The 6th to the 9th of June will see Dumfries play host to more than two hundred international young people coming to the town to participate in the Commonwealth Youth Summit.  The Youth Summit is a chance for young people from across the commonwealth to come together to learn and share experiences and ideas that will develop the leadership skills needed to shape and change their own communities for the better.  The summit will have a captivating and motivational programme with specialised workshops and influential keynote speakers including gold medal winner, swimmer Rebecca Adlington OBE and Chris Lubbe, Nelson Mandela’s former bodyguard.  The participants will be staying in a jamboree style campsite set up in Dumfries’ newly refurbished Dock Park and will attend events at the town’s main entertainment venue, DGOne.   


Volunteers are an integral part of any event with the youth summit being no exception and the organisers of the event are currently in the process of recruiting volunteers for the summit.  The organisers are looking for engaged and enthusiastic people aged 18 and over to contribute their time, energy and skills to assist with running of the youth summit, before, during and after the whole event.  There are a variety of volunteering roles available: tech crews, site crews, frontline assistants and social media reporters.  No experience is necessary although some specific skills such as fluency in foreign languages, first aid training, photography and driving licenses are advantageous. 


The youth summit volunteer programme is expected to be similar to that employed at other large events; one previous volunteer reported that being involved was “a valuable experience where you can learn new skills in an amazing environment.  I got the chance to experience working in a large team and was given loads of responsibility.” 


Volunteering is rewarding and exciting and the Commonwealth Youth Summit is a once in a life time opportunity.  If you are interested in getting involved as a Volunteer, information sessions will be held at the following dates and locations: Tuesday 15th April 3pm-6pm The McMillan Hall Newton Stewart, Wednesday 16th April at 7pm North West Resource Centre Dumfries, Thursday 17th April at 7pm Victoria Halls Annan.


For more information, and to register interest in volunteering visit the website:



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