PEOPLE are being encouraged to make a difference by signing up as a volunteer at the UK’s largest free event in 2018 before the deadline of Monday January 8 2018.

The Event Makers Programme, looks to recruit and support over 350 volunteers to help deliver the iconic The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

Councillor John Kelly, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, said: “As a city we are looking for a team of Event Makers, with a wide range of interests, skills and experiences to help deliver fantastic occasions such as The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

“There will be dozens of opportunities to play your part in this fantastic event. The Tall Ships Races will not only be important to Sunderland’s communities and economy but also to how our city is portrayed across the country and beyond.”

Everyone taking part will receive training to achieve NVQ level 1 in Volunteering. Working with Sunderland College, all participants will also have the option to complete the training and study requirements for NVQ level 2 in Customer Services free of charge.

“Volunteering can be fun, exciting rewarding and hard work too.  “We need your help to make it happen and I urge anyone who has ever thought about volunteering to make a New Year’s pledge to themselves to make the most of the opportunities that will be available next summer.”

Volunteering opportunities at The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 will include:

Event support, staffing crew and volunteer centres, site dressing, welcoming visitors, programme selling, site and event information, assisting with crew activities, Ships Liaison Officers and Ship Technical Liaison Officers.

For more information and to apply to become an Event Maker go to www.tallshipssunderland.com/get-involved/volunteers  or contact Ian Flannery on 0191 561 1397, email ian.flannery@sunderland.gov.uk