BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
Researcher, BBC Radio 5live
Joanna Ing from BBC Radio 5live volunteered to work with a group of young adults to produce a short film celebrating the work of the YMCA in Bolton. The charity offers young people a choice of learning, social, and physical opportunities ranging from an onsite gym to international social exchange projects.
'The young people had some powerful stories to tell'
This project reminded me how important it is to get out of the office and talk to people. I was attracted to volunteering on this project for two reasons. The first was being keen to learn more about filmmaking and the second was a rare chance to get out and see projects like YMCA Bolton and the people who run it. My day-to-day role in radio is putting together an hour-long TV review show and making sure our content gets online. With YMCA Bolton, I was mainly encouraging the group to think about what they wanted from the film and then interviewing them.
Sharing ideas and planning the film at YMCA Bolton
I ran a workshop where we encouraged the participants to develop ideas for...
Promotions Producer, BBC Creative
Salwa Abdellatif shared her producing and directing skills to help make a new short film about the work of the charity Blind in Business. BIB is a charity which supports people who are blind or have partial sight into work, and supports employers with training.
‘I saw a fresh perspective from some real innovative young talented people’
I wanted to push myself and to break the daily safe area, as well as to refresh my skills and my mind. I found a new approach with a new experience in the community. I felt lucky to work as a volunteer producer with BBC Outreach making a short video for Blind in Business.
Salwa Abdellatif and camera operator Michael Danks
I became inspired when I met amazing, talented young students and graduates – some are blind and some are sight impaired. I found a new theoretical approach to how I can I challenge an unexpected difficulty and turn it into positive thought.
I am a promo producer at BBC Creative; it is a role which looks into editorial and creative sides and delivers multi-layered...
Managing Editor Network Programmes, BBC Radio Scotland
Jane Fowler and colleagues found a new way to use the BBC’s archives to prompt conversations between families and carers and people living with Dementia.
'What drew particular praise was the deliberate inclusion of the voices of those with Dementia edited as little as possible'
Our event, Exploring Dementia, looking at BBC Scotland’s recent season on Dementia, was the start of a new conversation about the disease, very much seeking the advice of those with an in depth understanding of the condition, its complexity and its impact.
As Managing Editor, my role includes working as executive producer on BBC Radio Scotland features and major projects. Here I was working with two colleagues – Liza Greig and Tommy Weir - who are passionate about the public service remit of the BBC and how we can use our resources to offer practical advice and personal stories that help make a difference.
The season, Memories and Conversations – New Approaches to Dementia, ran for five weeks on BBC Radio Scotland, and was developed in close collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland. It involved radio, television, online and our outreach cross-generational team, the...
Senior Producer, BBC Generation
Dave Howard attended the Media on the Move conference which explored the past, present and future portrayal of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. It was held by BBC Outreach and Travellers’ Times, which is a magazine and website for people in the communities and those who work with them.
How can you represent people in programmes if they don’t trust you? And how can you get people to trust you, if you don’t represent them in programmes?
These ‘chicken and egg’ questions were on my mind, as I attended Media on the Move. The event, commissioned by Diane Reid, was intended to foster...
Maria McGeoghan attended the Media on the Move conference in July with BBC Outreach, the Rural Media Company and Travellers' Times magazine. She and other media industry delegates found out more about the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community, working with them on informed portrayal and looking at some of the myths that have grown up over the years.
How much do we really know about the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community beyond the dresses and ceremony of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, drama depictions in programmes like Call The Midwife and Peaky Blinders, and ongoing tabloid battles about...
Producer, BBC Asian Network
Ahmed Hussain did a Hot Shoes placement with the BBC Outreach Face2Face project in Bradford. He helped young people aged 18-24 put together a short film exploring the media as a career.
'I felt challenged, had fun, and I was inspired by the young people!'
My usual day job is on the eighth floor of New Broadcasting House, in London. Whether I’m producing on my regular show on BBC Asian Network, or producing a show at Radio 1 or 1Xtra, it’s a place I am very familiar and comfortable with.
I know the studios like the back of my hand and enjoy working with the staff & DJs across the various...
Programme Coordinator, BBC Academy
'It’s so important to have an open and honest conversation about what you both expect'
Agreeing to be a mentor has been a very personal journey for me and I hope it inspires others to do the same. Offering employment advice, which could change the circumstances for someone, is a big responsibility which I embrace - knowing I am part of the journey for them to discover and tap into their full potential.
It’s a good fit for my role...
Broadcast Assistant, BBC WM
Karen Sault who works at BBC WM shared her radio skills with a group of young adults developing their on-air presentation in community radio. They are from the dedicated team of radio presenters who volunteer at Unity Radio, a Manchester-based community radio station.
‘I came out smiling, not just because it was a first for me, but because I had spent an evening with a group of people who have the same passion for radio as me’
Back in 1997 I was studying Sound Engineering at college. My favourite module was Radio Production and I couldn’t wait to get to college on those days. But, it...
Producer/ Director, BBC Inside Out North West
Sally Williams from BBC Inside Out volunteered to work with a group of young adults developing their CVs and interview skills at the BBC in Salford. A day long workshop helped them reassess their key achievements to date. They were part of the Queen’s Young Leaders programme, which is for 18-25 year olds interested in working in the media.
‘You could visibly see their confidence soar as they rewrote their CVs’
As a 15 year old at a large Comprehensive School on Merseyside, I was laughed at by the visiting careers officer when I told her my ambition was to work at the BBC. “You’re a pretty...
Broadcast Journalist, Radio 5live
Alice During from Radio 5live shared her programme-making skills with teenagers creating a short film about the online hazards of blossoming relationships. She worked with the advisory service Brook which was a successful applicant through BBC Outreach’s Community Doorway programme.
In the second of two different blogs from the project, Alice writes about her volunteering experience.
‘It certainly has made me rethink any hesitation I may have felt when working with this age group’
I wanted to volunteer because I wanted an opportunity to connect with harder-to-reach audiences in the...