Our volunteers are an invaluable part of who we are. Whether it is welcoming you as you arrive, taking your bookings in the Box Office, volunteering in our bar or café, or helping out behind the scenes, The Sub Rooms wouldn’t be The Sub Rooms without volunteers who make things happen on a daily basis and now more than ever we need your help.

Can you spare a regular few hours or help us out on a more ad hoc basis? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with Heather at Heather@thesubrooms.co.uk

We're always looking for volunteers! Find out more below...

People sat at tables on the forecourt of The Sub Rooms for lunch at Central Bar and Kitchen

Why volunteer for the Subs?

The Subs is a registered charity providing a diverse range of music, events, food, workshops, comedy, and lots more to the Stroud community and to visitors further afield. Keeping this old building up and running and trying to make ends meet is no easy challenge and
volunteers play a crucial role in helping us keeping this venue going.
As a volunteer FOH we offer you discounts on tickets and occasionally free tickets, we will happily refund you your expenses getting to and from your volunteer shift (up to £10).

A man choosing a record to buy at The Sub Rooms in Stroud

Who can volunteer?

Anyone from 16 – (no upper age limit). We have had some fab volunteers in their 80s – and age isn’t a barrier. We also encourage volunteers with any additional needs, learning difficulties, physical
disabilities, students looking for work experience (16 plus), longer term volunteer placements, international volunteers. The Subs aims to be inclusive and we are keen to encourage anyone and everyone to get involved. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to support volunteers under 16 due to safeguarding – but for anyone under 16 who wants to help out, spreading our brochures would be a great help and something you could do alongside a parent/ guardian.

A photo of the inside of the Central Bar and Kitchen cafe

What roles can I volunteer for?

Front of House
Helping greet customers for our gigs and events, showing people to their seats, answering questions, scanning tickets, being familiar with the evacuation procedure, collecting glasses, assisting in other areas where needed and with putting chairs away or setting up for the next day after the event – FOH usually get away about 30 mins – 1 hr after an event finishes, depending on what needs doing. You won’t be on your own in the building – there is always a Duty Manager, and you have a radio to contact them if you need help (of course, mention that volunteering FOH you’ll generally get to see a lot of the show that you’re volunteering for – but this isn’t guaranteed)

Maintenance volunteer
Helping out to keep this old building going – there is always something that needs doing from painting, putting old posters up in our staircase so we can create a montage up the stairs of everyone who plays here, repairing things. Anyone can help and no special skills needed (though
welcomed). And you can come in on your own or with other members of the maintenance team to help out.

Marketing and Publicity
We need as much help as we can get to spread info about what is on far and wide – whether you can distribute our brochures and flyers around Stroud, at the Farmers market, take some to your local area to put in hairdressers, leisure centres, shops, pubs, or distribute more wisely to Gloucester, Cirencester, Dursley, Cheltenham, Bath and beyond – we’d love some more help.

Work Experience
We are keen to involve young people with our volunteering where we can and welcome requests for work experience. You do need to be over 16.

Help in our café over our busy lunchtime periods would be welcomed and event help for weddings, parties, meetings and our Beer Festival is also very useful. If anyone with any specialist skills in marketing or fundraising, we need some occasional help in these area we would also be interested in hearing from anyone who may be interested in a longer placement e.g. with our tech team -to learn the ropes and volunteer photographers are very welcome.

The facade of The Sub Rooms in Stroud

Ready To Sign Up?

If becoming a Sub Rooms volunteer sounds like something you'd like to do, please fill in our application form and Heather will be in touch.