Birnam Book Festival is run by volunteers, for the benefit of the community. The Committee members all provide their time throughout the year on a voluntary basis. One of our aims is to encourage community cohesion through volunteering and to support volunteers in their personal development.
In preparing for the Festival and delivering the Festival events themselves, there are a number of tasks where additional voluntary support is needed.
Volunteers are recruited on an ongoing basis, with peak drives each year to support Festival events and to ensure the smooth running of the organisation.
We require volunteers for a number of different roles. We will try to match available roles to the skills and development needs of volunteers. These include discrete roles or parts of a role or function, but are not limited to the below:
The Birnam Book Festival is committed to being an inclusive and welcoming organisation and we aim to provide events which attract a diverse audience and which are accessible to all.
We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and recognise that each volunteer is different, and all deserve an equal level of respect and equal access to opportunities, training and facilities.
We will provide all volunteers with induction, including the opportunity to attend a pre-Festival Volunteer induction session and a post-Festival feedback session.
We will ensure at events that members of the Birnam Book Festival Committee (Management Team) are always present and easily identifiable. Events will mainly take place in the Birnam Arts Institute which has professional staff on duty during the Festival. Should any situation arise which a volunteer finds difficult or challenging, they should refer to a member of the management Committee.
No information is held on volunteers without their written permission. Information is maintained according to Data Protection requirements.
Permission will be sought from volunteers if photographs of them or quotes by them are used in any publicity material.
Birnam Book Festival is committed to continuous improvement and promoting feedback from all our valued stakeholders. The views of volunteers will be sought and listened to, and set forums for these include but are not limited to, the post-event feedback / monitoring sessions which are used to improve how we deliver Festival Events going forward.