Volunteering for CAMRA

There are many ways you can assist CAMRA – for example, you could work at one of our many beer festivals. There are dozens of varied roles: serving the beer is the obvious job, but there are many others: from van or fork-lift driving to building (and demolishing) bars to glass washing to social media to counting money. Whoever you are, there are jobs which suit your talents – jobs you will enjoy and jobs which are useful for your CV.

Upcoming beer festivals include both Magna (Rotherham) and Burton-on -Trent. In August, the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) at Olympia (London) offers an opportunity to take part in one of the key beer festivals worldwide.  Accommodation and a coach back at the end of each evening are provided for volunteers.

Burton might be fifty miles away but it’s on a direct train line from Sheffield; a Derbyshire Wayfarer ticket costs £12.60 (£6.30 for over 60’s). An excellent beer festival takes place at the Town Hall: you could volunteer for part of the day, enjoy your beer and then return northwards.

Locally, next October, the 44th annual Steel City Beer Festival will need many hours of volunteer time. The online staffing form will be available around August – we look forward to welcoming many of you as an integral part of the making of this festival, the highlight of the Sheffield beer calendar.

On a day-to-day basis, volunteering opportunities include the continuous updating of WhatPub, liaising with local breweries, writing articles for Beer Matters and many more I have not mentioned!

There’s lots to do – just get involved!

Dave Pickersgill

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