As an important part of the Symphony For Life programs, we strongly encourage the communities to develop informal, voluntary, parent and community support groups - self-elected and self-run. They can help to fill in the gaps that the programs either overlook or are less capable of undertaking in an expedient manner, e.g. cleaning up rehearsal spaces, helping set up the music stands, and other housekeeping things.
These groups also can organise after-concert events and parties for the students, provide snacks and beverages during concerts, and supervise students more generally (ensuring that they are where they need to be at whatever time they need to be there). They could hold their own fundraising events to help pay for these parties, to help students from less financially capable families with transportation or instrumental materials. Not every parent can or will participate; participation is always on a voluntary basis, and this is important to emphasise. It's there for the parents and friends, not the other way around.
The value in this is three-fold - firstly it provides a role in the program for the parents and friends community, doing what they do best in a positive, constructive way; secondly it reinforces a positive relationship between the parents and the children, empowering the parents to be actively and positively involved in their children's program; and thirdly, it's of wonderful support and assistance for the program, whose teachers are trying to focus on working with and focusing on the children in their music sessions.
Symphony For Life Foundation will support this through the volunteer process within its programming.