Get Involved

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Be part of something bigger

Permaculture events are often a labour of love by many people working together to make something special happen.

The Convergence, although professionally produced by the Permaculture Association, relies no less on the support of its members and others in ensuring things run smoothly and that the event is a great success.

Offer a workshop - Be a stallholder - Join the volunteer crew
 

 

Offer a workshop at the National Permaculture Convergence 2020

Convergence workshopThe convergence has always been a 100% participatory event. All workshop and activity leaders are ticketholders.

We are always delighted to receive many applications for workshops, talks, outdoor and nature-based activities, and more. We will be opening applications for Convergence 2020 soon, keep an eye out here for updates.
 
We will soon be asking for your input in designing the convergence programme, so we can be sure that the event will meet your needs.

National Permaculture Convergence 2020 Stallholders

Have you got a permaculture business you want to promote at the Convergence? Do you have products to sell to members? Are you a charity or organisation looking to promote your services or projects? 
 
We'd love to welcome you to join our marketplace at the Convergence. We're looking for a diverse range of stalls from organisations and individuals with products and services likely to be of interest to our members. We can offer limited undercover space if needed or you can bring your own gazebo and other kit. If you are retailing, we ask that you pay a £25.00 fixed rate stall fee. If you are only promoting with leaflets or similar, you can use one of our shared tables and noticeboards. 
 
Stall applications will be available soon.

 

National Permaculture Convergence 2020 crew roles

Childrens' area volunteer at the national convergence 2014We'll soon be beginning recruitment for volunteers to help us in a number of roles:

  • Stewarding and parking 
  • Site setup and decor - arriving in advance to help us set up the site. Making signs. 
  • Technical support - audio-visual assistance
  • Media team - social media, video and other support
  • Facilitation - helping ensure the workshop programme runs smoothly
  • Cafe staff - cafe management including serving teas, coffees and cakes
  • Kitchen helpers - washing up, veg prep and more
  • Childrens' area

Most roles are in exchange for a ticket, including all meals. Free access to the camping site is provided; you need to bring your own tent, sleeping bag, mats and other materials that you might need. In some cases, dorm beds may be available, please let us know if this is something you're interested in.

We also ask that all ticketholders dig in where they see a gap appearing, something which inevitably happens from time to time!

All volunteers must be 18+. Volunteers can work and attend all days or a selection of them. 
 
Set-up team members must be available from Wednesday 9 September. Pack-down team members must be available on Sunday 13 September. Otherwise, arrival by 9am on the day you're helping is required in most cases.
 

Apply to be crew

Applications will be available here soon.

In the mean time please feel free to email us via events@permaculture.org.uk with any queries you might have.

 

Event Volunteering Policy

The Permaculture Association regularly makes use of volunteers for events. These work onsite helping with tasks ranging from stewarding to children’s activities to site build work. These positions tend to be informal and in exchange for an event ticket and meals. Recruitment normally occurs online via the use of Google Forms or similar. Flexibility is important and prior experience is normally a benefit. Usually, the work exchange is time-limited to a number of hours and in one location - the venue where the event will take place. Event volunteers will sometimes receive travel expenses and accommodation, though the latter is often just a camping pitch.

From time to time, event volunteers get involved in a longer-term capacity, forming part of a working group, for instance, or taking on a bespoke planning task such as volunteer management. Volunteers in these positions are usually required to have access to IT such as a laptop and conferencing software (Zoom). These volunteers will also be asked to use platforms such as Google Drive and Slack and commit to attend meetings. It is not usual for there to be expenses for conducting these tasks, though if mobile phone or transport costs are required, these will usually be reimbursed by prior agreement. Volunteers in these positions are usually chosen based on experience, knowledge or having particular skills to offer. 

Volunteers at events do not have a formal contract of any form but will often be asked to sign a volunteer agreement detailing the expectations of them including behavior. Event volunteers are covered under our Employers Liability Insurance when carrying out their role. All volunteers will be supervised by at least one named individual when carrying out their work, usually a Volunteer Coordinator. Other senior staff members are usually available onsite for reporting issues or other matters.