BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
former Business Affairs Assistant
Kieran Jones used his photographic knowledge to assist in creating an image base for the charity ‘Trafford Centre for Independent Living’.
‘I learnt how to approach a creative brief and produce a tangible result. This experience was so valuable and has given me confidence.’
I was inspired to volunteer with BBC Outreach, after I saw one of their videos about the charity ‘Doorstep Library’. Soon an opportunity came up for me to work on a project with another charity ‘Trafford Centre for Independent Living’ - TCIL. It is a user-led organisation for people with disabilities. When we met with TCIL, we discussed the project’s aim to create an image database of non-commercial marketing materials. The project would give me a chance to understand an underserved audience and to make a difference to its users.
‘Trafford Centre for Independent Living’ (TCIL) felt that the disabled community didn’t realise the breadth of activities they have on offer. They were hopeful that the project would represent an organisation that brings disabled people together through social events and practical support. This would run alongside their rebranding...
Reporting Manager, BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
'Murder Games: The Life and Death of Breck Bednar’ is a BBC Three docu-drama which tells the true story of 14-year-old Breck Bednar, who was lured to his death by a predator he met through online gaming. The programme follows Breck’s family struggling with his murder, Breck’s online gaming friends recounting their stories, and the investigators putting the crime together.
Siobhan Kilroy used her BBC production skills, and BBC Outreach knowledge of working with vulnerable audiences to produce a BBC event on the risks of online gaming.
When I was asked by my manager to produce an event in partnership with BBC Three and BBC Learning to publicise a new BBC Three drama-documentary I relished the opportunity. This would be the first time I had been asked to produce an entire event for the BBC. Its purpose would be to get the key messages from the programme across, so schools and charities who work with children could advise children and young people about the risks of online gaming.
BBC Broadcast Technology Trainer, Broadcast Engineering
Kevin Doig shares his technological experience at TeenTech events with young secondary students. TeenTech links young people to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers and opportunities. Since 2008 it has been running regular events where organisations bring technology and ideas together to create a lively forum for secondary school students.
‘What makes it for me is the “wow” reaction of the young people when they get their hands on the technology!’
I’ve spent over 25 years working with techy devices or helping people learn how they work, or how to use them, so TeenTech is almost an extension of the day job.
The BBC has been involved for a few years at TeenTech events at various locations across England. I’ve had the pleasure of helping on some of these over the last couple of years. I’m not sure the word “pleasure” is the right one - it’s not strong enough - for me - TeenTech is almost like an addiction!
In common with other companies and universities that attend these events, we show off technology. What makes it for me is the “wow” reaction of the young people when they get their hands on the technology! If that wow factor inspires and helps some of those...
BBC Creative Nation Producer, BBC Cymru Wales
Sarah Brooks works on the building project to move BBC Wales to Central Square Cardiff. She volunteered as one of nine creative facilitators at the Manchester conference ‘Who Benefits?: TV & Poverty’ This was a partnership between BBC Outreach, the Royal Television Society, the NCVO and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
‘I had to really hone my facilitation skills to steer the conversation towards productive outcomes, and to ensure everyone felt their voice was heard.’
When the opportunity came to work as a creative facilitator with BBC Outreach (on how poverty is represented on TV), I...
Producer, Radio Newcastle
Steve Drayton, Producer, BBC Newcastle
Steve shared his on-air production skills with people telling the stories behind their favourite music.
In conjunction with BBC Newcastle, BBC Outreach, Sunderland’s Cultural Spring and the Human Jukebox, Steve has been asking North East people - “What’s Your Most Memorable Song – and Why?”
It all began when my partner and I had been working with...
BBC E20 Programme Manager
Sarah Munro, BBC E20 Programme Manager (a project to rebuild the EastEnders external set) volunteered with Hertsmere Youth Network to help community workers strengthen their communication skills when writing about their projects.
‘I found it creative that the community identified their own solutions and that I got a chance to share my experiences.’
In my day job, I’m the Programme Manager for the E20 project, which is responsible for delivering the new EastEnders external set. Before joining the BBC, I worked for the police and central government and led on a variety of subjects which...
BBC Junior Researcher, BBC Sport Extend Scheme
BBC Junior Researcher Henry Teall, volunteered as a ‘Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter’, on the 2015 scheme.
The BBC ‘Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter Scheme’, gives talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds the opportunity to learn and develop sports reporting skills at the BBC. These work experience placements are two days a week for eight weeks during July and August. Placements are available at BBC local radio and online sites across the UK.
‘My newsgathering and journalistic skills improved and I’ve gained a deeper appreciation of the process of gathering a story’.
Head of Radio Production, BBC North
Ian Bent, Head of Radio Production, BBC North has been volunteering with Outreach as a school governor.
Hundreds of BBC staff volunteer as school governors across the UK. BBC Outreach holds a partnership with SGOSS – Governors for Schools – which helps match BBC volunteers with vacancies in schools across England.
‘I’m filled with hope and expectation that we’ll have a new group of people competing for vacancies in the BBC’.
When the BBC moved to Salford in 2011 one of our long-term aims was to widen the areas of society from which we recruit. To do this we need to inspire people from...
Volunteer Manager, Outreach
BBC Outreach Volunteering Manager, Marvin McKenzie, spotted an opportunity to connect two youth groups who were 200 miles apart. Marvin volunteered in his own time to support two communities uniting through common experience and a game of football.
I didn’t bank on my audience outreach workshop near BBC Elstree sparking an inspirational football exchange to Manchester between teenagers at risk of serious offending.
But then I met a policeman and a social inclusion worker, and the game was on.
PC Michael Wallace from the Met Police, and social inclusion workers Ashley Levien plus Kevin...
BBC Team Assistant, E20
Caroline Morgan, BBC Team Assistant, E20 (A project to rebuild the EastEnders external set) brought her skills of working with young people to the BBC Radio Bristol WG Grace Schools project. The WG Grace project commemorated the 100th anniversary of the death of WG Grace, and through workshops inspired a new generation to appreciate one of Britain’s finest cricketers.
“Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence and self-esteem”.
In the past I have volunteered with hospitals and schools, so an opportunity to volunteer with BBC Outreach was music to my ears. At BBC...