'Bristol Noise' Questions
Will the Noise weekend run as normal in May?
The Noise has joined with Hope Bristol 2018 for this week. So, no, the May weekend will not run during the May Bank Holiday weekend. However, The Noise will be back in its normal slot in 2019!
Do I need to register to be a volunteer?
Yes please! We need you to register by filling out a paper form or online – this is for insurance purposes. We also need you to know what you’re signing up for, so have a read of our 'Volunteer Declaration'.
It’s a bit of a headache allocating hundreds of volunteers to different projects and events all over Bristol, so it really helps us if you get registered early.
What are the age restrictions for Noise volunteers?
We love to encourage people of all ages to get involved in Hope Bristol 2018!
Volunteers can register as a Family Team (Primary School age and above), you just need to make sure you meet the adult/child ratio, have parental consent (where applicable) and have read the specific volunteer declarations.
If you are between 12-18 years old, you might want to sign up to be a ‘delegate’ – this gives you access to the Soul Survivor meetings, dinner and activities at the hubs and transport across Bristol. Book with your youth group at www.soulsurvivor.com/book
Individual volunteers under 18 must have parental consent and be supervised by a designated adult.
There is no upper age limit for individual volunteers!
Why do I have to pay to be a volunteer?
The Noise is a registered charity. We do not make a profit from what we do! The registration fee goes towards making the projects and events of the weekend happen. That might be covering the cost of your t-shirt, paying for a bit of a bouncy castle, buying a roast potato or two for a senior citizens lunch, or hiring a bit of one of the trucks that takes away all the rubbish. We make sure it goes to good use and helps fulfil the vision of The Noise which is to ‘show God’s love in practical ways.’ If you are interested in contributing to the long-term vision of The Noise please go to our ‘Financial Support’ page.
Can I go to the Soul Survivor celebrations?
No, the Soul Survivor celebrations are for the ticket buying youth delegates only. However, there will be daily celebrations at your registration points. There will also be a big celebration open to all on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the week. That will be starting at 16:00 at Woodlands Church.
Do I have to do all four days?
No, it’s totally up to you how many days you volunteer for, just check the appropriate boxes on the registration form.
Can I change which day(s) I do?
Yes, you can. If you need to make a change after you’ve registered just let The Noise office know as soon as possible.
Can I volunteer with my friends?
Definitely! We love to see people volunteering together with their friends, work colleagues, pastorate/small groups. You can register up to 10 people together online, or each person can sign up individually. Just make sure you put the name of your group in the designated box on the registration form, and we’ll put you all on a project together.
Can I choose what area I work in and what I’m doing?
Hope Bristol is a great opportunity to volunteer in the community you live in or where your church is based, but it’s an equally great opportunity to get involved in a different part of our city. If you have a specific preference make a note of it on your registration form – we do our best to accommodate requests, but we also need to take into consideration volunteer numbers and needs in each community.
What do I need to wear?
It’s a good idea to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. We’d also recommend that you wear closed/sturdy shoes (not flip flops!). If you already have a Noise t-shirt please wear that, or else pick one up at the registration venue on the weekend itself.
Is there anything I need to bring with me?
Be prepared for the weather, so bring waterproofs and/or sunscreen. You may want to bring a change of clothes. Also bring your own lunch/snacks to eat during the day, and something to drink – or money to buy some.
I don’t have transport, is that a problem?
Hopefully not. Hope Bristol 2018 does now cover a huge area, so you may well require transport to get between venues/projects. This year, we will focus on one part of the city on each day (North on Wednesday, South on Thursday, Central/East on Friday, and a mix on Saturday), so you shouldn’t have to travel too far. If you don’t have transport there are usually other lovely volunteers who are willing to offer lifts. If you have any concerns, do get in touch.
What if it rains?
You may get a little bit wet! Hope Bristol 2018 will keep on going whatever the weather. There are some outdoor projects that we may need to cancel/re-arrange, but most things can happen in the rain. We will assess things on a day to day basis over the weekend and follow our health and safety policies. But don’t let a bit of rain put you off!
Are there more opportunities to do community projects at other times of the year?
Yes. We work and partner with lots of different organisations all over Bristol who are doing Noise-type projects and ongoing amazing work in our city. Please contact the Noise Office and we can let you know of these organisations or visit bristolnetworks.org.uk.
We often have one off requests for help from people/organisations in different communities throughout the year. If you are interested in being on a database of people that we can call on in these situations, please contact The Noise Office.
Youth Group Questions
When do I need to book by?
The deadline for booking on is the 31st January – book on now at www.soulsurvivor.com/book
What is the difference between the Bristol Resident Ticket (£30) and the General Ticket (£60)
The General Ticket will get you access to all the Soul Survivor meetings, everything you need for the afternoon projects and events, three meals a day, accommodation and transport around Bristol.
The Bristol Resident Ticket will get you everything listed above except for accommodation and breakfast, lunch. So, you will meet at an allocated ‘hub’ in the morning and will stay with that hub until after the fun activities in the evening. You will have to leave the hub by 22:00 and return home to sleep.
Where is the General Ticket accommodation?
You will stay in our the four ‘hubs’ located across the city – Oasis John Williams Academy, Fishponds Baptist Church, Woodlands Church, St Michaels Stoke Gifford. Here there will be a team of ‘hub hosts’ who will cook the food, make sure you have everything you need and bring the fun and games too.
There will be separate rooms for boys, girls, male leaders and female leaders. You just need to bring bedding that you would take camping – think of it as Soul Survivor in a school hall!
How many youth leaders does my youth group need?
We ask for a ratio of 1:6 youth leaders to young people. This could include 18 year olds or parents of young people.
Church Leaders Questions
How do I run an event in conjunction with Hope Bristol 2018?
Just head to www.hopebristol.org/proposal and tell us what you would like to do. If you need a team of young people to join you to run your event, we’ll be in touch to make it happen. We can also help with publicity and offer some advice on how to make your event a success.
You need to ensure that everyone involved in running an event or project registers as a volunteer at www.thenoise.org.uk/volunteers - you’ll get a t-shirt though!
When can I run and event or project?
Teams of young people will be available to help you from 12:30 to 17:30 on Wednesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 17:30 on Friday, and 10:00-15:00 on Saturday. You can run an event without a youth team joining you at any point, but if you want a team to join you, make sure you run it in these slots!
Does it matter which day(s) I run an event on?
No, we want to help you run an event on whichever day works best for you. However, the Noise Community Projects will be taking place in the North of Bristol on Wednesday 3rd, in the South on Thursday, and Central/West on Friday. So, if you don’t mind which day you run an event on, it could be a good idea to go for the corresponding day to your area.