Young Associates Team

What is this?

The young associate team will work with Unit Twenty Three; the social enterprise who runs Dissfest, to become the leaders in supporting community & arts activity we're involved in.  The team will be part of the Unit Twenty Three family and have equal influence over our work in the community, delivering some of it and informing it.

The team is a voluntary training programme; and you don't have to pay us anything to be involved either!

What will the team do?

Young Associates will meet regularly to learn new skills in event management & delivery.  This will involve practical training and a 'just do it' approach whereby the team will work to pull together their first event in March 2016.  Members of the team may specialise in different areas from Marketing, Technical support, Stewarding, Artist Liaison and others.  After the event in March the team will continue meeting, develop further skills and help plan more events year round – including Dissfest'.

We'd love you to join us on 13th January at Amandines Restaurant from 6pm to meet the team and then the first session is planned for the 19th January – in the evening too 🙂

What training and qualification will I get?

Useful training.  You will develop your confidence, communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

We'll teach you all about planning, promoting, setting-up, delivering and evaluating arts activity and live events.  You'll learn about approaching artists, budgeting, marketing, the key requirements to putting on events, some technical skills to help support stages-lighting-sound etc, and most of all you'll learn lifelong project management skills.

Through this you'll work towards an Arts Award.  This is a flexible qualification recognised by schools, colleges and universities.  In fact if you stick with the team and complete your Gold Arts Award you'll get 35 UCAS points!  There's no exams to take.  It's all about building your personal portfolio of the work you do with us.  This might be online, in a sketch book, or all on film if you prefer!

What about the long term?

As above, you'll have vital skills to take forward in to employment.  You might consider a career in the arts, you might even join our paid team in the years to come.  Skills in budgeting, planning, communication and leadership are well recognised and needed for all businesses.

There will be opportunities beyond March 2016 to carry on working with us to create Dissfest' 2016.  To work with us on more one day events, to work on the Fine City Blues Explosion (a festival of Blues music in Norwich every October) and with our partners too.

Who's it for?

The project is aimed at young people aged 14-19 primarily.  Ideally from Diss & the surrounding areas.  You need to have a desire to learn about running events and a want to get involved.

How can I join the team?

It's easy.  Just email us on by the 15th January 2016 with:

  • Your full name
  • Your postcode (we don't need a full address yet)
  • Your date of birth
  • What your interest in the community or the arts is
  • What you think a team of young people helping to run events could achieve for Diss (ideas)
  • Your home phone and/or mobile phone number

We will get as many people involved as possible.  There will always be a role for you- but we'll have to figure out what that is if we get too many applicants for the core training programme initially.  Current or past members of Diss High School will be prioritised thanks to funding from the Taylor Hammond Foundation.

What do I do if I have questions?

Simply drop us an email ( or call us on 01379882200 – we're usually around between 10am and 5pm Mon-Fri.

When will the sessions be?

We've planned for all sessions to be 6-8pm on the following dates, with a few full day sessions too likely to be 10am to 4pm…

  • 19/01/2016
  • 26/01/2016
  • 02/02/2016
  • 07/02/2016 (Full day)
  • 16/02/2016 (Full day)
  • 01/03/2016
  • 08/03/2016
  • 10/03/2016
  • 14/03/2016
  • 17/03/2016
  • 19/03/2016 (Event Day!! Likely 1pm to 10pm)
  • 23/03/2016
  • 30/03/2016 (Likely to be earlier in the day)