Home Education Festivals is a non profit organisation which runs home education events in the UK. Most notably they organise and run the Home Education Families’ Festival (HEFF) every summer.
Everyone at HEFestivals and those who help with the events are volunteers. There is no financial compensation beyond expenses where justified although we keep this to a minimum.
There is a volunteer based board of directors who oversee the organisation of the events and a large community of other volunteers who all help run the events.
Ian Anderson: I have 3 home educated children who are now adults in their 20s, and a 3 year old who we plan to Home Educate. I worked on the crew at Hesfes for a number of years doing sound and other general duties. In 2016 I was between jobs and able to dedicate most of my time for 3 months to preparing for the first HEFF, and have remained on the board throughout. For HEFF 2022 my primary responsibilities are festival logistics, contracts, and sales administration. I am responsible for making sure all the marquees, showers, toilets etc. are in place, and safe so others can fill the festival with great content.
Chloe Newby: Hi, I’m Chloe Newby. Technically I’m no longer home educated, though adulthood hasn’t changed much in terms of my daily life. I was very involved in the home ed community throughout my teen years, and intend to stay that way since I’ll probably end up home educating my own children one day. When I’m not diving head first into organising festivals at the last minute, I’m usually studying maths, tutoring kids, or hunting down research papers online.
Edward Bowden: My name is Ed and I am a Technology Consultant during the day. I was home educated for all of my secondary education and yearly home education festivals were a very important part of that. I want to see HEFF continue to grow and do it’s best to serve the home ed community.
As well as the board there is a team of volunteers including various coordinators and our wonderful event crew.
Workshop Coordinator: Wendy
Workshop Coordinator: Mark
Crew Coordinator: Mari
First Aid Coordinator: Julie
Safeguarding Lead: Ally