PsyCare UK attracts a diverse group of volunteers. These range from substance misuse workers to doctors, students to neuroscientists, nurses to those with prior experience of festivals and the party scene. What unites all our volunteers, however, is a caring and compassionate approach to the needs of all the attendees of a festival. All our highly knowledgeable and empathetic volunteers work on a person-led approach to anyone requiring support. We are a community who believe in looking out and caring for others, and this considerate approach is reflected in the high quality of welfare and harm reduction services we offer.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, then please consider submitting an application form (below). Although skills such as first aid, medical training and counselling qualifications are appreciated, please be aware that not possessing these isn’t a barrier to application. Many of our best volunteers have no formal qualifications related to welfare. The main skills we look for in all potential applicants are the ability to care for other people in a non-judgemental and compassionate way, and an understanding of the nature of the psychedelic experience.
Why volunteer with PsyCare UK?
- Receive training in psychedelic support, welfare and harm reduction
- Gain valuable and unique experience (which is likely to be useful for those wishing to pursue a career in psychedelic therapy)
- Become part of the wider psychedelic community/movement
- Help to promote safer and more responsible drug use
- Help to promote sensible drug policies that respect human rights
- An opportunity to meet and network with other like-minded people
- Use your empathy, compassion and love to help others
- Give something back to the party scene
- If selected you will receive full crew ticket for the event
There are a number of stages to the application process.
Stage 1 – Register to volunteer
Complete the registration form. This will enter your details into our volunteer database.
Stage 2 – Complete the application form
To complete your application you will need to fill in an application form and obtain a reference. Links to the necessary forms will be provided when you register or they can be found here: Application Form; Reference Form.
Stage 3 – Attend volunteer training
Volunteer training will be held in Bristol on 27th April between 11am and 7pm. We may offer a second volunteer training later in the season, but can’t guarantee that this will happen.
Stage 4 – Register your availability for events
Once we know which events we will be doing we will ask all volunteers in the database to register their availability via a form on our website.
The form will enable you to select which events in the season you are available for.
You will be considered for each event that you have indicated availability for. We try to give all suitable applicants an opportunity, but we cannot guarantee this due to the number of applications we receive and the factors that we need to take into account when putting teams together.
You will increase your chances of being selected for at least one event if you are able to be available for a number of events. However, most new volunteers will not be selected for more than one event in the season.
Some festivals, such as Noisily, are very popular. Therefore if you indicate that you are available for Noisily only, your chances of being selected are low. If you select numerous events and/or choose less popular events, like Illusive or any 1-day events, your chances of being selected will be much higher. Please contact us for further info about the popularity of the events that you are considering.
There are often last minute drop-outs, when this happens we will contact those who indicated availability but were not selected. If you are able to join the team at short notice in these circumstances it is likely that you will be called upon.
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