Bristol Pride festival runs on the power of volunteers – without your invaluable support, we simply couldn’t do it.
There are lots of ways to volunteer at Bristol Pride. Take a look at the roles below to see how you could help.
“It was an absolute honour to be able to be part of it. It was so much fun and I loved it, I thought everything was very well organised. I can’t wait to do it again!” – Bristol Pride Volunteer
To say thank you for giving your time to Bristol Pride, we offer all our volunteers:
You can register your interest here and we’ll alert you when applications are open.
Take a look at our roles below and scroll down and read our FAQ below to find out more.
If you’re not sure what role would suit you best or want to chat about any of the roles, contact us. If there is something you feel you can offer Bristol Pride that isn’t on the list or if you have any questions about any of the roles, we’d love to hear from you – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Pride Gate Champions are the first people that attendees see and welcome everyone to Bristol Pride festival. One of the main ways we raise money for Bristol Pride is through selling wristbands that give people discounts across the site and on travel. You will scan or sell Pride Day wristbands and encourage people to donate. You will also ensure that they get into the arena safely.
This is a busy role and we anticipate people arriving straight after the parade. This role is great for those who enjoy working with people and want to really feel the excitement of Pride. If you’re looking to build your confidence in working with people, this is a great role for you.
Pride Gate Supervisors
We’re strengthening our team this year and are looking for volunteers who have experience of supporting gates either at Bristol Pride or elsewhere. If you think you can help, contact email@example.com
Pride is a protest! We use our political voice to amplify, maintain and further LGBT+ human rights in Bristol and beyond. We welcome everyone who wants to celebrate, champion and progress LGBT+ and human rights to join us. Bristol Pride Parade relies on volunteers to ensure the successful running of the parade and to ensure the safety of those who attend. We are expanding and strengthening our team this year and therefore our volunteer roles look slightly different than in previous years.
Parade Static Stewards
This is a great role if you want to see the whole parade. You’ll be working with our traffic management team on our road closures and ensuring that people are able to enjoy the parade safely. This is a key role, and you’ll be buddied up to support each point along the parade. We’ll be providing a full brief in advance to make sure you know where you’ll be and what you’ll be doing.
Parade Walking Stewards
This is a fun and engaging role that means you can still take part in the parade whilst helping to keep it moving. You will be placed in amongst the parade, walking with it ensuring that everyone keeps to the right side of the road and that the parade keeps moving swiftly. If you have a keen eye for safety and want to be involved in the parade, this role is for you.
We are looking for 8 volunteers who can support our parade coordination team to keep the parade together and moving. You’ll be working as a team to flag any gaps and issues, and ensuring people leave Castle Park in a timely way. You’ll need to be confident and have good communication skills for this role. Ideally, you’ll have volunteered with the parade before and would like to get more involved, please get in touch.
We are looking for volunteers to support our Youth Area at Bristol Pride. Every year we create a safe, friendly, fun and non-alcoholic space for young people and by young people. This is an opportunity for young people at pride to celebrate, make new friends and get involved in fun and engaging activities. The youth area is run by two experienced LGBTQ+ youth workers and hosts a programme of activities informed by young people themselves. This years’ activities will include craft activities, group games and some workshops for young people to get involved in.
We’d love to hear from QTIBPOC young people and those with experience of social and community spaces.
Our Access Champions are here to support disabled people to fully enjoy Bristol Pride. They do this by supporting a number of functions across the site such as overseeing our viewing platforms and helping to keep our access routes clear, welcoming people and wristbanding on our accessible gate and being positioned around the site as a point of contact for anyone who might have questions or need support.
You will be part of a team of people providing support to those who need it and will be supported by our Coordinator who is responsible for accessibility on site. Ahead of Pride Day, you will be invited to a briefing and we will organise who will be positioned where and at what time.
Creative Workshop facilitators
We are looking for people to run workshops throughout Pride Day which celebrate LGBT+ lives in fun and creative ways. If you have an idea for a workshop, are able to communicate your ideas and are good with people, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Workshop support
As well as facilitators, we will need people to support delivering the workshops. If you enjoy being creative and working with others, volunteer to support one of our creative workshops. Get in touch email@example.com
Volunteer with our Decor Coordinator to make the site look and feel fantastic. You could be putting up installations, banners and dressing the stage in preparation for our big day. You’ll need good mobility for getting around the site and have a creative eye for detail.
For more information about this role, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Each area of Bristol Pride has its own feel. Our Area Coordinators play a pivotal part in ensuring the smooth running of each area. You’ll be liaising with performers, stall holders, community organisations and anyone else who is participating in that area. You’ll be our eyes and ears on the ground, making sure the area is safe liaising with our event team to call in any issues that arise.
We are looking for people to help with the following areas
Family Area Coordinator
Creative Workshop Area Coordinator
We’re looking for people who are well organised, good with people and are able to problem solve. Ideally you’d have some experience coordinating or organising some sort of event previously, however if you have the skills, commitment and enthusiasm to be involved, we’d love to hear from you.
We’re also looking for people to be our Wellbeing Fairies to support our volunteers around the site on Pride day.
To find out more about what is involved send an email with a little bit about yourself to email@example.com
Social Media team
Our Social Media Team capture the atmosphere and essence of Bristol Pride Parade and Pride Day celebrations for our socials so we can share the fun. As part of our social media team, you’ll be working with, and briefed by our Marketing Manager. You’ll create content that reflects Bristol Pride to be shared and streamed across our platforms.
We are looking for talented content creators who want some real life experience and feel they can assist our small team and contribute to Pride Day and other events during the festival.
If you have experience of using social media to promote an event, idea or yourself, get in touch.
If you have any questions about this role, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pride Hub opens on Monday 3 July until Friday 7 July in the Vestibules Space of City Hall on College Green. It’s open 12-6 and we need volunteers to help in the hub with wristband exchanges, Pride Merch exchanges and it’s also a space where people can come and pick up a Pride Festival Guide and maybe ask a question or two.
We need volunteers for the Weekdays 12-6 from Monday 3 July – Friday 7 July, Either the afternoon or a 3 hour shift.
Email us at email@example.com to let us know what day(s) you can help with and what hours you can do.
Most of our roles are on the website. Some involve standing and walking around, some are static. Most of our roles involve interacting with attendees which can be a lovely way to enjoy the day. If you want to speak to us about what would suit you best, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bristol Pride is a busy event with a lot of people. There is music all day and it can be very loud and can be crowded at times. You will need to be comfortable being in this kind of environment to volunteer.
Before the event, you will be invited to the volunteer induction session. You will have the option of joining this in person or online. At the session we will go through what will happen on the day, your role and prepare you for what will happen. We will also run through what you’ll do at the start of your shift.
Yes, this is possible for some of our roles. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Yes, you can. You’ll need to sign up separately and let me know that you want to be put together – this isn’t a problem at all
We try our best to ensure that accessibility isn’t a barrier to volunteering, however several of our roles do require you to stand or walk around the area. We always ask people for their access needs so will be in touch with to discuss these, or if you would like to talk before you make your decision, get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a call.
You need to be 16 or over to volunteer with Bristol Pride
We hold our volunteer party in September – we’ll send you information about this closer to the time. Please note this is different to the Pride day afterparties which you will need to purchase a ticket for if you wish to attend.
No, all volunteers will be given a Pride Day Supporter wristband which gives you free travel on Pride Day with First Bus (Bristol zone), free travel on the Pride shuttle, discounts or freebies with food traders on Pride Day, a dedicated festival entry lane. Please note that if you wish to attend the after parties you will need to buy tickets to these events.
No problem at all, email Ruby email@example.com and we’ll arrange a time to speak to discuss the options and we’ll find something that works for you