BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
Digital Technician, BBC Bristol
BBC Digital Technician Katherine Grant on why she loves to share her knowledge through volunteering.
“I have always taken part in voluntary work, from helping with Brownie Packs after school to working in Charity Shops between jobs. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new things and share your knowledge.
When I started working at BBC Bristol I was really happy to find out that I would have the opportunity take part in volunteering activities. Much of my learning has been from other people, and now I have the chance to do the same for others.
I am based in the Digital Village, and while my expertise is in postproduction, my overall understanding of television production allows me to connect with those interested in TV and help them get an understanding of the processes and skills needed to work in the Media.
Through the Face2Face programme I have had the chance to mentor one-on-one, introducing my mentee to post production workflows, but also interview techniques and general life and work skills.
I enjoy getting to know people, teaching them about the industry and seeing their confidence improve. I have taught groups of young people how to edit, and...
Broadcast Journalist, BBC Breakfast
Louise Hannah, a Broadcast Journalist on BBC Breakfast, used her story-telling skills to help children create an animated film aimed at encouraging walking to school.
"I wanted to volunteer for the BBC as I was aware of its huge potential to help other people and groups. It’s such a big, globally recognised organisation with real clout and resources – both in terms of facilities and staff – and I wanted to play a role in helping other people access this.
As a first step, I arranged a meeting with Tina Ntow – a member of the BBC Outreach team – to discuss my skills and how they could be best put to use. I was asked soon afterwards to take part in a project that was being run by a production company called Calico Creative on behalf of Lancashire County Council.
The company had asked for somebody with strong story telling skills to help put together an animation encouraging families in Burnley to walk to school rather than drive. I decided to commit without knowing much more about the project, and it resulted in an incredibly rewarding, enjoyable and worthwhile experience.
All in all I spent three mornings working on the project: the first was at Burnley library...
Creative Media student
Film student Elizabeth Penny volunteered at the BBC’s recent Talent Ticket project in Bristol which aims to give young people a look at careers in TV.
“I am currently in my final year of studying Filmmaking and Creative Media at UWE and as the end is nigh I have started to look back at how I got here.
The truth is that the reason I am here, studying film, is because I just so happened to be in the right place, at the right time. While I was waitressing - I encountered a customer who was working on a film. I then managed to talk myself into a running job, and I have never looked back.
It occurs to me on a daily basis that if fate hadn't intervened - I would probably still be that waitress who talks too much.
The issue for me is that the concept of a career in television is not often made accessible to young people.
A young person’s career path into the industry should not be left to fate. This is why when I heard about the BBC Bristol's Talent Ticket Road Show - I immediately knew that I had to apply as the scheme aims to inspire the next generation of the media industry.
Talent Ticket is designed for year 9 students across 10 of the most disadvantaged schools in Bristol, and...
Assistant General Accountant
BBC Accountant Elizabeth Stanley on how signing up to be a school governor has helped her understand that a school does a lot more than teaching.
“I have been a parent school governor for my daughter’s high school since November 2014 and my daughter is in year 8.
I knew I wanted to be a lot more involved with the school based on the high school open evening.
I found the head teacher and her team extremely encouraging and they believe strongly in rewards for good performance and behaviour.
Our school uses Vivo points where the children choose their own rewards which are very...
Outreach Manager, BBC North
After months in the planning the Hadrian’s Wall of Sound music relay was one of the highlights of BBC Music Day.
Senior producer Helen Amess, who had the original idea for the coast to coast event, followed it every step of the way from dawn until dusk.
“Well, it’s always a weird feeling when you spend months working towards one day and then all of a sudden it happens and then you’re left looking back at it.
Mind you, what a day to look back on! When I first had the idea of Hadrian’s Wall of Sound I had no idea it would turn into the magical event which happened on Friday 05 June as part...
Associate Head of English, Brentside High School, Ealing
Brentside High School in Ealing has been working with the BBC’s School Report for the last 9 years.
Associate Head of English Vesna Klein talks about the excitement and pride of her pupils’ work being featured on the BBC and how they ended up in Downing Street…
“Our school has 1,350 students of mixed ability and is also ethnically very mixed with students who are West Indian, Eastern European and Asian. It’s a lovely environment.
Our involvement with School Report has been progressing from strength to strength.
We started working with School Report in 2006 and every year we involve...
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...
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.
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...
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...