Events Lead (volunteer)

Start Date

Late September 2019

End Date

July 2020 

(unless otherwise agreed)

Time Commitment

3-4 hours/week
(depending on events)


15th September 2019

About the Role

We are a group of students & recent graduates creating a platform for Scotland’s Refugees to share their voice through art. Through a research-driven educational campaign, we use our online presence and creative events to raise awareness in the local community about what it means to be a refugee, with the vision of a welcoming and accepting society.


We are looking for an Events Lead for our COLOURS 2019 - 2020 team. The successful candidate will be co-leading a team with the Art Lead of 5 dedicated, skilful and highly motivated volunteers. The ideal candidate should be organised, socially driven (specifically within the issues surrounding refugee and asylum seeker integration) and have experience planning, organising and executing high-quality events (ideally of the socially-focused or creative nature). 


The Events Lead will work directly with the Art Lead on planning and driving the events for the year, and will play an important part in in shaping COLOURS' 2019-2020. The ideal candidate will bring with them ideas they are willing to share and implement, as well as experience in optimising event attendance and impact. 




Leading a small team that will make a real impact


Raising awareness amongst thousands of people about the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers, helping to challenge misconceptions and negative perceptions


Make lifelong friends that have similar interests and a similar mindset to you


Gain valuable, practical experience in creating project plans, timescales, budgeting and event planning


Gain first-hand experience in the social enterprise scene in Edinburgh


Gain valuable experience in event planning, promotion and execution from start to end


Make valuable life-long connections to add to your network, especially within the third sector


Add an impressive role to your CV that demonstrates tangible skills, leadership, professional experience, and decision-making


Be a part of a social enterprise with high growth potential and potential future internationalisation

 Create project plans, timescales, and drive preparations for, and manage each event (~ 1 major and 2-3 minor events)

Coordinate and liaise with other departments and Leads on tasks needed for events (e.g. artwork, budgets, event promotion

Work with the Heads, Board and Marketing Lead in creating an event calendar for the year

Scout and manage possible venues, partners, and speakers/performers for each event


Socially driven with the aim to use their skills to better the world

Friendly, approachable and understanding

Organised, capable of multi-tasking, and comfortable building relationships

Prior experience planning and executing high-quality events

(ideally with creative/social focus)

Interested in both the Refugee Crisis & Art

MS Office & Leadership Skills

(training will be given)

Relatively tech savvy

(ideally some knowledge of utilising social media networks)

Passionate about / Interested in social messaging + Creating a platform for marginalised voices