Join the team

Here in Winchester we have a small team of local volunteers who work together to encourage more organisations to open their doors and run events. And we’ve been pretty successful to date – following the relaunch in 2016 more than 40 events took place, in 2017 there were nearly 80, and plans for 2018 are already underway. Fabulous news for Winchester and the surrounding area but it does mean the local team of volunteers are now fully stretched curating the website, social media, and the printed programme alongside fundraising and identifying/supporting new and existing events.

Photographing our photographer Mike! (photographer becky)So, we are recruiting more HODs volunteers!

If you already know you want to join the team – click here. If you would like to find out more please continue reading.

What is a HODs Volunteer? HODs volunteers help in a variety of ways from fundraising for the programmes and events, to planning and promoting activities.. It’s about helping to create a fun, interesting and memorable festival and encouraging everyone to tell their friends about us.

What’s in it for you? If you also love Winchester’s history, architecture and culture then you will probably love working with us! In joining our team you will;

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated group of volunteers, and hopefully make new friends too.
  • Develop new and existing skills, and probably also discover something new about Winchester and the surrounding area.
  • Gain great personal satisfaction, since you have the opportunity to make a real difference to the festival.

What’s involved? We are looking for volunteers who can offer at least 2 to 3 hours of their time per week to take on one of the following roles;

    • Fundraising – take the lead on grant applications and sponsorship to enable us to put on new events as well as continue to run the website and print the programmes.
    • Social Media – take the lead on managing our Instagram account, and be part of the team writing content for and managing our website and Twitter account.
    • Organisational Development – help us develop our organisational structure and partnership agreements and recruit/manage festival volunteers.
    • Communications – develop excellent working relationships with local media, write copy for local media, help proof read the printed programmes and help promote HODs through social media.
    • Engagement – take the lead on evaluating the festival every year, and help us develop new ways of engaging local residents and visitors including schools.

DSCN1677 (2)Every year there is a HODs theme and so we will also be looking to everyone on the team for ideas for potential new events and buildings. Our lead coordinators will usually be responsible for encouraging new individuals and organisations to get involved, but if you have the personal contacts then don’t be surprised if you find yourself taking a leading role too and/or find yourself supporting some of the existing local event organisers to complete HODs paperwork and develop new events.

If you are interested click here for our volunteer form.

Please note

  • We will always aim to allocate tasks and roles that match your skills and interests. As we are only a small team sometimes we all have to undertake a task or activity that isn’t one we would normally choose! If this happens to you all we ask is that you help us to the best of your ability to complete the task/activity until such time we find someone else to take it on.
  • The dates for Heritage Open Days 2018 – Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th September
  • All of the roles are purely voluntary and these volunteer descriptions are not meant to be a legally binding one or an employment contract.

Heritage Open days volunteerOur volunteers must…

  • Be enthusiastic about our heritage.
  • Act in a friendly manner and deal with the public and individual event organisers in a polite and helpful way, whether that be in person or online.
  • Act and behave with maturity, honesty and reliability.
  • Maintain good standards in all of their activities.
  • Work well and properly communicate with other members of the team.
  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Ensure that they are legally entitled to volunteer within the UK.