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Volunteers needed for Borough of Culture

by Emily Maguire

In 2022 Knowsley will become the Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture with a programme of illuminating and inspiring events and moments happening in towns and villages.

From the opening of the much-anticipated Shakespeare North Playhouse and the arrival of Gaia – a breath-taking replica of our planet, to a sculpture trail featuring Edward Lear’s beloved Owl and Pussy-Cat there is something for everyone to enjoy!

In order to deliver the amazing programme of events and moments we have planned for Knowsley’s Year as Borough of Culture, we need YOU!

  • Are you interested in the arts, music, the environment, sport, people, and places?
  • Do you enjoy social events – being part of something? Sharing an experience?
  • Do you have skills you would like to share?

We are looking for a team of volunteers who will have a front row seat to all of the amazing things happening across the borough in 2022. No previous knowledge or experience is required, just enthusiasm and an interest in being part of something really special. The roles are:

EVENT MAKERS: You will be welcoming, signposting and providing information to audiences, ensuring they have the best experience.

COMMUNITY MAKERS: You will help Knowsley’s communities to share untold stories through arts, culture and heritage events and projects.

HERITAGE MAKERS: You will be involved in research and archiving Knowsley’s untold Heritage, delivering alternative heritage tours, as-well as pop-up events celebrating local heritage in each town and village

What’s in it for you?

  • Be part of an unforgettable year for Knowsley
  • Get priority tickets to attend artistic and cultural events and experiences
  • Make new friends and have fun
  • Gain confidence
  • Develop professional skills and experience and a reference for your CV
  • Access training opportunities
  • An end of year celebration for all of our amazing volunteers

In return you will receive full training a limited-edition volunteer t-shirt and your expenses will be covered.

Knowsley’s Borough of Culture Volunteer Programme has been made possible with support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, the volunteer programme received funding for a volunteer coordinator role as well as training and expenses for the volunteers taking part.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities said: “Knowsley’s Borough of Culture Year is going to offer up some real surprises and create magical memories we will all be talking about for years to come.

“Mobilising an events programme as of this scale this is going to take some people power and you could be front and centre at some of the most exciting cultural moments our borough has ever seen. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, share new experiences and grow your networks.”

If you are interested in getting involved contact our volunteer Coordinator by email Claire.Bigley@knowsley.gov.uk or on 07500 765041

About Borough of Culture

The Borough of Culture title was introduced by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. It is awarded annually on a rotational basis to one of the six local authorities that make up the Liverpool City Region.

The Borough of Culture is part of the 1% for Culture initiative which commits at least 1% of the Liverpool City Region’s annual gain share (£300k) to cultural projects/activities. Established as an annual award rotating around the boroughs, the Borough of Culture helps to celebrate, amplify and strengthen the existing cultural offer, develop new ideas and initiatives that will underpin future development and legacy.

Liverpool City Region is the first Combined Authority to have control over culture in its devolution deal, utilising many of the region’s existing assets and talent to stimulate cultural and creative opportunities.

The Borough of Culture was first launched in St Helens in 2018, followed by Wirral 2019, Sefton 2020, Halton in 2021 and is currently held by Knowsley for 2022. The programme rotation will recommence in 2023 back in St Helens.

 About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

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