BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
Volunteer Manager, Outreach
BBC Outreach Volunteering Manager, Marvin McKenzie, spotted an opportunity to connect two youth groups who were 200 miles apart. Marvin volunteered in his own time to support two communities uniting through common experience and a game of football.
I didn’t bank on my audience outreach workshop near BBC Elstree sparking an inspirational football exchange to Manchester between teenagers at risk of serious offending.
But then I met a policeman and a social inclusion worker, and the game was on.
PC Michael Wallace from the Met Police, and social inclusion workers Ashley Levien plus Kevin Lema from Barnet Kicks all work together to address and reduce offending behaviour through football.
Barnet works closely with young men from BAME backgrounds.
Michael uses the Kicks programme to engage with young black men who have had negative experiences with, or would be apprehensive of, the police.
After we first met, we discussed the similarities between our communities. We talked about some of the issues young men face – and how we could tackle them.
My own background is youth and community engagement and I have led many similar projects that brought services together to provide better...
BBC Team Assistant, E20
Caroline Morgan, BBC Team Assistant, E20 (A project to rebuild the EastEnders external set) brought her skills of working with young people to the BBC Radio Bristol WG Grace Schools project. The WG Grace project commemorated the 100th anniversary of the death of WG Grace, and through workshops inspired a new generation to appreciate one of Britain’s finest cricketers.
“Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence and self-esteem”.
In the past I have volunteered with hospitals and schools, so an opportunity to volunteer with BBC Outreach was music to my ears. At BBC Radio Bristol, I met the team who would be working on the WG Grace project, and then enjoyed a briefing session on the talented cricketer. I knew very little about him prior to the briefing so was nervous at the thought of giving a presentation to a group of school children who like sports.
Armed with the booklets and the information from the briefing session, I set off to ‘Colston Girls School’, were 12 keen listeners eagerly awaited my workshop.
WG Grace 100th anniversary commemoration event, in Bristol
Trainee Assistant Producer, Intern, BBC Asian Network
BBC Asian Network, Trainee Assistant Producer, Amrit Matharu, is on an internship through the charity Creative Access which supports BAME graduates with paid work placements in the media.
I wanted to volunteer because I thought it would be a fantastic experience to work with other people and have the chance to learn more about our audiences.
Working on the BBC 1Xtra Outreach Programme was a chance to work with students in Bradford ahead of 1Xtra’s concert, 1Xtra Live. The idea was to engage with a harder to reach audience from working class or BAME backgrounds. It was a chance to learn about their interests and how we can reflect that in the programmes we make at the BBC, as well as give young people a chance to find out more about careers in the media – something I was never exposed to before I began working in this industry!
Amrit at the 'Asian Media Awards 2015', BBC Asian Network won 'Station of the Year', and the show Amrit has been working on with presenter Noreen Khan won 'Best Radio Show of the Year.'
I’ve been in to schools and worked with young people before, so it really put my interaction skills to the test. It takes confidence to talk in...
Manager Staffing & Business, Production Operations, BBC News
BBC Staffing and Business Manager, Glen Bertram is a BBC Ambassador for StemNet, and during the recent STEM careers event in Salford he gave a practical demonstration of his role to Year-9 students.
It is extremely rewarding to tell students that skills in maths, science and IT could translate into a BBC job.
In my day job I am one of six managers who are responsible for BBC News in Production Operations, and for Studios which are responsible for all News Studios and Technical staff. Over the years, I have undertaken around 50 different Outreach projects, which have spanned a couple of...
Senior Broadcast Journalist BBC Midlands Today
As a trustee, BBC Senior Broadcast Journalist Joan Cummins brings her journalistic prowess to shape the direction of the not-for-profit organisation, ‘ Safeline’.
Safeline works with survivors of sexual abuse, and through a large team of counsellors and therapists it offers free counselling and services to adults and children aged over 11 who were sexually abused.
‘The most important thing always is the survivor they are supporting’
What do you do when an elderly woman weeps as she relives her teenage years and tells you how she was repeatedly abused and raped by someone she should have...
Current Affairs Executive, BBC Radio
BBC Radio Current Affairs Executive, Hugh Levinson brings his editorial expertise to the monthly prison radio programme - ‘Outside In’. It reflects life on the ‘outside’ for former inmates, and is made by BBC producers as a result of a collaboration between BBC Outreach and National Prison Radio.
NPR is the world’s only national prison radio system and is available across most cells in English prisons. It trains inmates at four centres in the skills of radio production and presentation.
The results from NPR are great – it features a lively schedule which starts with the breakfast programme...
A-level student Nia Dalton volunteered at the BBC’s recent Talent Ticket Roadshow in Bristol. Talent Ticket is designed for year-9 students across 10 of the most disadvantaged schools in Bristol, and aims to present students with an alternative career path in TV.
I benefitted from the week massively, and it confirmed I am eager to pursue the path of journalism.
I am currently studying English Language, Media Studies and Geography in my second year of A-Levels at the CLF Sixth Form Partnership, Bristol. I wish to pursue an under-graduate degree at university, followed by a post-graduate...
Broadcast Assistant, BBC Sport
BBC Sport Broadcast Assistant, Shajan Miah brought his digital expertise to the BBC UK-wide initiative - ‘Make It Digital’, while working with Outreach on a six week attachment. The ‘Make It Digital’ 2015 campaign has been inspiring a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology.
“I am passionate about inspiring young people to follow their dreams’’.
Volunteering is important to me and in my free time I am a Trustee with an anger management charity, I work with ex-offenders and also with young people in schools. When the opportunity came up to join...
BBC Safety Advisor, English Regions & Drama
Peta Houlden, BBC Safety Advisor, English Regions & Drama has been volunteering with Outreach as a school governor.
BBC Outreach holds a partnership with SGOSS – Governors for Schools, which matches BBC volunteers with governor vacancies in schools across English regions.
"I realise how much I have learnt and put into use in my personal and professional life".
I found volunteering at my children’s primary school most rewarding. By chance, a very exciting opportunity to volunteer as a governor in another school came out of a lunchtime session I attended with BBC...
Jenny Wilkes & Ben Toone & Izzy
BBC Coding Organiser & Social Media Producer & Young Coder
During the last week of July BBC Birmingham was one of around 50 UK centres where young coders developed apps, websites, games and digital prototypes in preparation for the Festival of Code hack event at the ICC from July 31st – 2nd August.
Under the mentorship of BBC staff seven teams of 25 youngsters aged 10-18 years built their prototypes and then presented their projects to judges at the Festival of Code.
BBC Partnerships Manager Jenny Wilkes who was the joint event organiser of the coding week with young coders in BBC Birmingham...