Ambassadors

The Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University (Lancaster Arts) Ambassador Scheme aims to empower volunteers to actively participate in the work of Lancaster Arts, engage with strategic decision making and inspire other volunteers, while helping to develop leadership and communication skills.

Ambassadors undertake roles including speaking to a range of audiences, supporting outreach and programme delivery and contributing their views to influence strategy and help shape our volunteer and public programme.

Ambassadors volunteer in the role for up to one year. Ambassadors are welcome to apply for the same, or other Ambassador roles, at the start of every academic year.

IS IT FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME?

We encourage applications from non-students and students of all disciplines. We look for role models who will inspire other volunteers to work as a team to achieve collective goals. You can apply if you are signed up to be a volunteer or are a Lancaster Arts Supporter.

You must commit to complete a minimum of four volunteer shifts over the course of the year to be considered for the role.

All Ambassadors are asked to attend a regular monthly meeting with Lancaster Arts to propose and discuss future projects and report on existing Ambassador initiatives.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME? 

  • high quality training package
  • regular contact and support from a member of staff 
  • wide range of roles and opportunities to participate in the work of Lancaster Arts
  • regular socials and a final celebration event
  • practical work experience and career guidance
  • completes key elements of the Lancaster Award

PARTICIPANTS CAN: 

  • develop leadership and communication skills
  • get involved in the work of Lancaster Arts
  • make a real contribution to their community and inspire other volunteers
  • make local and national connections in the arts sector
  • network with leaders and decision makers in the public and private sector
  • meet other people in the volunteer and Ambassador network

THE ROLES ON OFFER

All Lancaster Arts Ambassador Roles aim to provide you with experience of a creative organisation with particular reference to coordination of people and projects, the generation of contacts and administration.

All roles and responsibilities of Lancaster Arts Ambassadors will be directly supported by Lancaster Arts staff in regular monthly meetings. Staff will provide advice, guidance and contacts to move projects forward.

The roles outlined below are flexible and can be altered in conversation with the Engagement Manager to accommodate your particular strengths and interests prior to appointment.

All Ambassador Roles, in the broadest sense, aim to:

i.) Inspire friends, family, colleagues and your networks to engage with the work of Lancaster Arts: as supporters, participants, volunteers and audience.

ii.) Lead by example as part of the larger volunteer team to create a welcoming, friendly, supportive and enjoyable atmosphere for all.

Ambassadors are actively encouraged to contribute creative ideas and propose new volunteer action and initiatives to achieve these aims.

 

AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

  • oversee and coordinate the work of all Ambassadors with the support of Lancaster Arts staff
  • ensure Ambassadors generate clear and fair coverage of all of our work: equal waiting given to both Gallery and Theatre/Performance work
  • act as face of the Ambassador and volunteer scheme in strategy meetings with Lancaster Arts and University staff when appropriate
  • attend and chair/co-chair regular monthly meetings with the Ambassador team and Lancaster Arts staff
  • act as first point of contact for Lancaster Arts staff for updates on progress of Ambassador’s work outside of monthly meetings
  • Lead on fundraising, programming and organising end of year Ambassador celebration and networking event
  • work closely with the Volunteer Liaison Ambassador to ensure all volunteers feel comfortable, confident, supported and enjoy being part of the volunteer team
  • help promote and populate volunteer shifts amongst existing volunteers

 

VOLUNTEER NETWORK AMBASSADOR

  • work closely with the Ambassador Programme Coordinator to ensure all volunteers feel comfortable, confident, supported and enjoy being part of the volunteer team
  • act as first point of contact for volunteers and help promote and populate volunteer shifts amongst existing volunteers
  • organise regular social events for all volunteers
  • lead on research and initiatives to attract new volunteers

Ambassador roles are shaped by you. In this role for example you might want to…

  • review, suggest and implement where appropriate, improvements to volunteer induction and training
  • organise and/or man a stall at recruitment and fresher’s fairs

 

MARKETING AMBASSADOR

  • lead on initiatives to promote specific events or exhibitions at Lancaster Arts
  • help curate and generate digital content for our social media sites
  • help generate more followers and supporters across our social media sites Ambassador roles are shaped by you.

In this role for example you might want to… 

  • start a monthly e-newsletter to keep volunteers and Ambassadors abreast of ‘what we’ve been doing this month’ 
  • write blog posts for the Lancaster Arts webpage 
  • coordinate a team of volunteer bloggers, vloggers or photographers to help cover our work 
  • review or encourage others to review Lancaster Arts productions for external parties
  •  organise promotional events (for instance flash mobs) or marketing campaigns

 

CAMPUS AMBASSADOR

  • advocate and promote the work of Lancaster Arts on campus
  • make connections with societies and colleges to raise awareness about event both on and off campus
  • oversee on campus Ambassador lead activity, for instance stalls on Alexander Square, including liaising with LUSU and other external on campus organisations, businesses or departments

Ambassador roles are shaped by you. In this role for example you might want to… 

  • organise and/or man a stall at recruitment and fresher’s fairs

 

CITY AMBASSADOR

  • advocate and promote the work of Lancaster Arts off campus
  • oversee off campus Ambassador lead activity including liaising with external partners, organisations and businesses

Ambassador roles are shaped by you.In this role for example you might want to…

  • meet or make connections with local societies and community groups to raise awareness about specific Lancaster Arts events
  • take posters and flyers across town to be placed in key locations

APPLY

To apply please download an Ambassador application form.

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