Volunteering Resources

Film Hub South West & West Midlands recognises that volunteers play a vital role in the film exhibition sector, providing much needed support to film festivals, community cinemas and cross-arts venues.

Volunteers give their time and experience in many different ways, as ushers, Front of House staffers, event-stewards, storytellers, tour guides, archivists and even fundraisers. Here you will find a range of examples of how organisations draw on volunteers, ‘top tips’ for organisations wishing to attract more volunteers, and recommendations on how to develop volunteer support over the long-term.

This guide has been devised to help develop good practice in new and existing volunteering initiatives and to give information and advice on policies and procedures which are relevant to running a professional volunteering programme. 

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Many organisations find it helpful to have a 'volunteer policy' in place to summarise in a single document how they will recruit, involve and support volunteers.
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The independent charity Volunteering England defines ‘volunteering’ as: ‘any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives.’
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This guidance is principally aimed at volunteers and volunteer involving organisations and relates to the disclosure and barring system as it currently exists.  
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Child protection and safeguarding can present real challenges, knowing what measures legally need to be put in place to safeguard children, as well
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We recognise that volunteers play a vital role in the independent film exhibition sector and that many organisations would not be able to operate effectively without them.