Want to get involved in making The Summer House Weekend happen? Something a bit more than simply turning up and enjoying yourself? The Summer House Weekend is a small event, mainly staffed by paid crew supplemented by a few volunteers. There are a few avenues for people wishing to contribute. In all cases, if you have something to offer but you're worried that getting involved may be difficult due to income or disability, please get in touch with us directly and we'll see what we can do.
Volunteer DURING THE WEEKEND ITSELF
(New volunteers welcomed)
Our priority volunteering slots are during the weekend itself — from Weds 29 August to Sunday 2 Sep inclusive. We ask for 16 hours, usually split four hours per day. The kinds of roles involve include gate/ car-park stewarding & greeting; reception / check-in / helping people learn what's on; assisting with the kitchen / food; helping keep the house / garden tidy; and a variety of technical & arty roles. For each shift we give you a voucher for a snack at one of the food trucks, and when you've completed all your shifts we refund 100% of the volunteer ticket price (within 28 days of the event end). To get involved book one of the volunteer tickets and fill out the form. This is by far the simplest route and guarantees you a volunteer place. Please note that if you can't attend the event and do all your shifts, the standard refund policy applies. As with all other guests, you'll need a PAL (ie a friend at the event who you know and trust.)
Volunteer FOR SETUP & TAKEDOWN
(Previous volunteers preferred)
Volunteer YOUR WORKSHOP(s) & TALK(s)
Volunteer YOUR CREATIVITY, ART OR PERFORMANCE
VOLUNTEER WITH THE WELLBEING TEAM
RUN A FOOD TRUCK / STALL OR OFFER TREATMENTS / MASSAGE etc
If you've volunteered for set-up and takedown at The Summer House previously, or if you've volunteered at least twice at The Summer House in any capacity, we may consider you for our setup & takedown volunteer team. There's a lot of demand for these roles, not just because there's a lot of solidarity & meeting fun people amidst the hard work, but also because you get the Weekend itself off. At a minimum you must be available to work Mon 27 Aug to Weds 29 Aug inclusive and all of Sun 2 Sep. Setup & takedown volunteers eat crew food throughout the event and pay nothing for their ticket — but we will mainly be selecting previous volunteers. If that sounds like you, fill out our setup & takedown volunteer form.
Do you have a fascinating new perspective to offer our community? Do you have ideas on how to help Summer Housers connect with one another, explore intimacy, learn new things or simply have fun? If so, fill out our workshops & talks form (first deadline Mon 30 Apr.)
Workshops and talks tend to be broken into 45 and 90 min chunks, and can be on anything at all from skepticism and science to sexuality and spirituality, taking in kink, tantra, feminism, queer culture, alternative relationships and more along the way. We invite applications for workshops & talks from everyone, whether you're an experienced presenter or a newcomer. If your contribution is particularly popular we might ask you to become part of our main offering in future years - as happened with Liquid Love. We welcome applicants of all gender expressions, sexual orientations, body types, disabilities, ethnic & racial backgrounds, socio-economic backgrounds and ages (over 18). Generally we exchange workshop & talk contributions for discounted tickets, with three contributions adding up to a free ticket. We don't by default offer free food or expenses, but please let us know if you have access requirements or other costs that we'd need to cover to get you in. Fill out the form here.
Do you make music? DJ? Perform? Do circus or fire? Take photos & video? Do you have some sort of interactive art experience or walkabout character up your sleeve? If so please fill out our creativity volunteer form and let us know what you can offer. Depending on how much you offer / contribute / participate we offer discounts on tickets up to free tickets. We don't be default offer free food or expenses, but please let us know if you have access requirements or other costs that we'd need to cover to get you in. Fill out the form here.
The Wellbeing Team is an independent, volunteer-run group who offer their time to anyone who's having a hard time, or is in need of a friendly ear, at The Summer House Weekend. You don't need to have any kind of counselling experience to join the Wellbeing Team and they're actively on the lookout for people from a range of backgrounds . It can be emotionally challenging work but also rewarding. Wellbeing Team members get free tickets & free food on the days they're working. Read more or contact the Wellbeing Team to apply.
Occasionally we get approaches from people who run stalls or make & sell their own stuff or provide services, whether it be massages / holistic treatments, food trucks and so on. If you have a service, craft or food/drink to offer, please fill out this form with as much info as possible on your offering, including imagery, listings of your services/ menus/ prices plus the hours you're available to be open to our guests. If we feel that your offering is appropriate to our guests we usually ask for a cut of any money you generate, which then goes back into the event.