You can help make Lighthouse Thame & Villages 2019
a great success!

There are many ways that both adults and under 18s can help. Lighthouse depends on hundreds of volunteers to fulfil lots of varied roles. In 2017 we required almost 500 voluntary helpers throughout the week! Come and join the fun of this event!

 

Adult roles

As a Lighthouse Keeper you will be looking after a small group of children with the help of 2-3 young people.

Other areas are craft, sport, refreshments, site, administration, crèche, first aid, technical and creative team, the team for Halogen (the event for Young People) and more.

Part time/Full time

Some of the areas at Lighthouse work on a rota basis, so you are not required to be there all day.

Why not consider a job share? If you can’t come every day, you can sign up for just the days you are available and we match you with someone else for the remaining days.

Help at Parent & Toddlers

If you help here, the sessions run daily from 9.45am-12.30pm.

Lighthouse Crèche

If you want to help, but your children are under the age of 4, we have crèche facilities on site for those helpers who have babies and very young children.

Help in the Mini Top

The 4/5 year-old children at Lighthouse are in their own tent called the Mini Top. If you help here you will be finished at 1.30pm.

If you work during Lighthouse week, but still want to help

Maybe you could consider helping for a few hours before or after Lighthouse.

Site Set Up/ Set Down

We need help on the Friday & Saturday before and the Saturday after Lighthouse week. It will take anything from 1 hour to all day with jobs as varied as building fencing, washing tables, marking out car park lines and moving boxes!

There is no DBS required. Just sign up on the Lighthouse website.

Night Security

Do you work during the day but still want to help at Lighthouse? We require men (or a team of 3x ladies) to help with the Night Security.

There is a team of 3x per night so that means you will each get 6 hours sleep, which would still enable you to go to work the following day. No DBS required.

Any amount of time you are able to help is very much appreciated!

Sign up online or for any information speak to your local Church Representative. If you want to discuss and pray about your role, contact helpers@lighthousethame.org.uk .

Helpers' Roles

How could you be part of the team at Lighthouse Thame & Villages?

Admin/Registration

Helping with administration before and/or during Lighthouse week

Drama/Creative

Come and help with fun sessions combining Drama and Art

Parents' Cafe

Parents come here for a moment of peace and some home made cake

Parents & Toddlers
(Under 4)

Help with various activities for the youngest at Lighthouse

Tent Decorating

To design/paint/sew banners for the tents. We are looking for people to help before Lighthouse week

Car Parking

Directing traffic during drop off and collection times

Quiet Tent

Supervise those children who need a bit of a rest. Minimum age 16

Lighthouse Keeper

Look after a small group of 10-15 children called a “Lighthouse” with 1 or 2 teenage helpers. Befriend and care for your group, guiding them through their scheduled activities.

You won’t be asked to do any teaching with your group but it’s possible that they will ask you about your Christian faith.

Full role description

Halo:gen

Help run the evening activities for teenagers. Minimum age 18

Craft

Help the children with cutting, sticking and other creative activities. No artistic skills required, everything is prepared in advance

Lamplighter

Help the Lighthouse Keepers to look after a group.

Come and support and enjoy the fun. Minimum age 13 or Year 8 at school.

Full role description

Site

Setting up and dismantling before & after Lighthouse or maintaining the site during the week. Various shifts available

Security

Day, evening and night shifts throughout Lighthouse week, working in pairs

Little Lighthouse (Crèche for Helpers' Children)

Looking after the Helpers children, who are too young to come on their own (under 4s)

Helpers'
Refreshment
Tent

Time out for helpers. Serve drinks & homemade cakes to refresh helpers ready for the next session

Music

Singers and instrumentalists to play in the Big Top or the Mini Top

Sport

Help the organisers run various activities such as football, rounders, and many other games.

Minimum age 16

Please note: All young people under the age of 18 will work with adult supervision and in roles appropriate to their age.

Helpers' FAQ

We hope these will answer your questions, if not please get in contact.

How do I know if my DBS needs to be renewed?

If you have applied for clearance through us before, DBS checks need to be renewed every 3 years and we will inform you if this is the case. If you have not been DBS cleared through us, but are still part of an organisation where you have already been DBS checked and it is still current, we will need to see your disclosure at the briefing session on the 17 July at Lord Williams's Upper school at 7.30pm.

If you have NO valid DBS, please sign up as a Helper and we will contact you.

New to Lighthouse

If you have not helped at Lighthouse in Thame before, you must come along to the Briefing Session on the 17 July at 7.30pm at Lord Williams's Upper School. This is a good chance to meet some of the team and to find out more.

Helpers' Briefing

Wednesday 17th July, 7.30pm at Lord Williams’s Upper School. This is for everyone helping at Lighthouse in 2019. If you know anyone else coming to that meeting you might like to share a lift or cycle in order to help with parking.

We will notify you of more details by email when we confirm you as a Helper.

Alternative Briefing date

If you cannot make the 17 July please join us on Sunday 28 July at 5pm at Thame Showground. The meeting will be identical, so you won’t miss anything.

Commissioning Service

Sunday 28 July at 4pm in the Big Top at Thame Showground . Get Lighthouse week off to a great start!

Do I need a Lighthouse Tshirt if I am not a Lighthouse Keeper or Lamplighter?

Everyone who is on site needs to wear a Lighthouse Tshirt. You will be given yours at the Helpers' Briefing session if you don’t already have one. You can either borrow one for the week or purchase your own for £5.

Where exactly is Lighthouse, where do I go?

Lighthouse is located at the Thame Showground on the ring road of Thame. The address is: Kingsey Road Thame OX9 3JL

Do I need a car park ticket to park in the Lighthouse car park?

No, there is plenty of parking at the Thame Showground.

Please display your handbook in the window on arrival, then the car park attendants know that you have come to help at Lighthouse and will direct you to the correct parking area.

What do I do if I cannot attend the Helpers' Briefing on the 17 July?

It is mandatory for All helpers to attend a briefing because you will find out important information and have the opportunity to meet the team you will be part of. However, if you are unable to attend either of the meetings, it is important to inform helpers@lighthouse.org.uk

If you cannot make the 17 July please join us on Sunday 28 July at 5pm at Thame Showground. The meeting will be identical, so you won’t miss anything. You will receive further details nearer the time.

My son/daughter is 16. Does he/she need a DBS?

Yes. DBS checks are required from everyone aged 16 or over during Lighthouse week.

My daughter/son is a Lamplighter. Which meetings does she/he need to attend?

She/he should attend the Helpers briefing on the 17th July (for all volunteers), as well as the Commissioning Service the day before Lighthouse starts.

My son/daughter is 13 and wants to help, but didn’t attend TZone last year. Can he/she still help?

We always welcome new members onto our team so do encourage him/her to apply by signing up as a Helper .

I have a child/sibling attending Lighthouse - is it possible for them to be dropped off at the same time as me in the mornings?

Yes, children or siblings of team members can come at 9am and join the first part of the team briefing session and they are then looked after by members of the sports team until the Lighthouse programme for the rest of the children starts. The children will need to be signed in as usual when you arrive at the site in the morning.

What time will I be required?

9am-4pm

Team Time is in the Big Top at 9am every day.

If you are helping with a Lighthouse you will be free to leave site after the team debrief at 4pm.