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Volunteer FAQs

Is there an age limit to volunteer at RIAT

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All of our volunteers need to be over 18 years of age. There is no maximum age limit, although volunteers need to be reasonably fit.

What if I don't drive and can't get to Fairford?

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This isn't a problem at all, the nearest bus and train station is in Swindon and we can arrange to collect/return you to the station. Volunteers must notify their Team Manager in advance to arrange.

Is accommodation provided?

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We can provide accommodation free of charge for those volunteers who do not live locally. We also offer a staff campsite with no charge, which is a popular choice.

What is the accommodation like?

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Volunteer accommodation is very basic and all rooms will be on a shared basis with up to 4 people to a room. We provide the beds but you will need to bring, a single sheet, sleeping bag/duvet and a pillow. You can however choose to bring your own tent or caravan and book a place on our staff campsite should you not wish to stay in our rooms.

Do I have to share a room?

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Unfortunately due to a shortage in accommodation, volunteers will need to share on the basis of up to four to a room maximum.

Are there washroom facilities in the accommodation?

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Yes washroom facilities are available in all accommodation blocks and the staff campsite on a single sex shared basis.

Are there other types of accommodation available?

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We have a staff campsite that volunteers can book to stay in your own tent, caravan or motorhome. (Not provided!)

Is there a charge for accommodation?

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Our accommodation is free of charge to our volunteers.

What will I need to bring?

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You will need to bring a sleeping bag/duvet and pillow as we are unable to provide bedding and any other home comforts you may need!

How do I get from the accommodation site to my workplace?

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Shuttle buses will be in operation to transport volunteers to and from their workplace on the showground.

Are meals provided?

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We provide three meals a day for all of our volunteers.

Do you cater for people with dietary requirements?

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We can cater for all dietary requirements if we are given notice. This should be provided at Registration

Do I get a uniform?

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Dependant on your role volunteers may be given a team specific polo shirt to wear whilst working at RIAT.

What are the working hours?

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The hours that we work can be long and varied but all part of the RIAT spirit!! Please get in touch with your team manager or supervisor to discuss the timings.

Where can I park?

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We have a staff car park where all our volunteers need to park their vehicles it is signposted from Team Reception.

Where do I go when I arrive?

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All volunteers must report to Team Reception on arrival to obtain their security passes and accommodation details.

When is Team Reception open?

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All volunteers will be sent a staff arrival brief approximately six weeks before the show that contains all the information including the opening times.

What do I do once I have been to Team Reception?

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Once you have completed your arrival, please drop off your belongings to your accommodation on Site 14 and then get in touch with your Team Contact to find out what to do next.

What is there to do in the evenings?

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In the evening there is the Village Pub located on Site 14, where volunteers are able to purchase alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks. Food and snacks are also available.

What if the weather is poor?

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After RIAT was cancelled due to heavy rain in 2008 provisions have since been made where this will not happen again.

If the weather is hot, do you provide sun cream?

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It is the responsibility of each volunteer to ensure that they bring adequate sun protection with them to RIAT.

Where can I find further information and guidance?

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On arrival at Team Reception, volunteers are given a team handbook which contains a lot of very useful information to help you while you are with us.

Can I bring my mobile phone/camera?

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Yes you can bring whatever you need to help you with your stay with us although the RAFCTE does not accept any responsibility for any lost/stolen personal items that volunteers may bring. It is highly recommended that volunteers bring a lockable case to store away anything they need to.

What if I become unwell whilst at RIAT?

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We have a dedicated Medical Centre run by volunteer trained medical staff at RIAT where you can seek medical help should it be necessary.

How do I secure my valuables whilst at RIAT?

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It is highly recommended that volunteers bring a lockable case to store away anything they need to whilst at RIAT. RAFCTE does not accept any responsibility for any lost/stolen personal items that volunteers may bring.

How do I submit expenses claims?

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In the first instance please submit any claims to your Volunteer Manager.

Is there a volunteer Facebook page?

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We have an Official Volunteer Facebook page where you can see what other volunteers do, see the latest news and ask questions. You will be able to join the group page as soon as your volunteer application has been approved.

Who are we raising money for?

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Since the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust was established in 2005, it has been gifted over £5 million by its trading company, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises. Full details about our mission to Promote, Support, Encourage and where the money goes can be found here.

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