Barnaby Volunteers

You are an army of enthusiastic and hard working people who come from far and wide to assist in delivering the Macclesfield Barnaby Festival.  Some people offer a couple of hours in total, others make a regular commitment in the months leading up to festival in a number of different areas.

Click here to sign up to be a 2020 volunteer

by completing a short form

Volunteer Roles

There are many ways to volunteer, depending on where the festival is in the planning process. Here are some of the roles:

Front of House – taking tickets on the door, welcoming the public, ushering and assisting venue managers

Venue Management – working with artists/performers and technical teams, managing front of house team, liaising with festival management team and venue owner

Make Do and Mend Team – small DIY or construction jobs, producing structures or fixing up venues

Admin Support Team – provide clerical, database or other duties in the Barnaby office

Barnaby Ambassadors  – attending public events to promote the festival and make new contacts

Marketing and Media team – develop media contacts, write press releases, manage social media, direct mail, organise promotion, support website team

Web – develop functionality, write and manage content

Way Marking & Signage Team – design, make, paint or sew materials to animate town centre and direct public; design, create and manage the evolving Barnaby ‘washing lines’.

Project & Event Managers and Assistants – develop and/or run anything from a large-scale concert to micro-happening

Stewarding – at visual art exhibitions, outdoor events or indoor performances

Distribution Team – get marketing materials to shops and offices in a small geographical area, become the Barnaby Rep’!

Runners and Helpers… general last-minute tasks, trouble-shooting and running around!


It is important you know what you’ve signed up for.  Please review these documents:

Volunteer Formal Agreement

Working with Volunteers Policy

Code of Practice for Representing Barnaby

Sign Up

Sign up as a 2020 volunteer and we’ll be in touch for a chat. You’ll also receive the Volunteer Newsletter.

Support Barnaby in Other Ways

We’re a registered charity, powered by volunteers.  If you can’t give your time, please consider donating or helping us ‘in-kind’ in some other way.  Drop us a line

Photos by Teneight Studios, Fiona Bailey & Matt Davenport