Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) is an annual national event run by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. CAMRA relies on volunteers to take on a huge range of essential roles, from serving on committees to working at beer festivals and lobbying politicians. It is estimated that some 7,000 CAMRA members around the country actively volunteer their time.
Here in Sheffield, there are many ways you can assist CAMRA. For example, we always need volunteers for the Steel City Beer & Festival, which this year takes place from 10-13 October. There are dozens of varied roles: serving the beer is the obvious job, but there are many others: van driving, building (and demolishing) bars, glass washing, selling tokens and counting money. There are opportunities for anybody, regardless of age, ability or experience. There’s sure to be something you can enjoy, plus it’s good for your CV!
On a day-to-day basis volunteering opportunities include supplying updates for WhatPub, scoring beers, becoming a Brewery Liaison Officer, distributing Beer Matters, and many others. If you’re interested, why not come along to the next branch or festival planning meeting to find out more?