BANGOR PIER VOLUNTEERS

Plans are under way to create a Bangor Pier Enterprise Group comprising the City of Bangor Council, the private businesses that operate on the pier, and a community volunteers group - the Bangor Pier Volunteers (BPV). There are already several organisations within the city for people who love the Garth Pier and they provide a useful forum via social media for sharing stories, posting photos, and discussions on the possible options for the development of the pier. However, we also need a community 'working' group, with all of its members being active volunteers participating fully in one or more of the activities shown in the list on this page.

Anyone regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, political, religious or other opinions can become a Bangor Pier Volunteer, provided they are prepared to accept that their personal opinions may not be shared by others and are tolerant of opposing views. There will be a wide range of tasks that volunteers can undertake and no specific qualification is needed. However, most people have skills of one kind or another, from having a confident and sympathetic approach when meeting and talking to other people, practical DIY skills, experience of sales and marketing, presentation skills, Information Technology expertise, and many others. However, full training will be given to all volunteers as part of their induction.

Volunteers are unpaid and there is no legal contract between them and the organisation for which they work. Instead, a written agreement can be used to set out both the organisation's commitment to its volunteers and what it hopes for from its volunteers. This agreement can act as a reference point for the volunteers and a reminder to the organisation of the importance of meeting standards of good practice. The agreement will also contain a clear statement that the agreement is binding in honour only and is not intended to be a legally binding contract between the organisation and the volunteer and that neither party intends any employment relationship or other worker relationship to be created. A more detailed explanation of the management of volunteer groups is contained in the webpage of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action(WCVA) via the link on this page.

In order to provide a formal structure for BPV, the most appropriate model for a community group which will work closely with the local authority is being investigated. It is essential that the correct structure is chosen from the outset. Formal recruitment of volunteers has not yet commenced but anyone interested in applying when the relevant systems are in place can send an informal expression of interest via email to enquiries@bangorpier.org

Two examples of where volunteers play a central role in the operation of a pier are Clevedon Pier and Swanage Pier. Potentail volunteers for Bangor Pier may wish to visit their websites to see the range of duties volunteers carry out at those piers. The websites can be accessed via the links shown elsewhere on this page.