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Hackney Carnival Volunteers - various roles

London Borough of Hackney - Communications and Consultation

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On Sunday 8th September 2019 the Hackney Carnival will be back!

From 12pm-7pm, residents and visitors will enjoy a spectacular range of cultural events on offer. There will be a carnival procession, sound systems, a live stage and children’s play areas, but this year it is all happening in a new and exciting format, focused around Hackney Central.

Last year’s carnival took place with spectacular costumes, energetic dance, sound systems and live music from around the world. More than 25 carnival and community groups joined residents in a celebration of Hackney’s thriving cultures and outstanding creativity, as the procession weaved its way through the borough.

Approximately 100,000 people are expected to attend the carnival this year and we are seeking volunteers to help us make it a memorable event for them all.

Lead up to the Event
- You will be expected to attend a training session a week before the carnival to inform you of the details of what is expected of you on the day

Event Support Volunteers
-Supporting carnival groups at changing areas, getting ready this will mostly be based around London fields area
-Handing out maps and flags to waiting crowds
-Supporting the groups at the de-rig area on Lansdowne drive

Assisting with the carnival groups’ registration desk
-handing out wristbands, earplugs etc. to each group as they arrive

Running the information tent
-Provide up to date communications and information with residents and attendees on whatever they might need, letting them know about the app to keep up to date

Supporting artists leading drop-in art activities

Skills and qualifications required: friendliness, outgoing nature, knowledge of the local area, can-do attitude, able to work with others

Documenting through film and photography
-Documenting the procession and sound systems across Hackney central using film and photography
Skills and qualifications required: photography, film and other forms of recording

The footprint of the event runs from London Fields up to Graham road and over to Queensbridge road so there may be some walking required.
Time commitment is flexible throughout the day.

You will be supported by a Volunteer Manager and co-ordinator on the day who will manage the rotation of roles and breaks.

To take part or if you have any questions please get in touch with us.

Rachel King

Further location details may be provided below.

The volunteering roles will be all over Hackney Central but the main meeting point will be Hackney Town Hall.

E8 1EA

The closest overground station is Hackney Central, but if this closes due to overcrowding, other near-by stations include Haggerston, Dalston Kingsland, Dalston Junction and Homerton. Roads around the area will be closed from 8 am on the day due to the Carnival procession, therefore, bus and car access will be limited.

One day


Comfortable with interacting with members of the public Friendly and outgoing attitude Can-do attitude and a willingness to get stuck in Knowledge of the local area Able to work as part of a team Patience Being comfortable in crowds Ability to speak another language is helpful but not essential

Getting to meet and volunteer with other local residents Getting to know about the range of events and organisations in Hackney Being part of a team Great role for anyone interested in community development, event management Everyone who volunteers will receive a £20 contribution towards expenses for taking part.

18 and over

Events & Stewarding,Advice, Information & Support,Community Work,General and Helping

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We welcome a diverse range of volunteers.

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