Be a Steward on Carnival Day

Stewards make the Carnival safe for everyone

Carnival Day Team

Steward Role (6pm onwards) Sunday 3rd April


If you'd like to be a Steward, please email us


The Lantern Carnival begins at Mount Pleasant Park, where the crowd gathers with their home-made lanterns. Then, there is a parade through the streets of Sharrow to the Cemetery Park where there is live music and fire dancers. There is usually over two thousand people present. It’s a family and children focused event.

  • Stewards are needed to make sure everyone feels welcome and stays safe.

  • Stewards work together in pairs, circulating within the crowd, and walking alongside the parade.

  • Stewards need to be super friendly and happy to chat to strangers.

  • ​Experience is not needed.

We will have a Steward's Briefing Session before the event to explain procedures such as lost children and first aid. The Police will be with us, and most issues will be referred to them. At the end of the parade Stewards will continue to circulate within the crowd during the live music, making sure people are safe, and picking litter.


Please meet at The Cemetery Road Baptist Church, entrance on Napier Street, S11 8HA at 5.30pm

  • 6pm – Steward’s Briefing Session

  • 6.45pm - Walk to Mount Pleasant Park.

  • 7.30pm - The Parade Starts! Stewards keep people safe as we set off on the route to the General Cemetery

  • 9pm - Arrive at the General Cemetery

  • 9pm - 10pm; Keeping people safe and litter picking

  • 10pm – 11pm; Clearing up the cemetery and taking lanterns back to the Old Junior School.

​Let us know if you have a first-aid qualification (not essential but we need 4 people who have one).

Things to bring

We will provide hi-vis vests and ear-plugs (it gets loud).

Please wear warm clothes, suitable for cold and potentially wet weather. Bring some snacks to keep you going through the event.

If you have a torch, bring it (the cemetery is very dark).

You don't need to bring any personal documents or bring anything else. In fact, you'll be on your feet for the whole evening so don't bring anything that won't fit in your backpack.

Collecting donations

Some Stewards will collect donations from the crowd in buckets. If you want to do this, you’ll need to be particularly enthusiastic and vocal, asking people to donate so that the Carnival can happen next year. We collect around £700 in this way; a big part of our budget.

If you'd like to be a Steward, please email us



We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic people to get involved in the running of the carnival.

There is no sign up form, just read the details below then email and tell us what you'd like to do: 

You could join one (or more) volunteer teams:

        Workshop Delivery Team / Facilitators

                      Help families make lanterns 

         Carnival Day Team / Stewards

                      Make sure it's fun for everyone

         Fundraising Team

                      All ideas and expertise needed!

          Social Media Team

                      Promote the event and recruit volunteers 

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Help at a


Show people how to make amazing lanterns

Show people how to make amazing lanterns

Help families make lanterns

It's always fun, and usually sticky!

Workshop Delivery Team

During February and March we put on public lantern making workshops. We need volunteers to run these.

You don't need experience in making lanterns! It's easy, we will teach you at a training session.


The main role is to encourage others to be creative.

You do need to be confident in talking to strangers, friendly and welcoming, also a bit arty and crafty.


All children are accompanied by adults so you will not be responsible for anyone.

You don’t need to commit to helping at all the workshops, but we’d like you to tell us if you are available or not, so we can plan.

Weekend workshops are on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1-5pm.

Evening workshops are usually from 5-8pm.

You’ll need to arrive a little earlier for setting up and leave a little later for tidying up.

You'll have to attend a Volunteer Training Sessions

At these sessions we'll go through what it takes to run a Workshop, we'll teach you how to make a lantern, and we'll also produce lanterns to give away to kids. 


If you are interested please email us

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Put on Fundraising Events

Would you like to put on a speicla event in order to rise funds for the Carnival? Or are you already running an event that could make a donation to the carnival?

We are open to all ideas, so please get in touch- we need to raise £3000 per year.

Help tell everyone about the Carnival

Social Media and Promotions Team

​We need volunteers who are good with words and images and confident in speaking with people, in order to promote the event itself and recruit other volunteers.  

  • Social Media

  • Photography

  • Press Releases

  • Film Making

  • Newsletter

  • Networking

We need people that have around 1 hour a week to support us on various marketing platforms to publicise and shout about the workshops, volunteer opportunities and the day itself. 




Make sure we've got everything we need

Workshop Delivery Team

Materials Coordinator Role 
The person needs to be able to use the internet, be available to come to the store, check in and tidy when needed. Keep budgets and look for bargains!

  • This role involves looking at the store and collating what we have and what we need. 

  • Ordering all the materials in using our credit card- delivered to the Old Junior School

  • Recording spend and where materials were bought from on the budget.

  • Keeping on budget and updating spend and places you bought from

  • Keeping the store well resourced- checking in with the lead volunteers to buying in materials accordingly throughout Jan- April.

  • Total of around 6- 8 hours.

If you'd like to help us, please us email: