Monday 17 February 2014, 15:10
I am a Production Management Assistant within BBC Bristol, Digital Village and I got involved with the BBC through BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility.
At eighteen, I completed the Face2Face training scheme from the department, which was my route into the BBC. Since then I have done a three month placement as an Outreach Assistant, worked with the department on the Talent Ticket Roadshow, a series of one day activities for Year 9 students, as a volunteer – and I continue to help with outreach workshops for primary and secondary students, with the most recent being an dinosaur animation workshop!
BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility is an amazing department and the work they do really does make a difference. It gave me the opening into the world of work/media industry that I needed and I wouldn’t be working for BBC Bristol if it wasn’t for BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility!
By giving young people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities to get involved with workshops, you can see the children (of all ages) really engaging and getting involved with tasks they have never done before nor thought of doing before. I have also heard feedback that the...
Friday 31 January 2014, 15:55
I am a Production Management Assistant at BBC Bristol, in the Natural History Unit. I decndided to volunteer with BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility as I am quite new to the BBC a I decided it would be good to get involved in other projects aside from the programme I work on.
A handful of us went to Bridge Learning Campus to attend an animation workshop with Primary School children. We demonstrated to the pupils how to make plasticine dinosaurs and then helped them develop a story, which they later used to make a short animation using ‘istop motion’ on the iPad.Model dinosaurs created by school children with volunteers from BBC Bristol
It was a great opportunity for myself, as a new starter to the BBC, to broaden horizons and also meet other BBC colleagues. What people don’t realise is, when you volunteer with BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility, you aren’t giving up much time so it doesn’t get in the way of anything else on your schedule. It is also important to get involved with other projects at the BBC, and understand what else the BBC provides.
It was great to see how excited the children got when they received a visit from the BBC, and the fact that...
Friday 24 January 2014, 13:59
I joined the BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility department just before Christmas and the first project I’ve been working on is the Community Doorway Programme. Everything the team does is about connecting the BBC with audiences - particularly those we might find harder to reach otherwise – and the Community Doorway Programme is a great example of this.The Fairbridge Salford team pose for the camera.
It’s a new scheme where charities and community organisations can send us their ideas for one-off projects we can deliver together. We’ll be sharing the wide-ranging skills of staff from across the BBC to add benefit to the work of organisations in our community on innovative and exciting projects – especially those working with 16-24 year olds and/or groups that are considered to be disadvantaged or socially excluded. You can read more information in my post on the About the BBC blog.A skills sharing workshop.
The doorway is always open and organisations can apply at any time but we’ll be assessing the applications in four rounds – and the first round closes next week on 31st January! I’m looking forward to reading through the applications and working out...
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...
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...
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...
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...