Volunteer With Us

Do you have a passion for creativity but no outlet for your colourful expression? Well, The Vale may soon be your second home, as it is for so many. We are a centre for Carnival Arts’ based in Mossley, Tameside, where we make carnival in all shapes and forms. We are here to create, connect, and collaborate in North West England and beyond.

If this sounds like you, we are always looking for people with a little bit of spare time who would like to get involved. At The Vale there are a number of different ways to volunteer.

Whether you’re a creative individual with a passion for making carnival, or someone who has only seen one parade when they were 6, everyone is welcome to have a go. You’d be working alongside the leading carnival artists in the Northwest, learning skills, making and having fun at the same time.

We also have a live music programme with events every month or more. There are opportunities to get stuck in by volunteering on our box office or collecting glasses during our gigs. You get to come along to the gig for free and get to see the behind the scenes of how a grass roots music venue works.

We also have temporary volunteer roles which crop up from time to time, or if you’ve got some skills or interests that you’d like to explore whilst volunteering here, let us know and we’ll see if we can support your interests.

Volunteering Opportunities The Vale Offers and The Experience You Can Gain:

Cinema & venue gigs:

  • Experience selling and serving snacks (cinema) 
  • Box office (customer facing role) experience and cash handling
  • Opportunity to connect and help members of the local community attending
  • Watch the film/performance for free
  • Interesting and diverse programme to experience
  • Friendly team and audience to connect with 
  • Meet and network with other volunteers
  • Opportunity to support a local venue to provide great experiences for audiences


  • Experience working as a team to create a finished product
  • Organising costumes, spaces and puppets
  • Opportunity to learn new skills: batiking, sewing, painting, wire work…
  • Meet and network with other likeminded volunteers who also enjoy making and getting stuck in 
  • Feel part of the overall production of an event 
  • The opportunity to be part of wider events happening with Global Grooves
  • Become part of the Global Grooves carnival family 
  • Work alongside internationally acclaimed artists 
  • Creative industry experience


  • Experience crewing and helping with unloading at bigger carnival performances
  • Learn how we get folded and pack up puppets and costumes from the van onto the streets, always looking their best.
  • Learn some event logistics and keep our performers and participants safe and together
  • Parading with the cast of each performance
  • Helping with puppets and general costume changes with the performers
  • Opportunity to meet lots of lovely new people who have a passion for bringing carnival alive

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