Volunteer at Manchester After Hours 2016

Polly Checkland Harding

We’re looking for a dedicated team of friendly and outgoing volunteers to help to deliver the exciting events programmed across the city.

This is your chance to get involved with one of Manchester’s most ambitious one-night event of the year – Manchester After Hours. On Thursday 12 May some of the city’s biggest institutions stay open after hours for one-of-a-kind collaborations and activities, from throwing Darts at Art at the Whitworth to drawing to a soundtrack beneath a whale in Manchester Museum, gigs on steam train platforms at MSI and brand new writing set to archival footage at the Manchester Jewish Museum.

Manchester After Hours has got it all going on – it’s a one-night, city-wide social. It’s chance for you to get into places and spaces not often open late; and here’s how you can get involved: Creative Tourist are looking for a team of enthusiastic, friendly volunteers who have a passion for culture to help make this unique event happen. If successful, you will play a key role in delivering over 20 events in some of the city’s greatest venues – and gain more experience working within the arts. See below for the roles up for grabs.


Volunteer Coordinator

This is a key role in assisting the coordination of the evening, as well as briefing and looking after the team of volunteers on the night itself. You need to be a very organised self-starter, have great communication skills, the ability to work in an intense event atmosphere and be able to manage large groups of people. You will be required to be available for a maximum of two days pre-festival and then all day on Thursday 12 May until the evening finishes. You will work closely with the Event Manager in this role and get a real hands-on knowledge of what it takes to run a festival like this. If you are interested in this role we require both the below application to be completed alongside a CV to be sent to rivca@creativetourist.com by 5pm, 3 May.

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Audience Surveys

In order to keep an event like this going we require some basic information from our audience about who they are, where they come from and what they thought of the experience. This helps us to move forward, improve and know what people want. One team of volunteers will be responsible for going to different venues on the night and asking audience members for their thoughts.

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Social Media Support

We are a very small team behind Manchester After Hours and can’t be everywhere at all times; it’s key that we capture lots of content and images from the night itself, so we’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist in this collection. We want images, quotes, voice recordings – whatever takes your fancy! These nuggets will all be shared to a central database and dispersed accordingly from there. This is a great opportunity for gaining real social media experience.

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Information Point

We require a team of knowledgeable and friendly volunteers to be placed at various city centre venues to hand out festival guides and direct people to the activity that might most take their fancy. This requires a good knowledge of the city along with a knowledge of the event itself – you’ll be the team in the know.

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What’s required from you?

All volunteers must be available on the night of the festival: Thursday 12 May (from 3.30pm onwards preferably). There will also be a compulsory induction prior to the festival, on Thursday 5 May at 6pm (venue TBC).

The Volunteer Coordinator will need to be available for a maximum of 2 days in the lead up to the festival and for the whole day itself on Thursday 12 May.

What do you get out of it?

An exclusive Volunteer t-shirt and experience of working on a large scale event. We will more than happily fill in references/feedback post-festival.

How do you get involved?

All you need to do is simply fill in our online form to register your information and interest by 3 May at 5pm. The link is here.

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For more information contact the Festival Manager at rivca@creativetourist.com

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