Summer is here and for thousands of young people that means heading off to music festivals.
At several music festival events, teams of Festival Angel volunteers will be on hand to offer welfare and support to ensure that those attending have a safe and fun festival experience.
Festival Angels started life as a Prayer Cafe, run by local church communities, at Leeds Festival in 2011. The Prayer Cafe at Leeds is now one of the most popular spaces at the festival with a £5 mug deal giving festival-goers a souvenir mug and free tea, coffee and hot water refills for the duration of the event. The Leeds team also run the Lost Property and Left Luggage tent, with a success rate of around 60% items returned to owners. Detached teams, very much like Street Angels in town and city centres, offer support and welfare across the massive festival site.
The success at Leeds has meant that other coordinators wanted Festival Angels at their own festivals. This year Festival Angels will be at over 12 music festival events including Boardmasters, Leeds Festival, Eastern Electrics and, for the first time this year, Kendal Calling where teams will run campsite safe hubs.
Festival Angels will also include the trendy ‘Jesus Loves Festivals’ banner design which is a great conversation starter and ‘selfie with Jesus’ opportunity! The teams are also promoting ‘Jesus calls will you follow’ banner plane flypast that will pass over all the festival sites.
To find out more about the work of Festival Angels or to sign up as a volunteer check out festivalangels.org.uk or search Festival Angels on Facebook and Twitter.