Applications to volunteer for Manchester Day are open until 31 May 2022.

Volunteer

On Sunday 19 June, tens of thousands of people will fill the streets to celebrate our fantastic city as Manchester Day returns. We are looking for enthusiastic people to play a key role in helping us bring the streets to life with an incredible spectacle of music, colour and performance.

 

GET INVOLVED ON THE DAY IN A NUMBER OF WAYS…

 

WAYFINDING VOLUNTEERS – SUNDAY 19 JUNE, 10AM TO 3PM

We need volunteers to be the public face of Manchester Day distributing free programmes and answering any questions people have about the day. This is a vital part of the event so that everyone knows what’s happening, when and where. 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 or performances and enjoying the atmosphere.

Volunteers for this role will work in teams with a team leader to refer to for any support needed and receive a briefing on the morning of the event to ensure they have all the information needed to be able to carry out the role.

 

PARTICIPANT SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS – SUNDAY 19 JUNE, 9AM TO 5PM

We need volunteers to support our 1,500 participants in Manchester Day. If you sign up to this role then here’s a flavour of what you might be doing:

 

Parade Support

Help set up the parade at its start point near Manchester Piccadilly train station and play a vital part in on-the-day preparation and delivery – helping groups with floats and accessories and directing participants to their positions.

You could be part of the parade itself, acting as an info point for participants, pushing and pulling floats, distributing water and sun cream, or even carrying banners, flags and props.

Collect parade accessories and costumes after the parade, and work with the creative team to organise our storage space. 

 

Squares Support

Assist our experienced Stage Managers in helping to bring the city centre squares alive with performances, decorations and installations. This supports the smooth running of all activity in the squares working closely with the Manchester Day team.

 

Registration Support

Help us register the groups on the morning of the parade, assist groups with their costumes, manage face painting and direct groups to the start point.

You’ll be able to specify which role you’d prefer to do when you sign up, we’ll do our best to offer you this role but can’t guarantee it. Or tell us if you don’t mind what you do.

 

BRIEFING

Briefings will either be held on the day or prior to the event. You will be sent further details of this closer to the time.

 

GET INVOLVED IN THE LEAD UP TO THE EVENT:

 

CREATIVE VOLUNTEERS – OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT MAY & JUNE

This year we will be running a series of 3 Mobile WoW workshops in neighbourhoods around the city as well as running a central workshop in the city centre. Dates for these are to be confirmed but will be from 21stMay to 5th June.

The WoW workshop (located in the city centre) is the creative community hub designed especially for Manchester Day, where artists and participants work on their creations, costumes and movement. WoW Weekends are held at the workshop over 2 weekends leading up to the event and serve as a chance to make 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 events 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.

 

If you’re particularly interested in helping out with WoW Weekends, the dates are:

WoW Weekend 1:  Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June

WoW Weekend 2: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June

If you’re interested in helping out at a Mobile Wow, let us know and we will send you details.

Please note, if you sign up as a Creative Volunteer (in the lead up) you can also sign up as a Wayfinding Volunteer or a Participant Support Volunteer (on the day roles)! 

 

Expenses

We offer travel expenses of up to £5 for the WoW Weekends and event day and we’ll also provide lunch on these days. More information will be provided on sign up.  Those volunteering on Sunday 19 June will also receive a Manchester Day 2022 T-shirt.

 

How to apply

Register your interest by completing our online volunteering form here.

If you do not have internet access or you would like more information, please contact Walk the Plank on: mcrdayvolunteers@walktheplank.co.uk

 

Registration deadline: Tuesday 31 May 2022.