Every year, hundreds of events take place across Cornwall - ranging from concerts and festivals to carnivals and fun-runs - and they all have one thing in common.....they all rely on volunteers in order to take place.

Event volunteering can be a great way to give your time - it offers all the fun of regular volunteering but often condensed into one or two days. Roles can include marshalling & stewarding, collecting monies, giving out flyers or freebies, providing advice and assistance to visitors or sometimes can involve more unusual requests like dressing up or getting stuck in to the fun and games!

There are as many different roles as there are events. This page will list all of the events we are aware of together with details of how to volunteer. Please note that as Volunteer Cornwall is not involved in running any of these events directly, we are not responsible for the recruitment process or the experience on the day but we do work closely with many of the major events around the county to ensure that their expectations of volunteers is realistic and that volunteers get the recognition they deserve.

So why not give it a go? It can be great as a one-off experience alone or with friends and family and who knows...you might get a taste for it :-)

Events Looking for Volunteers:

  • Poolapalooza - British Red Cross Community Fun Day Fundraiser at Heartlands - March 18th

There will be a variety of entertainment from 10am until 4pm including live music, raffle, craft stalls, cakes, face painting, hair wraps / feathers, bar and Red Cross information stands, as well as the usual things that Heartlands offer on site (café, play park, gardens, shops). Plenty of local parking on street / at the college / at Tesco or a pay and display car park on site (including accessible parking spaces). It is free entry but donations are welcome, all proceeds to the British Red Cross. Happy to have some helpers if anyone would like to… this could be practical help on the day (welcoming people, chatting about the Red Cross to visitors, setting up and clearing down) or help with spreading the word by putting up posters, sharing the event on Facebook / Twitter and general promotion. Lucy Goldring    01872 267952 / 01872 272878    07711470092   lgoldring@redcross.org.uk

  • Invasive Species Control: Himalayan Balsam Pulling - 27th March – July 31st

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive non native plant which mainly resides on river banks. This plant is spread through explosive seed pods and can cause erosion and overshadow native plants which can in turn affect the fauna as less native plants can grow. Pulling this plant is easy due to the shallow rooting and therefore this event will allow people to pull the balsam and control the species. Event won't commence until Balsam plants are growing (April/May). To get to the proposed site, a walk across a field is required and therefore people will need to be fit enough to walk to the site. Terrain can be difficult however easier sites can be found for those unable to climb banks.  

Westland Countryside Stewards  Teagen Hill   07817602436   01288 321114    teagen@westlandcs.co.uk

  • Exciting volunteer opportunities at the ThunderCat Racing Championships! - 22nd & 23rd April 2017

 The ThunderCat Racing is a one of the world's most exhilarating powerboat watersports, they are purpose built 4m inflatable catamarans coupled with a 50hp motor. A driver and co driver work together to compete in 3 challenging disciplines, with National European and World titles up for grabs! The UK Championship consists of 6 events, starting in Cornwall, at Fistral in Newquay. The races will take place on the 22nd & 23rd April 2017. The teams then travel to other counties and return for the final event in Perranporth over the weekend 29th & 30th September 2017.

They are seeking any volunteers who are willing, and will welcome them on Friday 21st April to help with setting up the event and others who can assist throughout the weekend. There are several practical tasks on the Friday, including pitching tents, setting up areas of security fencing and placing banners and flags etc.

Over the weekend, the racing teams are looking for volunteers to assist them with launching and retrieving their boats. They also require marshals on the beach and shoreline and assistants to make light refreshments for their support teams.

To apply and be part of this adrenaline filled weekend please contact Tracey Armstrong on 07748152684

  • Event assistants - Art 8 Newquay festival - 27th April to 1st May

We require some lovely assistants for an amazing Arts festival in Newquay from 27th April to 1st May. Jobs will involve handing out programmes and giving any information about the events to the public. You will also be helping to collect any donations. Overall youll be representing Art8 Festival at our wonderful events.
We are looking for people who will enjoy being a part of a wonderful weekend that brings together the community of Newquay in a celebration of the fantastic art and culture that is going on in Newquay. We mainly need volunteers to help with our fun day and artisan fair and makery on Sunday 30th April. If you would like to help with the whole weekend that would be appreciated, but not essential.
Clare Cooney   07947084317   clarelouisecooney@hotmail.com

  • Long-Term Festival Volunteer - Falmouth Town Council - 16th to 18th June

This is an exciting opportunity to see how your skills and ideas can enhance this amazing festival long-term.
The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival has been running for 14 years, and it all began thanks to our volunteers! Back in 2004 a group of sea shanty enthusiasts came together and formed this extra special music festival, which has grown year on year.
The festival will be running from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th June 2017, and will see 60 groups from across Europe perform in 23 locations around the town. With so many elements to the three days, we're looking for volunteers with a range of skills who can help the festival in both the short term and the long term in a number of different ways.
If you're looking to get involved with a festival with an incredible, unique atmosphere, look no further. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

Sarah Walker   01326 313553   sarah@falmouth.co.uk