BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
Regional Co-ordinator (SBJ), North East Region
It was last summer that I first heard about plans for the first ever BBC Music Day and I was immediately excited about what the project is all about; bringing together musicians of all skills, ages and backgrounds on Friday 05 June to celebrate the music that’s important to them.
Being based as an Outreach & Corporate Responsibility project manager in Newcastle, I began to think about what we could do in the very North of England to mark Music Day in a big way. But it wasn’t until I had a couple of days’ holiday on Hadrian’s Wall in October that inspiration struck!
Hadrian’s Wall is one of England’s most iconic structures; construction work started in AD122 and it took the Romans 14 years to build the Wall, which stretches for 73 miles from Bowness in Solway on the West Cumbrian Coast, to Wallsend on the banks of the River Tyne in North Tyneside. The Wall marked the then-boundary between England and Scotland (although the modern-day border is further north.)
If you’ve ever been to the Wall then you’ll know that it snakes its way across some of the most stunningly beautiful and remote locations in the country. It is possible to stand next to the Wall at places like Banks East...
Head of Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
‘What do you want to do - read something someone else has written, or write it yourself?’ This was a first introduction to news presenting – not for trainee reporters in a TV studio – but for young people from Year 9 in a specially adapted BBC bus in a playground in Bristol.
I was at the City Academy Bristol for a scheme called Talent Ticket – a collaboration between BBC Outreach, the University of the West of England (UWE) and ten schools from disadvantaged areas of the City. Over the course of two weeks, a team made up of BBC Bristol staff, freelancers and UWE students delivered workshops in news, sports reporting, natural history programmes, film-making, animation, drama and television make up for around 1500 pupils. And in a school where English is a secondary language for many students, less formal workshops such as street dance and also Foley recording (specialist sound effects for wildlife programmes) went down well, too.
The project has been going for nearly five years and in that time over 5,500 young people have taken part.
BBC apprentice Billy Clarke in action
Production Co-ordinator, Religion and Ethics
Meet Alban 17, Jodie 15 and Grace 13.
Once a fortnight they attend Wigan and Leigh Young Carers, THE coolest youth club usually held at Sunshine House in Wigan.
My colleague Anna Taylor first told me about the Outreach opportunity to volunteer for a project involving the charity which offers support to children who are involved in caring for a family member.
Our mission was to produce a four minute promotional video, to be shown in schools, to promote Wigan and Leigh Young Carers to encourage more young carers to sign up.
Anna and I took up the challenge.
A production co-ordinator (PC) in Religion, I organise outside broadcasts and when recording music PC’s shot call and log, and in live TV galleries our responsibility is for timings, so we know all about working under pressure.
Left to right: Brenda, Alban, Jodie, Grace, Anna
As a researcher on Songs of Praise my BBC colleague Anna Taylor is at the centre of finding gripping stories and themes for our new format Sunday afternoon programmes and has some self-shooting...
Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC 5live
I am a big fan of skateboarding - the culture, the people, the ‘me and my board against the world’ attitude, and the fact that you are competing against your own fear or the lump of concrete or rail you are trying to land a trick on.
However, I am a useless skateboarder! My participation in the sport so far has extended to watching lots of documentaries online.
An ad on the BBC jobs site said that Outreach was looking for volunteer filmmakers to make a documentary on skateboarders in Manchester.
I have never made a film before – I currently work as an SBJ on 5live breakfast – but having...
Volunteering Manager, BBC Outreach
“Did you have to go to university to get your job?”
That was just one of the many questions from a group of Year 9 pupils from across Greater Manchester who came to a STEM careers event organised and hosted by BBC Outreach.
It was a great chance for 50 13-14 year olds looking at their GCSE options to take a closer look at the careers and pathways that science, technology, engineering and maths could lead to.
BBC Outreach recruited 12 volunteer STEM ambassadors from across BBC North who were able to step away from their jobs for the day to give practical demonstrations on their roles and...
BBC Senior Leadership Development Programme
I recently met up with James, Adrian, Lavantai, and Adrian who were all from Black African or Black British Caribbean backgrounds and they knew exactly what they liked and didn’t like on TV.
They have founded the Manchester-based group called Fathers' Against Violence and they were fantastic.
I felt privileged to be in the room with them.
I am a BBC Accredited facilitator so when the chance came up to return to Manchester to find out more about our audiences I was very happy to help.
I spent 8 years in Manchester until 2002– including being Editor of the Commonwealth Games Radio Station– so...
BBC trainee Kick Off sports reporter
I’m Adam Whitty, I’m 22 and from Bristol. If you had visited me before becoming a ‘Kick Off’ reporter, you would have found someone looking directly into a career related abyss. I was doing a Master’s in social research that I did not enjoy and did not want to pursue. At that stage I had never considered sports journalism to be part of the plan. Now, there is a real possibility that I could work in sports broadcasting for the rest of my life.
At the very least, I have experienced one of the most memorable and exciting periods of my life.
I spotted the ‘Kick Off’ scheme whilst searching the...
Web developer, BBC Children
I’m Emma, and I work as a web developer in the BBC Children’s Future Media team, although I studied animation at college.
In Children’s we are encouraged to get out and meet our audience, so I was excited when the opportunity came up to help Calico Creative to make an animated information video with children from local primary schools.
The animation encourages people to help reduce congestion immediately around schools. It is intended to demonstrate why congestion is a problem and suggests walking buses or drop-offs a little further away.
Calico Creative is a Burnley-based social enterprise,...
Assistant Producer BBC Sport interactive
“I am an Assistant Producer for BBC Sport’s interactive team – basically that means I make live and on-demand video content for the BBC Sport website and Red Button.
I love my job – it involves watching sport all day, so who wouldn’t?! – but I rarely get the opportunity to go out and about on shoots and I wanted to keep my filming skills up to date.
So volunteering to make a film for the Seashell Trust had two main benefits for me – the chance to develop my shooting, producing and editing skills, and also an opportunity to help out a local charity.
The Cheshire-based Seashell Trust is...
Producer and Director, BBC Children
“I grew up with the Charlie Says public information films on TV in the 70s and 80s warning against everything from playing with matches to talking to strangers.
So when I saw this volunteering project advertised internally I thought it would be a fun experience making a more modern version.
The film was based on a piece that Dramatic Action was touring around Bolton schools to highlight stranger danger.
They couldn’t keep up with demand so came to the BBC with the idea of making a film we have called Billy Bolton.
Dramatic Action is an adult community group from the local housing estate and...