Volunteer Task Descriptions

Boozecheck

Coatcheck

Charter

Walkaround Host

Cottage Host

Parlor Host

 

Coatcheck and Boozecheck

These volunteers are nuts and bolts people, there to take care of more practical things. We do not serve alcohol! The bar has a system similar to a coatcheck, with people’s bottles being looked after and given to them when needed.

Instructions for boozecheck

You are in charge of the alcohol at this event, so you are the best person to know if someone is drinking too much. Keep an eye on people and gently suggest an alternative non-alcoholic beverage if you need to. Thank you for taking on this essential task- we could not create this event without you!

  • Label the drinks: As people hand you their bottles at the start of the evening, label them with masking tape, clearly writing their name.
  • Get organized: Organize behind the bar. Alphabetize the bottles, and show the volunteer after your shift where things are.
  • Keep the bar tidy: Always make sure the bar looks neat and that you clean up spills as they happen
  • Don’t pour: Pass people their bottles and let them pour their own drinks.
  • Don’t accept tips: if it’s a BYO bar you could put the party at risk by accepting tips. Don’t do it.

Instructions for coatcheck

You are in charge of making sure people’s belongings are safe so that they can feel free to enjoy themselves. Thank you for taking on this essential task- we could not create this event without you!

  • Use the tickets: Use the coatcheck tickets and encourage people not to lose them! If you’re out of tickets, use a sharpie and draw a number on the back of their hand
  • Keep it in order: Start at one end of the coatcheck and work your way around, so that the coats are in order. Don’t put things in randomly.
  • Keep people out: Don’t let people wander into coatcheck, and make sure that you are the only person in there at all times. The only exception to this rule is if you are having real difficulty finding their coat, in which case you can let them in while they find it.

Charter

The volunteers who are at the door are the first people your guests meet as they arrive, so friendly, outgoing people are needed for this position. For most of the event there will be two people at the door- one will be dealing with the money and the guest list and the other will be solely there to greet guests and tell them about the charter. We have found that separating out these two jobs really makes a big improvement to the overall door experience.

The task of ‘greeting’ is a fine art that we have mastered over the years, and is really one of the most important jobs that there is. It sets the scene, it slows people down as they come in, and it’s an opportunity to filter out people who you might not want at your event. The experience of coming through the doors of a party and being genuinely greeted is something that is rare. People arrive in party mode, and sometimes they can be rambunctious and feisty. Greeting them properly at the door gives them the opportunity to tune in and be present with what the evening is about.

Instructions for the Charter

You are the gates of this Kinky Salon. Everyone passes through you in order to get into this event, and your decisions and attitude will impact this event more than any other volunteer here. Thank you for taking on this essential task- we could not create this event without you!

  • Don’t Rush: Even if it is busy, don’t rush people through this process. People can wait for five minutes in line if they have to.
  • Dresscode: Turn people away if they are wearing jeans, khaki or sportswear. Use your judgment and be lenient on borderline cases. If people wander in off the street without understanding the nature of the event, they are the most likely to become problematic.
  • Charter: Every single person who walks through the door should be taken through the Charter, even if they know and understand it already. Don’t be afraid to leap in front of distracted people who try to walk past you
  • PALs: Single people must be accompanied to come to this event, and they are responsible for the people they arrive with. Make sure that everyone who comes through the door understands that they are responsible for each other.
  • Slow down: Most importantly, it is your job to slow people down as they come in the door- greet them by looking them in the eye and smiling. If a guest cannot meet your gaze, or they are giving you attitude, you can ask them “do you think you are in a space to come into this event?”
  • Welcome: If it is their first time to this event, make sure they are orientated, that they know where the bathroom, the bar, the coatcheck and the smoking areas are. Give them your warmest welcome!

HOSTS

These volunteers spend their shift walking around the party making sure that everything is going smoothly. With an ambassadorial role similar to the door people, these volunteers also need to be friendly and outgoing. Part of this task is practical, watching out for things like spilled drinks and making sure the volunteers have everything they need, but the most important part is to help make guests feel welcome and at ease. Later in the evening as the energy of the event gets more intense, it’s the walkaround hosts who are there to make sure that everyone is safe and happy. Their job is to monitor, not to police.

 

WALKAROUND HOST
You are the eyes and ears of this Kinky Salon. Your influence as a walkaround host will create the vibe of this event. Your vigilance, combined with your friendly attitude is what creates a safe and welcoming space. Thank you for taking on this essential task- we could not create this event without you!

  •  Be the welcome wagon: Start your evening mingling near the entrance and keep a look out for people who look nervous. Introduce yourself and give them a quick tour of the venue.
  • Walk around: This is a social job, but try not to get sidetracked by socializing! Keep moving and don’t get stuck in long conversations.
  • Do what needs to be done: If there is a spill, clean it up. If it is warm, open a window. If the trash gets full, take it out. Check on the toilets and make sure they’re stocked and tidy. This is the glamorous part of the job ;)
  • Check in on the volunteers: As you do the rounds of the event, check in on all the volunteers and make sure they are happy. If they need to pee, take over for a minute. If they need a drink, fetch one for them. If they need to get a message to someone, relay it for them.
  • Be on watch: Scan the crowd for potential problems and catch them before they begin. For example, if you see someone drinking too much, or if you see a couple arguing, gently check in with them and make sure they are okay.
  • Get a second opinion: If a situation comes up that you are not sure how to deal with, find another volunteer, and chat with them about it before you do anything.
  • Pass on your tips: When your shift ends, make sure you pass on all the information about what has been going on to the next walkaround host. Let them know about potential problems and give them any tips you have.


COTTAGE HOST

You are the eyes and ears of this Kinky Salon. Your influence as the cottage host will create the vibe of this event. Your vigilance, combined with your friendly attitude is what creates a safe and welcoming space. Thank you for taking on this essential task- we could not create this event without you! There’s a stool in the entrance of the cottage where you can sit to stay out of the cold. You can also sit on the stairs outside. Don’t wander far from your post during your shift and make sure your presence is known to people arriving at the cottage.

  • Be the welcome wagon: As people arrive at the cottage say hi and introduce yourself. Show them the playspace agreements and let them through.
  • Toilet is for players only: Don’t allow people into the cottage just to use the restroom. There are two other restrooms, one in the bar and one up in the parlor which are available for everyone.
  • Put an end to lurking: Kinky Salon is not a place for lurkers. If you see someone lingering unaccompanied in the play spaces on their own, let them know that this is not acceptable by saying “Excuse me, you need to be with a PAL to come into this area.” Don’t forget to smile and keep your tone friendly and light
  • Put an end to chit chat: A limited about of talking is welcome in the cottage, it doesn’t have to be silent. But if people’s conversations are loud, or if they are standing up, or in any way ruining the mood of the cottage give them a tap on the shoulder a friendly “Sh.”
  • Do a walk through: Every now and again take a walk through the space making sure that everything is as it should be. If it is warm, open a window. If the trash gets full, take it out. Check on the toilet and make sure it’s stocked and tidy. This is the glamorous part of the job ;)
  • Be on watch: Scan the crowd for potential problems and catch them before they begin. For example, if you see someone drinking too much, or if you see a couple arguing, gently ask them to come outside and check in with them to make sure they are okay.
  • Get a second opinion: If a situation comes up that you are not sure how to deal with, find another volunteer, and chat with them about it before you do anything.
  • Pass on your tips: When your shift ends, make sure you pass on all the information about what has been going on to the next cottage host. Let them know about potential problems and give them any tips you have.
  • About leaving your post: If something needs your attention and you can’t deal with it on your own, leave your post to get help. Don’t wait for someone to come to you. The best place to find help is in the office.


PARLOR HOST

 

You are the eyes and ears of this Kinky Salon. Your influence as the parlor host will create the vibe of this event. Your vigilance, combined with your friendly attitude is what creates a safe and welcoming space. Thank you for taking on this essential task- we could not create this event without you! There’s a stool in the entrance of the parlor where you can sit. You can also walk around the different rooms of the parlor to check on things. Don’t wander far from your post during your shift and make sure your presence is known to people arriving in the parlor.

  • Be the welcome wagon: As people arrive in the parlor say hi and introduce yourself. Show them the playspace agreements and let them through.
  • Put an end to lurking: Kinky Salon is not a place for lurkers. If you see someone lingering unaccompanied in the play spaces on their own, let them know that this is not acceptable by saying “Excuse me, you need to be with a PAL to come into this area.” Don’t forget to smile and keep your tone friendly and light
  • Put an end to chit chat in play areas: The parlor entryway has two rooms where talking is allowed. In the BDSM area and the playspace near the restroom chatting should be kept to a minimum. If conversations are ruining the mood of the parlor give them a tap on the shoulder a friendly “Sh.”
  • Do a walk through: Every now and again take a walk through the space making sure that everything is as it should be. If it is warm, open a window. If the trash gets full, take it out. Check on the toilet and make sure it’s stocked and tidy. This is the glamorous part of the job ;)
  • Be on watch: Scan the crowd for potential problems and catch them before they begin. For example, if you see someone drinking too much, or if you see a couple arguing, gently ask them to come outside and check in with them to make sure they are okay.
  • Get a second opinion: If a situation comes up that you are not sure how to deal with, find another volunteer, and chat with them about it before you do anything.
  • Pass on your tips: When your shift ends, make sure you pass on all the information about what has been going on to the next cottage host. Let them know about potential problems and give them any tips you have.
  • About leaving your post: If something needs your attention and you can’t deal with it on your own, leave your post to get help. Don’t wait for someone to come to you. The best place to find help is in the office.

 

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