Warehouse Project and Albert Hall in Manchester, and Fabric in London. Testers & HR Workers can also choose to be in the Welfare teams.
Michelle | Loop Festival Welfare Volunteer
"I absolutely loved volunteering, i was knackered by Sunday but felt so proud to be a part of such an amazing team.
Excited to see the stats, but I don't think you can quantify the amazing work that was done by everyone. I was blown away by everyone's empathy, compassion and quick wittedness at times... not to mention patience!
So proud to know you all and to be a part of The Loop! Looking forward to meeting you all again soon."