Volunteer Roles for 2015

We need volunteers to work with us to deliver communications, fringe events, fundraisers and our operations from now and leading up to the Carnival in September.  There are also ways of getting involved to create the art that will be needed.

All roles are rewarded by ‘carnival stars’ which are added to a chart and team members will be acknowledged formally at an awards event held after the Carnival.  The necessary hours of commitment are approximate and are subject to change to meet demand.

Posts under the supervison of the Carnival Director

PA to the Carnival Director – 8 hours a week to suit

Admin support – 4 hours a week

Schools liaison officer – 4 hours a week

Fundraising officer – 4 hours a week

Trading and licensing – 6 hours a week

Head of internal communications – An important role to liase and communicate between the Carnival team of the Carnival Director, Director of Arts and Culture, Trustees, members and volunteers and includes minute taking, email correspondence.

Head of external communications – Must be outgoing and go out of your way to get information out with in person and via social media and media platforms.

 Sustainability and Waste Division 

Environmental Awareness and planning officer

Street clean up team and recycling advocates

Waste management business strategy developer

Security Division

We are working with the Country’s biggest names in the security field to design and implement our security plan through innovative new techniques.  We are looking for talented and committed people to shadow the professional security team.  You would need to commit to:

* Undergoing two weekend training courses delivered at various levels and which will include customer service, crowd safety, understanding risk assessments, radio control.

* Work at two events ahead of the main Carnival Day in September (we will find the events for you).

* Be available to work a 4 hour shift at the September Carnival and attend 3 briefing meetings ahead of the main Carnival day.

Incentives : Learn transferable skills; be an active team member contributing to creating the Carnival; find paid work at other festivals which can include travel.  Up to 50 carnival stars.

On the main Carnival Day in September

Carnival Hosts – 4 hour shift – 50 needed


We are looking for people to shadow the professional production crew.

Stage building crew

Safety control – electrics, food.

Stage Management

Artist Liason

Runners – 40 needed to do 4 hour shifts


Under the supervision of the Director of Arts and Culture 

Banners – reflecting our Theme of GRASS ROOTS – a tribute to the 1968 festival founders and civil rights campaigners: Roy Hackett, Owen Henry and Barbara Dettering. http://stpaulscarnival.co.uk/about-us/education/

Costumes – We need long flowing skirts for Caribbean Dance.  See the skirt design here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts0dfE3iqv0

We are interested in other costume designs that relate to the theme that can be worn by participants and performers.

Street design – How can we make the site look the part and bring the story of the journey of the community alive.

All volunteers will receive a crew t-shirt and tokens to use in one of the official carnival bars.  You can store clothes/bags etc. at our offices until 10pm on the day and get the use of our toilets.  Any long shifts we will feed you as well.  Your wristband will allow you access to the learning centre throughout the day where again there are proper toilets and free tea, coffee & juice available for crew.  If you can only volunteer for one of the pre-carnival activities we’ll still give you a crew wristband for the day so you can utilise the learning centre and some tokens for the bars.

If you are interested in any of the above roles please get in touch with the carnival office to show your interest and we will get back to you with further details.

Email info@stpaulscarnival.co.uk putting ‘Carnival Team 2015’ in the subject field.

Many thanks

The St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival Team