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Sunderland College train Tall Ships volunteers

Sunderland College is contributing to the success of a high profile cultural event by preparing and expertly training volunteers for a variety of roles.

The College has been preparing over 200 volunteers for Event Maker roles at the Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 event, which will take place from Tuesday 10 July until Saturday 14 July.

Volunteers have been fully trained for a variety of roles include Ship Liaison Officer, Technical Liaison Officer, Event Support and Event Coordinator.

All volunteers took part in 3 days of training at the College’s Bede campus and received a Volunteer Award certificate. The volunteers, ranging from 18 years old to 70 years old and over, included staff and students from the College.

Heather Harrop, Curriculum Manager for Employability and Community at Sunderland College, said:

“This has been a fantastic collaboration between Sunderland College and the Tall Ships organisers at Sunderland Council.

“Each volunteer had a different level of knowledge and understanding of Tall Ships events and volunteering. Some had previously worked at other Tall Ships events across the region. The volunteers have embraced the training, building a positive Tall Ships Event Maker community.”

Sunderland will welcome a majestic fleet of Tall Ships to take part in a four day festival of culture and entertainment across the city. The ships will visit Sunderland before setting sail in spectacular style to compete in the first leg of The Tall Ships Races 2018.

Ian Flannery, Tall Ships Project Manager, said:

“The College has done a fantastic job in preparing the Tall Ships Event Makers for their volunteering roles. As well as the valuable accredited training, the sessions have provided them with a welcoming, friendly environment in which they can get to know one another and begin to form the relationships and team bonds that will make them effective contributors to the Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.”

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