Volunteering is a great way of getting involved in Manchester Day. Please see below for the opportunities to volunteer in 2017 as a taster of what you could get involved in next time.
Creative support leading up to the event (May and June 2017)
The WOW workshop is the creative community hub designed especially for Manchester Day – it opens in the weeks leading up to Manchester Day. WOW is where artists and participants work on their creations, costumes and movement.
There are also 2 WOW Weekends held over 2 weekends leading up to the event, They serve as a chance to make final preparations for the big day in a lively creative and collaborative atmosphere.
We need people to help and build structures, make props and embellish costumes. It’s a great opportunity to work with established carnival artists and get an in-depth look behind the scenes of one of the city’s biggest event of the summer. You can volunteer as little or as much time as you like, from a few hours to a few weeks. Just tell us your availability and we’ll let you know how and when you can help out.
Communication support on the day
The key part we need you to play is sharing Manchester Day with the audience – this will involve giving out the free Manchester Day programmes and answering any queries people have about the day. This is a vital part of the event so that everyone knows what’s happening, when and where. You’ll be the public face of Manchester Day so we need people who enjoy interacting with others. The atmosphere will be very upbeat, you’ll have a great time helping out and you will receive a briefing prior to the event so you have all the information you need to be able to carry out your role.
As you’ll be positioned along the route or in one of the city’s squares, you’ll be in the heart of the action, seeing the parade and enjoying the atmosphere. Volunteers for this role will work in teams with a team leader to refer to for any support needed.
Creative support on the day
We need people to help set up the parade at its start point. You’ll play a vital part in on-the-day preparation and delivery, helping groups with floats and accessories and directing participants to their positions. You’ll then get chance to be part of the parade itself, acting as an info point for participants, distributing water and sunscreen, or even carrying banners, flags and props.
After the parade, you’ll guide participants back to the Wow Workshop in Castlefield, collecting parade accessories, costumes, and props then working with the creative team to organise our storage space.
We are looking for creative, confident, friendly and approachable volunteers who are willing to roll their sleeves up and get stuck into all kinds of activities. You’ll be happy working on your own initiative or as part of a group and be happy to work both outdoors and with the general public.
We can’t guarantee good weather on the day, but we can promise an unmissable experience where you’ll learn new skills, meet new people and enhance your CV.
You will receive a briefing prior to the event so you have all the information you need to be able to carry out your role.
Communications support: You will be briefed on the event day.
Creative support: For roles leading up to the event, you will be given an induction at the WOW Workshop.
For on-the-day roles, you will need to attend a briefing a couple of days before Manchester Day itself (time and location to be confirmed).
We offer travel expenses of up to £5 and provide lunch on the event day. More information will be provided on sign up. You will also receive a Manchester Day 2017 T-shirt.
How to apply
The application for volunteers has now closed. Thank you to all those who applied.