DanceWize NSW is NUAA’s latest harm reduction outreach program. DanceWize NSW utilises peer education to reduce drug-and-alcohol-related harm at NSW dance parties and festivals. Our staff and volunteers attend events in order to: host a chill-out space; discuss safer drug use with peers and disseminate health resources.
Volunteering for DanceWize NSW
NUAA is looking for people who are interested in joining our volunteer DanceWize NSW team providing harm reduction education and support at music festivals in NSW. DanceWize NSW volunteer’s role is to assist in running DanceWize NSW’s Care Space and to provide party goers with up-to-date harm reduction information and to rove around the event assisting and directing party goers.
By joining our team, a volunteer commits to the following:
- 5 hour induction training session
- Full day First Aid training course (funded by us) or a 3 hour CPR Refresher
- 6-8 hour shift at one-day festivals
- Usually 16-18 hours of work at a multi-day festival like Dragon Dreaming/Subsonic etc.
- Monthly meetings at our office to discuss project updates, event briefing and debriefing and training (occasionally more frequent in busy periods)
- A volunteer deposit of $150 for a festival ticket – refunded after the festival
In return, DanceWize NSW commits to the following, on behalf of our team:
- A complimentary festival ticket for the festivals you are working at
- Provide all volunteers with training in First Aid, Sexual Assault Response, Overdose Response, Psycho-pharmacology, Blood Borne Viruses, Trip Sitting, and Relevant Legal Information
- Time off to enjoy the festivals you are attending
- Team bonding activities to learn and enjoy each other’s company outside festival life
- Ongoing drug and alcohol education
- Induction into a tight-knit team of colourful people, the DanceWize NSW family!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to attend every festival?
No. We understand the pressures of every day life, particularly with families, study or full-time work, so we only ask that you commit to as many as is realistic (4-6 per year if possible). However, it is a current requirement for new recruits to work at an event over the New Year period (Lost Paradise or NYE in the Park).
Can I join if I live outside Sydney?
Yes! We have team members in the Northern Rivers Region, Newcastle, Nowra, Canberra, and the Central Coast. It’s important to note that while we do not operate within the ACT, we have a small team of KPEs based in Canberra who attend festivals in regional NSW and Sydney. We arrange online training opportunities and briefings for those remotely located KPEs via our Facebook group. We also understand that those who live in Byron Bay for example, may not be able to commit to a festival near Queanbeyan, given the long distance.
Do I need to work in the AOD industry already?
No. We have KPEs who work in health services, education, hospitality, rurally, as full-time mothers, students, and more. Diversity is key.
Do I need to have my own transport?
No. We attend rural/regional events as well as Sydney-based events, and we have a strong culture of carpooling among our volunteers. Around half of our team drive, so we are sure you’ll find a lift. This is your responsibility to organise though – we cannot organise this for you.
Do I need a Working with Children Check?
Yes. This is free for volunteers and you’ll be required to get one before your first festival attendance with us.
If you are interested in volunteering for DanceWize NSW please complete the application form via the below link (you will need to register on MyVolunteerPage.com before completing your application).
Our recruitment and induction process can take some time, due to the volume of applications we receive and other demands on our time, but we will get back to you! Please be patient.
Applications close 9am Monday 24 September.