Volunteering Strategy

Aberystwyth Musicfest Volunteering Strategy and Policy

Definition of volunteering – The definition commonly accepted across the UK and used by the Welsh Government is:
‘Volunteering is an important expression of citizenship and an essential component of democracy. It is the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of society and the community and can take many forms. It is undertaken freely and by choice, without concern for financial gain.’

Musicfest warmly welcomes the ongoing support of its many friends in the local community and further afield. In 2024 we would like to expand the range of opportunities for supporters through some defined volunteering roles in the months leading up to the Festival and during the Festival itself. Such roles would support publicity and fundraising events, welcoming audiences and students, giving and collecting feedback and reviews, and promoting the use of the Welsh Language.

What will volunteers bring to Musicfest?

  • Additional support for the smooth running and promotion of the Festival
  • A warm welcome to those attending Musicfest
  • A deeper engagement with our supporters, particularly those locally
  • An increased awareness of Musicfest in the local community

What will be the benefit to volunteers?

  • Experience of working for a festival
  • The chance to meet new friends with a common interest
  • The chance to promote classical musical appreciation and education

Volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds are welcomed and will be offered appropriate support.

Volunteer recruitment, supervision and organisation will be carried out by the administrators of MF in accordance with the MF Volunteer Code of Practice.

The volunteering programme will be reviewed each year to ensure that there are continued benefits to both Musicfest and the volunteers.

Aberystwyth Musicfest Volunteering Code of Practice

Musicfest volunteers will:

  • Be recruited so that the profile of volunteers aims to reflect that of the local community
  • Have reasonable induction and training for the role, and the policies and Code of Conduct
  • Be expected to commit to timekeeping, the Code of Practice and to dress appropriately
  • Have reasonable access to the Volunteer Organiser
  • Have an appointed person responsible for organising the detail of the role and supervising the volunteer
  • Be given a clearly defined role and hours
  • Will be covered by Musicfest’s public liability and employer’s insurance policy
  • Be encouraged to use the Welsh language

Musicfest volunteers will not:

  • Replace paid members of staff
  • Be expected to take on undue responsibility
  • Be asked to cover expenditure on behalf of Musicfest

Please note that for some roles, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required; this will be indicated clearly on the role description.

Settling differences – should disputes or differences occur, these should be raised immediately with the Volunteering Organiser for Musicfest, or with the Administrator.  Musicfest is committed to listening and settling disputes quickly and amicably.