Climate Fringe: a call for volunteers

  • 26 May 2021
  • Written by Nick Cullen
  • Blog

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland are seeking volunteers to help us prepare for COP26.

It is now less than half a year until COP26 and in these coming months we need to build the momentum for action and change in Scotland and beyond.  SCCS is a coalition of  civil society groups including environmental and development charities, community groups, trade unions and faith groups, who have been campaigning on climate for over a decade. With COP26 coming to Scotland we are preparing to host global civil society in Glasgow in November and we are also looking at how we can best support the vast array of activity taking place across wider civil society in these coming months.

SCCS’s work takes a Climate Justice approach, ensuring that the voices of those most affected by climate breakdown are heard, and this informs our work in our communications and website. The Climate Fringe aims to create a platform for the work of the whole climate movement in Scotland to share their activities, webinars, workshops, training and other events.


The Roles:

We are seeking volunteers to help support the following work:

  • Delivering The Climate Fringe – our online events hub, and related activities including webinars, podcasts, blogs and other content.
  • Supporting the COP26 Homestay Network – a platform to connect those with a spare rooms or sofa-bed within commuting distance of Glasgow with campaigners coming to COP.
  • Creating a network of bookable spaces throughout Glasgow for global civil society to use when they come to COP.

The volunteer roles that we are looking for are highly varied and we are looking for people who would be keen to take part in the following activities.

* online events volunteers

* volunteers to help create a network of people hosting activists during COP – this role will entail visiting people (outside their home due to covid rules), taking photos to illustrate the house and the host and explaining the network and how to sign up. This role will need people who love connecting with new people, but who also know how to take a really nice photo!

* volunteers to support our Glasgow venues booking system for international civil society (using Skedda) 



We know the value of being able to work together in person in a shared office, but due to the current situation the work will be delivered largely online from home. However, we hope to be able to meet in person regularly when it is possible within the covid guidelines, and we plan to work from 1 September in a shared office in the Kinning Park Complex, so we would particularly like volunteers who are based in Glasgow. For some of the more specialised roles we would be very happy to hear from people who are based remotely. When we cannot meet together in person we will have weekly team chats to collaborate and coordinate our work and catch up with each other’s news.

All the roles can be carried out entirely online if needed.


How much time?

We want these roles to sit easily alongside other things that you are doing and so we are happy to consider volunteers working anything from a half day a week to several days a week. In order for us to best support you it would be best if this is during the working week but for some of the more specialist roles, evenings or weekends working would be fine.


What we can offer:

We will offer training and support related to the volunteer role. There will be a lot of variety and interest and a great team to become part of. These roles are a really exciting opportunity to be involved in work linked to COP26 in Glasgow and to make a real difference. We are a small and friendly team and hope that we can making volunteering with us a really great experience.


How to apply:

Please fill in the following Google Doc and ensure that you outline which of the roles you are most keen on taking forward.   

Closing Date 15 June 2021

For Google Doc:  Google Form link

If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected] 

  • Nick Cullen

    Nick is a past coordinator for the Climate Fringe platform and Climate Fringe Festival, working on strategy, website development and communications. He spent two years at SCCS in the lead up to COP26 and led on developing the Homestay Network, volunteering programme, COVID-19 safety, and many other aspects of logistics and operations in collaboration with the COP26 Coalition.