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.

 

Roles


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.

Eligible qualifications: 

Qualified medical doctor or nurse with knowledge of and commitment to drugs harm reduction.

Pharmacists, social workers, probation officers and substance misuse practitioners with 2+ years employment experience, knowledge of and commitment to drugs harm reduction.


Lab Volunteers

Mandatory: Completed or due to complete this summer an undergraduate degree in chemistry or related science. 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.

We currently have a full complement of Lab Volunteers for the 2018 season. Those who have volunteered directly with other international drug checking organisations should get in touch using the "contact-us" page.


Research Assistant

Mandatory: Completed or due to complete this summer an undergraduate degree in social sciences. // Preferred: interest/ experience in drug policy/ drugs research/ harm reduction.

After our three Easter training days we now have research staff in place for summer 2018. You are very welcome to apply for our next training which will be in autumn time ahead of the Christmas party season. Thank you for your interest in the Loop.


 Jeff Smith MP, co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform, thanking volunteers for attending a Loop training day, Manchester Albert Hall 2018. Photo Credit: Gary Brown

Jeff Smith MP, co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform, thanking volunteers for attending a Loop training day, Manchester Albert Hall 2018. Photo Credit: Gary Brown

Welfare Volunteers

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.

I have different skills I would like to offer

Although The Loop is a small organisation, we still need a diverse range of skills to complete day-to-day tasks. We don't always know what shape these requirements will take and even when we do it can be hard to know how to best delegate it out. 

If you'd like to help and have a different skill to the above, please leave your details here and we'll get in touch if we can find a way for you to help.

Currently we are also looking for donations of:

  • A camera which is suited for close-up images
  • Usable and nearly-usable laptops
  • A flatscreen television over 30" diameter
  • A (semi-)mobile television stand
  • Finance for new city-based operations
 

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."