Everyone who works on Glasgow in 2024 is a volunteer, no matter what their role. Worldcons are events run by fans for fans. By August 2024, when we – hopefully! – begin the convention, hundreds of different volunteers will be working to create an event that will be enjoyed by thousands of people.
At this point, in the early stages of our bid, the team is much smaller, but we still need help. We need your help.
Volunteering for a bid or convention is a rewarding experience. It’s a chance to work on a large project, make new friends, and learn new skills. Conventions like Worldcon are community events, and if you’re new to the community, volunteering is a great way to meet other fans from around the world.
Volunteering is also a way to keep in closer touch with the bid: we will be sending out regular volunteer newsletters with the latest updates and ways to help. There will be rewards, too, tokens of appreciation for the work that volunteers are doing.
What kind of help is needed?
At this stage, much of our work is about promoting the bid, raising awareness of its existence and the many great reasons to hold Worldcon in Glasgow. If you’re attending a convention – whether it’s in person or virtual, anywhere in the world – you could help at parties or by staffing a Glasgow table and chatting to people about the bid and answering any questions. But there are other ways to help, too – distributing promotional materials, assisting with social media, as well as behind-the-scenes planning and administration as we establish the groundwork for our hoped-for convention.
Some of the work requires specialist skills such as IT, or financial or legal expertise. Most of it simply requires a willingness to lend a hand. Whether you’ve volunteered for conventions before, or this is your first time, there will be some way for you to contribute.
How much time does it take?
The time commitment for most of the current volunteer roles is low: a couple of hours here and there. Over the next couple of years, there will be more roles with a higher commitment, but you will always be able to choose what kind of task you want to do, what kind of task would best fit around your existing commitments, and how much time you can devote to it.
Joining the bid team now doesn’t mean that you have to continue through to 2024: you can always change your role or stop at any time. But if you do stay, you will be able to help the project grow, and perhaps develop your role in it, too.
Our approach to volunteering
We hope to build a team of volunteers with diverse backgrounds and skills, each making their own contribution to the bid. Our goal is that every volunteer should feel welcome and happy in their role, know the work they do is valued, and that they are supported by their team leaders. The bid’s Code of Conduct reflects the positive ethos of all that we are doing, and is there for everyone throughout their time on the team.
Our volunteer co-ordinators, Shana and Paul, will be working hard to support all volunteers, and you can contact them at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very conscious that our volunteers’ unpaid work is an extraordinarily generous gift, without which there would be no Worldcon. The more fans who can give some time to this project, the more the convention can achieve without too much being required of anyone.
How do I sign up?
The first step is to let us know that you’re interested in volunteering, so we can add you to our list and keep in touch with you. We are working on a sign-up form that will let you tell us about yourself, your skills and interests, and what kind of work you might like to do. We will also create a listing of volunteering opportunities, so that you can see what options are currently available. Both of these should be available later in 2020. In the meantime, if you would like to volunteer, please e-mail us at email@example.com. Join us!