MORE volunteering opportunities for the 2016 Manchester Children’s Book Festival

Want to get involved in the 2016 Manchester Children’s Book Festival!?!

We have a variety of opportunities added to our growing list of events for the Manchester Children’s Book Festival this summer! If you are a student or Manchester Met alumni there are opportunities for you to sign up to all our fantastic training sessions and volunteering opportunities around the city!

You can sign up to all events below via Career Hub


Event Description

Saturday 21 May


Saturday Spectacular:

Storytelling at Central Library featuring training off published author and professional storyteller Dom Conlon.

Saturday 4 June


Eureka Summer Festival:

Our tent will be making an appearance at Stanley Grove Primary Academy for their Eureka Summer Festival!

We have been invited to join Stanley Grove from 12pm for a parade through the streets of Longsight and then an afternoon of free games and activities related to the theme of ‘eureka’, science, history creativity and discovery

Friday 10 June


Labyrinth Training:

Immersive, multi-sensory storytelling with published author and professional storyteller Emily Capstick and PeopleScape Theatre.

Opportunities available to put your training into practice in local schools and creating a project for the book Festival family Fun Day.

Sunday 12 June


Sunday Funday at Manchester Histories Festival :

At Manchester Central library our Tent on Tour, stories and activities will be themed around history!


Tuesday 14 June


Team Building and Child Protection Training:

You will learn how to work as part of a team as you will be challenged with some fun problem solving activities. Activities involve tents, sparkly curtains and felt tip pens. Intrigued? Then sign up to find out more, meet fellow volunteers and gain some valuable skills.

The day will end with child protection training, introducing you to safeguarding which needs to be put into practice when working with children.

Sunday 19 June


Manchester Day Parade:

We are recruiting  volunteers to get involved in helping promote the Book Festival on one of the busiest days in the city centre.

Want to build on your confidence? Sign up to this amazing volunteering opportunity where you can meet new people, engage with families and members of the public and help to promote the Manchester Children’s Book Festival!

Friday 24 June


Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Author visit and parade:

The ‘Tent on Tour’ will be taking the festival to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital with Authors Phillip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre and having a themed parade with the children through the atrium.

Saturday 25 June


Family Fun Day: (open to alumni)

This is the biggest event of the festival and previous Family Fun Days have seen over 2,000 families and children under the age of 12 visit Geoffrey Manton Atrium. Opportunities include: arts and craft assistants, general assistants, author assistants and MORE

The day will be action packed with interactive activities and you will be involved in assisting with multi-sensory storytelling, a parade around the Atrium and a dog display in All Saints Park!

Friday 1 July


Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – Roof Garden Summer Spruce-up:

As well as planting plants that the children can smell and touch, volunteers are also going to be brightening up the area by repainting the existing planters and gazebos. Volunteers will also be adding to the sensory element of the garden by adding a variety of sensory items to the planters for the children to touch when they spend time in the garden both in and out of lesson times. This outdoor space can then be utilised as an alternative classroom helping reconnect children to the natural world and assist in their healing process.

Saturday 2 July


Generation #MCRTakeover: (open to alumni)

This is a brand new event for the festival and will be focused on children over the age of 12 and young adults (YA). The day will host a variety of renowned YA authors and interactive workshops including digital face painting, poetry slams and a robot orchestra




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