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Volunteer Information

Volunteer requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or over.
  • Be able to work effectively within a team environment.
  • Deal with the public in a polite and helpful way.
  • Act and behave with maturity, honesty and reliability.
  • Be (and remain) of good health and state and able to work on your feet carrying out basic manual tasks for much of the day. In particular, being intoxicated means you will be unable to carry out your activities.
  • Maintain good standards in all of your activities.
  • Inform us immediately if you become ill or injured.

Working requirements:

  • Shift patterns differ from role to role. Actual individual volunteer requirements will be assigned to you, and this is what you must complete.
  • Carry out your assigned activities.
  • Arrive at RIAT during the time window stated and follow directions given to access the site correctly.
  • Check-in at Staff Reception upon your arrival. If you are due to arrive outside of the advertised opening times then you must let us know in advance.
  • Carry photographic id with you at all times.
  • Only attempt to access areas that you have the correct security passes for.
  • Wear closed toe shoes whilst carrying out your activities as a volunteer, i.e. no sandals, flip flops, bare feet, etc.
  • Wear sensible and appropriate clothing for your shift, i.e. no fancy dress etc.

Accommodation

If required, we can provide you with basic accommodation for the duration of your volunteering activities.

You may be accommodated:

  • In rooms in accommodation blocks on a shared basis.
  • With volunteers from other teams.
  • In accommodation blocks with communal bathrooms.
  • In temporary accommodation units brought in especially for RIAT.
  • Off site with other accommodation providers.
  • On the Staff Campsite if requested.

Staff Campsite:

Pitches on the staff campsite must be booked in advance during the online registration process. Electric hook-up can be requested but is not always guaranteed.

NOTE: Personnel wishing to stay on the staff campsite, who require an electrical supply for their own medical equipment will unfortunately, be unable to book a pitch as electrical supply is not guaranteed and can be subject to interruption.

Food

You will be provided with three meals a day for the duration of your volunteer activities.

We do cater for different dietary requirements. Please let the catering staff in the diner know when you go for your meals in order for them to accommodate your needs.

In the evenings there will be a catering outlet available for volunteers on the accommodation site where you can purchase extra snacks and drinks. 

What to bring

  • Camping equipment if staying on the staff campsite.
  • Suitable attire for all weather conditions: waterproofs, sturdy footwear, hat, sun block, etc.
  • Photo ID.
  • Driving licence if your role involves driving a RIAT vehicle.
  • Sufficient money. 
  • Sleeping bag, pillow(s) and/or bedding (if staying in accommodation blocks or staff campsite). E.g. sheets and blankets

What not to bring

  • Any items of significant value.
  • Pets/animals.
  • Illegal substances.

Getting to and from the Air Tattoo

Car Sharing

We are pleased to be able to offer you access to a Car Sharing Service - GoCarShare, to help you all find transport to the Air Tattoo this year. 

GoCarShare link drivers with passengers meaning everyone can get where they need to go whilst sharing time and cost whilst doing your bit for the environment. 

It's all linked with Facebook so you can find your friends and/or like-minded people to travel with. 

We have a page exclusively for volunteers, please visit RIAT Volunteers Car Sharing to log your journey and find a match. Please note this is a service provided through GoCarShare, not by us, and you should read and understand GoCarShare's terms relating to the service as they will be binding upon you.

Travelling by train

If you are travelling by train then you can arrange to be collected from either Swindon or Kemble train stations during the online registration process.

Using public transport is a great way to get to and from the Air Tattoo whilst doing your bit for the environment too. Here are some useful links to transport providers:

www.thetrainline.com

www.nationalexpress.com

uk.megabus.com

www.gwr.com

www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk

Travelling by car

Whilst we do encourage our volunteers to either use public transport or car share we are aware that this is not always possible. A staff car park is available to all volunteers, however, please be aware that it is a 10 minute walk from the accommodation.

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