BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
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 made radio documentaries I was keen to broaden my skill base and hopefully be able to pick up a camera and edit something together for our website.
So I approached the team, found out more about the role, applied and then found myself selected along with three other vastly more experienced filmmakers who were equally enthusiastic and brimming with ideas.
It is great to meet...
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 advice on which GCSE subjects would be the most useful.
They represented a range of departments including the BBC Homepage team, CBeebies, BBC News studio operations, Research and Development, BBC iPlayer, Knowledge and Learning, mobile core engineering, and BBC Radio 5 live weather.
The young people from 12 different schools came to the event at Quay House in MediaCityUK fully prepared...
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 it was good to be back.
At the workshop, organised by BBC Outreach and Corporate Responsibility, we talked to different groups of people to get a take on what they think of current output and to pitch a drama idea to us.
We think we are in control of what people watch – but we’re not.
They knew their media and knew what they liked and just wouldn’t put up with rubbish.
As a group they were all over US TV, which they thought represented black people on screen better than we do in the UK in general and on the BBC in particular.
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...
I’m based at General News Service programmes at London’s New Broadcasting House. We act as a bit of bridge between network BBC and local BBC TV and radio. Over the years I have worked on several outreach projects. In the early days it was partly to help develop my film-making skills while working on a project called Video Nation.
Now Video Nation has disbanded, it’s a great way of working on similar types of film which have the same ethos and intention behind them as the old Video Nation days. And of course it’s always been a good way of working with different communities and people outside...
I'm Garry Green. I work in the BBC Blue Room at Salford Quays – and being part of the Lowry Festival at the start of November was a great joy.
The Blue Room monitors new and emerging technology: devices, gadgets, and set-top boxes etc – the sorts of things that we might have at home…although, there are so many different devices to buy. Unless you've got a particular piece of equipment yourself, it can be hard to know how it works, and what it does – and that's one of the reasons the Blue Room is here.
Demonstrating the wonders of the Blue Room to visitors.
Participant in Programme Maker for a Day
I am a 21 year old aspiring music producer and blogger/writer studying Music Culture: Theory & Production at the University of East London. I first heard about BBC Outreach's Programme when I applied to work on a radio project with the Roundhouse. The Roundhouse got back in touch with me and invited me along to the “Programme Maker for A Day” experience the BBC was offering – and of course - I jumped at the chance!
I was one of a small group of young people who had arrived at the BBC studios for the programme. We were greeted by staff at the BBC and introduced to Radio 1 & 1Xtra...