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Sharrow Lantern Carnival costs £3000 to run each year and soley relies on volunteers. Help us keep the carnival going by donating £10 here

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We provide opportunities for people in the community to get involved in their local events, from stewarding to supporting with publicity, we have a number of ways you can give your time....


Help us run the carnival 

We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic people to get involved in the running of the carnival. From marketing, budgeting, buying materials, fundraising, managing volunteers. we are looking for people to come and get involved in this much loved event and help us make it happen every year.We are having our first planning meeting Thursday 18th October 5.30pm at The Old Junior School, S7 1DB 


Lantern Workshop Volunteer

We need you!! Our workshops rely on volunteers; you don't need to know how to make a lantern (we will teach you!)- you just need to be friendly and happy to get stuck in and help new people when they arrive to make a lantern. We are looking for 2-3 lead volunteers for each workshop and then as many other willing hands as possible. If you are interested please email Lu

Your main role is to ensure the workshops run smoothly, people feel included and to provide advice on how to build a lantern.


The Role of Workshop Volunteers:

  • Attend all sessions you have signed up to. Arrive in plenty of time;

  • Wear one of the high-vis vests provided so that people know you’re a volunteer;

  • Help set up the equipment, inspiration boards and refreshments;

  • Welcome people who come to make lanterns and help them to get started;

  • Continue to help people who are struggling with their lanterns;

  • Help to move lanterns to storage;

  • Let people know that they can take materials away to make a lantern at home;

  • Tidy up so that the venue is left in the state you found it in and our materials are stored in a neat and tidy manner.


Workshop Leader Responsibilities:

  • Attend the sessions you have signed up to in enough time to set up the equipment;

  • Ensure the venue is well looked-after (floors are covered where glue will be used, sinks are kept clean etc.);

  • Support less experienced volunteers;

  • Supervise the session in general (be aware of health and safety, make sure people tidy up in plenty of time etc.);

  • Ensure the equipment and lanterns are carefully stored and the venue is left clean and tidy;

  • Notify Lu when materials need to be ordered (

Roles on the day of the Carnival

Event Set-up Role (4-6pm)

We would appreciate the help of anyone who is free between 4-6pm to:


  • Prepare collection buckets, sandbags, lights, bin bags etc

  • Decorate the cemetery.

  • Please meet at The Old Junior School, South View Road at 4pm

Steward Role (6.30pm onwards)

Stewards are needed to make sure the carnival runs smoothly, everyone stays safe and to help tidy up. Let us know if you have a first-aid qualification (not essential but we need 4 people who have one). Please meet at The Old Junior School, South View Road at 6.30pm


  • 6.30pm - Meeting and safety briefing at OJS, plus snacks, and facepainting

  • 7.30 - 8pm - Walk to Mount pleasant. 2 stewards will go to the general cemetery to light candles before the carnival arrives

  • 8pm - Keeping people safe as we set off on the route to the General Cemetery

  • 9pm - Arrive at the General Cemetery

  • 9pm - 10.30pm keeping people safe and litter picking

  • 10.30 - 11.30pm clearing up the cemetery and taking lanterns back to the Old Junior School.

Fundraiser Role (6.30 onwards)

We are looking for particularly enthusiastic and vocal volunteers to collect donations during the lantern carnival parade and at the celebration in the park. You will have a money collection bucket and will be responsible for encouraging people in the crowd to donate to help cover the costs of running the free lantern-making workshops. We would love it if you could wear an animal-themed costume or bright, colourful clothing!


  • 6.30pm - Meeting and safety briefing at OJS (plus snacks);

  • 7pm onwards - Circulate at Mount Pleasant as crowds assemble, collecting money, and continue along the route of the parade with the rest of the carnival.

  • 9 - 10.30pm - At the cemetery 2 fundraisers will stay at the entrance while others circulate around the park (can swap over through the evening).

Other info for stewards / event set-up / fundraisers:

We will provide high vis jackets. Please wear warm clothes, suitable for cold and potentially wet weather. If you are staying for the clear up after the carnival please bring gloves as we will be litter picking.​

- 'OJS': The Old Junior School, Southview Road S7 1DB
- Mount Pleasant Park: just off London Road, behind Sharrow Primary
- The General Cemetery Park: Entrance from Cemetery Road via Montague Street S11 8NT (alternative entrance from Ecclesall Road direction via Cemetery Avenue)

We'd really appreciate whatever time you have, no matter how little.  If you are interested in volunteering in any of the roles please email with your:


  • NAME


  • ROLES you want to volunteer for

  • TIME you are available to help


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