Young Associates Programme

Applications for the Young Associates Team are now open for February 2018!

I enjoyed putting my ideas in and having a say in the event” – 2017 participant

Yes, people seem surprised that teens were involved in DissFest. It was good to see a wide range of age groups coming along” – 2017 participant

What is this?

The Young Associates 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 a few months later. Members of the team may specialise in different areas from Marketing, Technical support, Stewarding, Artist Liaison and others. The team will meet more often as the festival comes closer.

What training and qualification will I get?

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 have the option to work towards an Arts Award.
This is a flexible qualification recognised by schools, colleges and universities. 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 sketchbook, 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 DissFest’ of course – you’ll be able to work with us on more one day events and with our partners too,
including the Fine City Blues Explosion (a festival of Blues music in Norwich every October).

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 download & fill out the Young Associate Interest Form below, and email it over to the team! Sessions won’t start again until February 2018.

Young Associate Interest Form – Download here!

What do I do if I have questions?

Simply drop us an email ( or call us on 01379 88 22 00.
We’re usually around between 9.00am and 5.30pm Mon-Fri.

The Young Associates Programme 2018 has been funded by using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.