Wednesday 11 December 2013, 10:06
When I first saw the advert for the Face-2-Face training scheme from BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility in Bristol, I knew straight away that this is something that I wanted to do. This was a unique opportunity for me as it would give the knowledge and networks that I lacked, and it was at a time where I was still able to work. Now that I have finished the programme I must admit I completely underestimated the breadth of what we would learn.
It’s really inspiring looking at the work going on, learning about the various aspects of it and seeing the many places you would fit in. I have come out of the programme knowing a number of things about the technology used the production process, how the ideas are brought to life and even writing a CV – the importance of which many of us underestimate. These topics were all taught by people who worked in the industry and so they spoke from experience. But it wasn’t all talk, we often had the opportunity to create and build based on what we had learnt. We worked through scenarios - putting our learning into practice and even went onto the streets of Bristol to film with a range of different equipment, We even learnt how to do animation...
Thursday 14 November 2013, 16:29
Saturday 21st September was the Big Dig Edible Gardens Open Day, a nationwide event to highlight the great work of community gardens and their volunteers. I co-ordinate the Big Dig project in Greater Manchester for the Kindling Trust, and was thrilled to bits when BBC volunteers Duncan Bloor and Caroline Ward agreed to make a film of the day.
The aim was to show off all the community gardening happening in Greater Manchester, to act a snapshot in time to record where we are in terms of community food production.BBC volunteers Duncan and Caroline with the Chatterbox Project
We visited three gardens, starting with The Greenfingers project, part of Chatterbox in Charlestown, Salford, where five community gardeners were busy tidying up their raised, beds, planting spring bulbs, and generally getting ready for winter. After a bowl of heartening beef stew and a lovely chat with everyone involved, we headed off, inspired by the difference a handful of dedicated people can make to their neighbourhood.BBC volunteer Duncan interviewing a gardener at the Northern Quarter
Next stop was the Northern Quarter, specifically the gardens maintained by a hardy bunch of local residents known as...
Tuesday 29 October 2013, 11:38
After seeing an advert for volunteers to take part in a special community orchestra to celebrate BBC Radio Cumbria' 40th Birthday, I decided to go along and broaden my horizons with a new challenge. Initially I roped in my best friend Gill for the taster session, and then my daughter Lydia. I personally haven't sang since I was very young and so felt a little apprehensive as to what was ahead!
At the taster session we met Barry Russell the Musical Director who advised us we would be making a piece of music to be performed alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra ('wow'). The choir was introduced to Anna Flannaghan, our vocal coach, who inspired us all with her fabulous enthusiasm and energy that she portrayed. After completing the taster session I was buzzing, felt exhilarated, a great sense of achievement and pride in myself and definitely wanting to do more. I looked forward to the next sessions, there being 3 in total. Each session left me with an ear worm of the music we had made and practiced through the day. It was surprising how fast the piece came together working alongside the orchestra.
D Day arrived on Saturday 19th October at Whitehaven Sports Centre. We arrived at 11.30...
Tuesday 22 October 2013, 16:28BBC volunteers harvesting potatoes.
As much of our normal working day is spent at a computer, creating Study Guides for KS3 and GCSE students, signing-up to FarmStart’s Land Army gave us a chance to work together doing something very different, away from the office, whilst learning more about growing vegetables and organic farming.
“The day was a fantastic opportunity to get to know team members outside...
Thursday 17 October 2013, 12:07
My name's Mike and I’m a BBC Tour Guide at BBC Broadcasting House. I have the privilege of taking the public around the new building, and the renovated original Broadcasting House - in 1932 the first purpose built broadcast centre in the world.
The best thing about my job is finding information, history or tit bits that really make a connection with people individually. The BBC means something different to everyone and that’s the challenge but also what’s so lovely about the tour experience. It’s a pleasure to share your enthusiasm with equally enthusiastic guests, and the Silver Sunday...
Friday 11 October 2013, 05:40
It was a dark, stormy, wet night – exactly the kind any film-maker dreads for a premier in London. A soaked red carpet, a damp fire-eater and lots of ruined hair-dos. The omens were not auspicious, particularly since one thing 6 months of working with the people on the White City Estate had taught me is that there’s a widespread allergy to venturing outside in the rain.
Is it the multi-cultural make-up of the community, where half the residents can trace their recent genes back to hotter, drier shores? Is it that the flats behind the solid red-brick exteriors are warm and cosy? Or is it the...
Monday 7 October 2013, 11:09
I don't generally dwell on the question of “Why?” If there is a need I do it, or at least I try. However, I was recently jarred by a very stark answer to that question I do not ask. When I attempted to talk about it, I did so battling back an unexpected churn of emotion.
The cause of my disorientation was a film commissioned by BBC Outreach and produced by Benjamin Till and Landsky, “Tales of the White City”.
I have, for some years, been Chairman of White City Residents' Association and the Urban Partnership...
Monday 23 September 2013, 11:44
My name is Olivia and I am a sixth form student currently studying for my final year of A levels. I had the fantastic opportunity to take part in a work experience scheme run by BBC Outreach and was even lucky enough to work alongside their department!Mary, Olivia, Gia, Zak, Thea and Aaraa with their certificates in front of the TARDIS
Before receiving my placement on the scheme, I had no idea about the kind of career I wanted to pursue. I knew that I loved English and wanted to study it further at university, but as far as a career went, I was utterly clueless.
However, BBC Outreach provided...
Thursday 29 August 2013, 13:58
I’m a Business Analyst in Future Media Children’s, based at BBC North. Before July this year, I hadn’t taken part in a volunteering programme before, but when I noticed that the Manchester International Festival were looking for volunteers, I jumped at the chance.
After submitting a short application form, I was selected to go for an interview in March, and was subsequently accepted onto the programme. Then followed an induction session before I became one of over 400 official Festival volunteers – a small army!
The Manchester International Festival ran from 4-21 July 2013, and is a biennial...
Thursday 8 August 2013, 16:16
I’m Frith and I work for BBC Knowledge and Learning online. I have both a professional and a personal interest in big data and how we communicate it (whether through infographics or through cool new apps that make use of data sources). So imagine how pleased I was when, into my inbox, landed an Outreach volunteering opportunity that would give me front-line access to some brand new thinking about open data, in the very building where I work, no less!
Young people planning their project at the Festival of Code
I volunteered to become a mentor at the Festival of Code. It is one week-long...