Liverpool Irish Festival is proud to work with volunteers. Our volunteers help us talk about the Festival; provide audiences with great experiences and help us to collect information. In a practical way, they help our venues deliver a wide variety of activities and shows, ensuring each is of great quality and enjoyable.

If the idea of joining our volunteer team appeals to you, read our Volunteer Pack.

This recruitment drive is primarily for front-of-house volunteers to assist with delivering #LIF2024 (17-27 Oct 2024; recruitment will begin in late summer/early autimn, so check back here later in the year), but we are additionally considering new applications to join our History Research Group, to work on the Liverpool Irish Famine Trail. If this interests you, please select this option on the form. Candidates are allowed to select both.

Festival volunteers

Our Festival volunteer cohort, help us to deliver the Festival programme. Volunteers attend events at agreed times, helping to set up; as well as meeting artists and venue partners and greeting audiences. You’ll help us to gather infomation and pack events down. This is a public-facing role. You can find out more about it in our Volunteer Pack.

Volunteers receiving positive reference referrals will be invited to a preliminary briefing session. There, you’ll hear more about the programme, collect a volunteer pack and select your shifts. The date of this briefing is arranged with you, nearer to the time, and will take place in Liverpool.

The Volunteer Pack

Our Volunteer Pack contains all you need to know (initially, at least!) about volunteering with us and it contains a link to a short, online application form.

How to apply

We have an online form for applications. The link is accessed via the Volunteer Pack. It mainly consists of checkbox selections or short, quick text answers.

The application form is arranged in clear sections. Initially it takes you through eligibility questions, so that if you are ineligible, we don’t waste your time collecting details we will not be able to use. Then we require:

  • your contact details
  • an emergency contact
  • a bit on why you want to volunteer with the Liverpool Irish Festival and how you found out about the opportunity
  • your medical history (only aspects that may affect your ability to perform volunteer duties)
  • equality and equity monitoring
  • two referees you will allow us to approach.

Monitoring questions about gender, ethnicity, nationality and age are important for us to collect, aggregate and share to demonstrate how we work equitably with our communities or spot groups we are missing. Such sections are not used as part of your recruitment; but collectively they build evidence about our working practices. Please complete as much as you can. You will not be able to move on to the next question unless an answer is complete. ‘Prefer not to say’ answers are provided and are valid.

We have tried to make this as easy to complete as possible.

Application deadline

Though applications for our History Research Group are rolling, applications for fron-of-house volunteers will not reopen until Sept/Oct 2024. Please check back here then, to make your application. Any applications made in advance of then will be kept on file until recruitment begins.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

You are not able to access the application form, unless you open and scoll through the PDF.

 Volunteer Pack.