Volunteering for Ryde Carnival

Would you be interested in volunteering for Ryde Carnival Association?

Ryde Carnival Association is an entirely voluntary body entrusted with maintaining the 129-year tradition of Ryde Carnival. Our prime responsibility is to safely plan the largest event of its kind in Ryde each year; ensuring that street closures are in place, providing insurance, first aid and stewarding, liaising with local councils and the police. Publicising the event to ensure that all the hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators all arrive at the right time on the right day in the right place. Negotiating support from our sponsors and collecting cash from the crowds on the night. Thinking up new ideas for fund raising and putting them into practice. Managing the Processions, organising the judges, maintaining the website, producing and selling the Programme, and so on. Then there’s the float – we build it ourselves – the Queens, their costumes, chaperoning, transportation. There’s a lot to do.

We are always glad to hear from people who are considering volunteering for any aspect of this work. In particular we need help with stewarding and collecting on the days of the carnival. We are always happy for people to approach us with ideas for fund raising, and help in carrying these ideas out. Anyone interested in helping can email on rydecarnival@talktalk.net