BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
Service Assurance Manager, BBC Engineering
“Working in BBC Engineering it can sometimes be easy to forget there is an audience ultimately at the end of our services. My role in the BBC is to assure the technology services provided by the Atos Technology Framework Contract.
Each day is widely different but very much focussed on the underpinning technology which provides our output and supports a variety of people working across the BBC to produce our content and keep the BBC working.
When an opportunity came up to volunteer at an audience Outreach event it seemed a perfect way for me to spend some time with the people who are our consuming the content we help to provide.
The BBC Experience is a purpose built pop-up stand that is touring the country and engaging with audiences across the different regions. The stand showcases the wide breadth of content that the BBC offers, and allows audiences to interact directly with our content in an engaging way.
Activities that visitors can take part in include reading the news and presenting the weather, making a radio drama, and commentating on a sports match.
Claire with Funella and Elmo
Scheduling Planner, BBC Academy
I’m currently working as a Scheduling Planner for the BBC Academy based at MediaCityUK in Salford.
My job is to organise journalism training for BBC staff members. I’m part of a superb team and work with some fantastic people on a daily basis but my role doesn’t require interaction with the public.
Previously I worked as a Tour Guide where I got to interact with all kinds of people in the community; it was one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had. This is part of the reason I volunteered for an Outreach project, to connect with the community again and share my knowledge.
The purpose of this project is to make a short film to raise awareness of LGBT Youth North West which is a regional organisation that seeks to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in the North West of England.
They run a variety of weekly youth work sessions for young people in Manchester and offer a wide range of LGBT Awareness training opportunities. As a gay man I feel extremely passionate about this organisation and admire the work they do.
Broadcast Assistant Trainee, BBC West Midlands
Talisha Johnson is a broadcast assistant trainee working at Radio WM who volunteered on a creative workshop for young voters.
“It was such a fulfilling experience working with the BBC Outreach team running the #brumvotes challenge at The Drum Arts Centre in Aston.
This unique workshop created a platform for Birmingham’s young voices to talk about issues that matter to them in their community.
The evening kicked off with an animated introduction by Radio WM presenters Sunny and Shay who posed the question: ‘What does politics mean to you?’
Many hands flew up in the air followed by answers such as ‘White men in suits’, ‘People who make promises but never keep them.’ and ‘Problems that never get solved.’ Like me, many of my peers seemed to paint negative portrayals surrounding politicians and the general election.
It’s not really a matter of choice whether I like it or not, I have to know about it. In fact, we all do.
In groups the young people were then asked to explore their personal views of the general election, single issues they wanted to see changed and how politicians can engage with them. Going around the room, I heard the same issues being highlighted; tuition fees, cost of...
Chief Adviser & Business Manager BBC Sport
Snooker and Sheffield – the two are synonymous with one another, part of the UK’s sporting heritage. It is 38 years since the Crucible hosted its first World Snooker Championship and we’ve been there for every single one.
The BBC broadcasts more live Snooker than any other sport, a measure of the enduring love that audiences have for the game. This year, alongside our usual comprehensive coverage of the championship, we’re offering something slightly different.
We've created Cue Sheffield - a bunch of BBC programmes and free events to celebrate the World Snooker Championship across the city....
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...
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...
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...
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...