Glasgow Film Volunteering


Volunteering FAQs

There are a range of diverse roles on offer for volunteers at Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) and Glasgow Film Festival (GFF). Volunteers make a vital contribution to GFT and GFF, bringing new skills and perspectives, and undertaking activities that would not otherwise be carried out.

What do volunteers do?

  • front of house duties including ushering/stewarding
  • assisting with educational activities
  • helping with marketing and publicity tasks (research, data collection, mailouts)
  • researching film and education programmes
  • evaluating projects
  • assisting with events

How much time do I have to commit to?

This depends on the opportunity, but could range from as little as 3 hours a week covering ushering duties for our weekly family film, five hours every fortnight (one shift), a couple of days a week to full time for the film festival.

Can I get my expenses paid?

Unfortunately we are not able to pay any expenses. However, we are able to offer free GFT cinema tickets to volunteers.

I’m working full-time, can I still volunteer?

Yes. GFT is open to the public 7 days a week from 12 noon to 10.30pm, so there are plenty of opportunities to work with us.

Will I get training?

Volunteers will get the training they need to carry out their role. This will usually be in-house and be delivered by the volunteer’s mentor or line-manager.

Do I need qualifications?

We match volunteers to roles using three criteria:

  • Skills and experience
  • Interests
  • Suitability for the role

Just as important are enthusiasm and reliability.

Can I claim benefits while volunteering?

You can claim benefits while volunteering, but talk to the staff at your local job centre first.

Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Volunteers are recruited without regard to gender, disability, age or race in conjunction with GFT’s equal opportunities policy (employment).