Volunteer at DIY Space For London

We are currently seeking feedback from volunteers (including potential ones!).

 

DSFL is run by its members, working together cooperatively as volunteers. Here are five ways you can get involved:

1. Join A Collective

There’s LOADS of great stuff going on at DIY Space For London, which means we have LOADS of great collectives. Find out about all the different collectives, and how you can be part of them, below. Use their email addresses or the contact form below to get in touch.

2. Start Something New

Have an idea for something great we should be doing? Why not start a brand new collective? Email volunteer@diyspaceforlondon.org, or use the contact form below, and tell us your idea, and we’ll help you get started.

3. Volunteer At An Event

All of our gigs, film screenings, talks and other events are run by volunteers. Come and join the fun – no experience needed, we’ll train you. Read about the events volunteer roles below and then get in touch at volunteer@diyspaceforlondon.org, or use the contact form below.

4. Join The Discussion

We use the website Loomio to discuss things and make decisions. There is a Loomio group for each collective, and a cross-collective group where we discuss things that affect multiple collectives. Come and get involved in decision-making! Join the cross-collective Loomio group where you will find links to the other collectives’ Loomio groups.

5. Join Our Mailing Lists

Joining our mailing lists is a great way to keep up-to-date and find out about volunteering opportunities. We have a Monthly News Mailout, featuring upcoming events and more. Many of the collectives also have their own mailing lists, which they will use to let you know about volunteering opportunities. You can join our mailing lists using the form below.

Access

We want volunteering to be accessible for everyone, and will make reasonable adjustments for access needs to ensure that you can volunteer with us. You can find out more on our access page and we have a dedicated access group which you can contact here: access@diyspaceforlondon.org.

Expenses and Benefits

Volunteers can claim up to £6 travel expenses and get benefits such as free or discounted food and drinks. Get in touch to find out more about our travel expenses policy and our free food and drinks policy.

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Collectives and Groups

Jump to: AccessAccountability Working GroupBarCafeCommitteeCommunicationsCommunityEventsFilmFundraisingMaintenancePrintPractice RoomRadio ShowSIASound WorkersVolunteer Liaison

Access Group

We work to make DIY Space For London and all of its activities as accessible as possible. We are always looking for new people to join our collective – especially people who have access requirements themselves. No knowledge or experience is necessary.

Accountability Working Group

We help everyone involved in DIY Space For London to be accountable to each other. Accountability in this context means the things we all do to address violence, abuse or harm that happens within and around DIY Space For London, and to create a space that supports all members to be our best selves when interacting with each other.

We are especially looking for people with skills in mediation, de-escalation and training, and/or from marginalised communities. Due to the importance of confidentiality, and the sensitive issues we address, we think it’s important to meet anyone who wants to volunteer to ensure we are all on the same page.

The collective needs to be relatively small due to the confidential nature of the issues we address. Therefore, we are looking for volunteers who will continue to be active, even if only online, once they are involved.

Bar Collective

We run the bar, which is open during many of the events here.

Cafe Collective

We are setting up a cafe at DIY Space For London. Are you a vegan food/coffee lover? Do you have cooking skills to share or would like to learn some vegan baking tips? Are you enthusiastic in helping out to make sure everyone gets fed at our beloved space? If you are interested in volunteering, send us an email.

Committee

We are legally-required, elected members ensuring that DIY Space For London keeps to its founding values. The committee is elected each year at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). We start taking expressions of interest from people who’d like to be in the committee in the months running up to the AGM. Get in touch if you would like to find out more.

Communications Collective

We’re responsible for the website, email and social media.

Community Collective

We are responsible for engagement with local people, and we manage resident bookings of our office space.

Events Collective

We facilitate bookings and volunteers at events at DSFL. We also organise in-house benefit events and special one off events like the DSFL birthday weekend and new year’s eve. We are always looking for new people to join our collective. In particular, we need volunteers to check and facilitate event logistics in advance. No knowledge or experience is necessary.

Film Collective

The Film Collective provide audio-visual support for screenings taking place at DSFL. We intend to provide a range of workshops (sometimes with the help of the Sound Workers Collective!) in order to assist the Events Collective and others wishing to learn. We will also programme the occasional film ourselves, supplementing them with socio-political discussions and other performances.

Fundraising Collective

We fundraise for DIY Space For London – from large build and equipment applications, to programming funding. We also have a sub group for merchandise ideas. We need people to think of, apply for and manage funding opportunities. No knowledge or experience is necessary.

Maintenance Collective

We are responsible for health and safety, fire regulations, upkeep of the space, the yard and problem solving.

Practice Room Collective

We run a low-cost music practice and recording room within DIY Space For London.

Print Collective

We run a print studio within DIY Space For London, where we do print-related activities including screen printing, bookbinding, linocut printing and risograph printing. We also run regular workshops and skill-shares, and provide printing facilities for the rest of DIY Space For London.

Radio Show Collective

We run a one hour monthly radio show on NTS, focussing on music and content from events happening at the space.

SIA Group

Our licence requires us to have Security Industry Authority (SIA) qualified doorpeople at certain events. Rather than hiring people in, we have paid to send some of our members on SIA training, and they now volunteer at events. As well as fulfilling our legal obligations, these volunteers play an essential role in helping to make events safe and enjoyable for everyone.

If you are already SIA qualified and would like to volunteer as a doorperson at events, we would love to hear from you. Even if you can only do one event a month or less, this would be really helpful, as we only have a limited number of volunteers who can do this role.

We are gradually sending more people on SIA training, as the money to do so becomes available. If you are interested in being trained in the future, please get in touch. You will get the training for free, and as well as enabling you to volunteer as a doorperson at DIY Space, it could also enable you to do paid work at other venues.

Sound Workers Collective

We facilitate events by providing sound support and helping to set up the equipment. We also provide on-the-job training and skills sharing workshops to give those unfamiliar with sound engineering an opportunity to learn. We are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of all music equipment at the space.

We are always looking for more sound workers. No knowledge or experience is needed, as you will start by shadowing an experienced sound worker on a shift and they will show you how to do everything. You can shadow as many times as you like. We committed at our first meeting to actively doing work to make the collective as diverse as possible, particularly the gender balance but also more broadly. We’d like everyone who’s part of the collective to have read the accountability agreement and feel that they’re on board with this as a premise.

Volunteer Liaison Collective

We are a point of contact for volunteers. We are working to make it easier for people to get involved as volunteers at DIY Space For London and to improve their experiences once they do.

Events Volunteer Roles

We have regular gigs, film screenings and other events at DIY Space For London, and we need people to volunteer at them. You can sign up for a single shift, or even just part of a shift, and see how you find it before deciding if you want to do more. The events volunteer roles are explained below.  It doesn’t matter if you have no experience, as we will train you on your first shift. If you are interested in doing one of these roles at an event, have any questions, or would like to discuss the best way for you to get involved, get in touch at volunteer@diyspaceforlondon.org, or by using the contact form below.
Promoter Liaison (PL)
Working with the promoter (the person who is putting on the event) to help run the event. You will be the main DSFL volunteer to interact with the promoter on the night.
Events Support
Providing general support at the event, including working the membership desk, stewarding (if required) and helping to shut down at the end.
Additional Support
Helping to set up and close down the event and helping anyone who might require assistance. This is a good role if you want get a better idea of how events work.
Security Industry Authority Doorperson (SIA)
Being a doorperson at the event. You need to be an SIA-qualified doorperson. We are gradually training people up. If you’re interested, contact the Events Collective (booking@diyspaceforlondon.org).
Sound Worker
Facilitating the performers by providing sound support and helping to set up the equipment. Contact the Sound Workers Collective (soundworkers@diyspaceforlondon.org) to find out more and get involved.
Bar Worker
Helping to run the bar at the event. There are also Bar Lead and Bar Cashup roles, which you can train in once you have some experience volunteering behind the bar.

How To Get Involved

Contact Us

Use the form below to get in touch about volunteering. If you are interested in volunteering in a specific role, or getting involved with certain collectives or groups, then let us know in your message. If you are keen to get involved, but aren’t sure in what way, then let us know that and we’ll help you find a role. Also, tell us about any particular skills/experience you have that you might like to use, or any new skills that you would like to learn. You can also use this space to ask us any questions you have about volunteering.

Contact Form

You can also contact individual collectives and working groups directly using the email addresses listed below. If you are interested in volunteering with a particular collective or working group, get in touch with them. It doesn’t matter if you have no experience, or aren’t sure what you want to do, they would love to hear from you. If there’s no email address listed, then email volunteer@diyspaceforlondon.org and we’ll pass on your message.

Collective/Group Email Address
Access Group access@diyspaceforlondon.org
Accountability Working Group awg@diyspaceforlondon.org
Bar Collective bar@diyspaceforlondon.org
Cafe Collective cafe@diyspaceforlondon.org
Committee
Communications Collective hello@diyspaceforlondon.org
Community Collective community@diyspaceforlondon.org
Events Collective booking@diyspaceforlondon.org
Film Collective film@diyspaceforlondon.org
Fundraising Collective fundraising@diyspaceforlondon.org
Maintenance Collective maintenance@diyspaceforlondon.org
Practice Room Collective practicespace@diyspaceforlondon.org
Print Collective printcollective@diyspaceforlondon.org
Radio Show Collective radio@diyspaceforlondon.org
SIA Group
Sound Workers Collective soundworkers@diyspaceforlondon.org
Volunteer Liaison Collective volunteer@diyspaceforlondon.org

Join Our Mailing Lists

Joining our mailing lists is a great way to keep up-to-date with what’s happening at DIY Space For London and find out about volunteering opportunities. We have a Monthly News Mailout, featuring upcoming events and more. Many of the collectives also have their own mailing lists, which they will use to let you know about volunteering opportunities. Use the form below to add yourself to any of these lists:

Mailing List Sign-Up