OVER 230 residents have signed up to make a difference as a volunteer Event Maker at the UK’s largest free event in 2018.

The Event Makers Programme has recruited and trained 233 volunteers to help deliver the iconic The TallShips Races Sunderland 2018.

 
This evening (Thursday 14 June) The Mayor of The City of Sunderland, Councillor Lynda Scanlan hosted many of the Event Makers at Sunderland Civic Centre as a sign of appreciation of their commitment and enthusiasm.

Councillor Scanlan said: “As a city we are grateful for the hard-work and dedication of this fantastic team of Event Makers, who, with their wide range of interests, skills and experiences who are helping us to deliver such an iconic event as The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

“There are dozens of roles to play in this and other upcoming fantastic city events. 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. Without their help, this occasion would not be happening so it is great to see so many residents who are proud of their city and are willing to take part and help make this event one to remember”

Everyone taking part has received training to achieve NVQ level 1 in Volunteering. Working with Sunderland College, and many participants also took the option to complete the training and study requirements for NVQ level 2 in Customer Services.

Event Maker roles at The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018  include: event support, staffing crew and volunteer centres, site dressing, welcoming visitors, site and event information, assisting with crew activities, Ships Liaison Officers and Ship Technical Liaison Officers.

Glenn Hoyle who will be a technical Liaison Officer Team Leader, said: “So far volunteering for The Tall ShipsRaces has been fun, exciting, rewarding and hard work too. When I heard about the chance to be part of this fantastic event I jumped at it and I’m really pleased I did. I’ve met some great people so far and can’t wait for the ships to arrive and the celebration to begin.”