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  1. A sporting chance

    Thursday 27 March 2014, 10:57

     James James BBC Kick Off Sports Reporter

    Last year, I was lucky enough to be chosen as the 2013 BBC Kick Off reporter for BBC Radio Jersey.

    Despite the scheme running throughout the summer, there was still a plethora of sport to get involved in. I covered just about everything, from cricket to shooting, rugby to swimming, football to gymnastics. It really was hands-on work too: sourcing material, conducting interviews, editing clips, appearing live on BBC Jersey’s Sportscene programmes - and even writing stories for the BBC Sport website!

    It was nothing like what you might expect from what is essentially a work experience placement.

    From day one, I really was made to feel part of the team. It wasn’t just making cups of tea (although the odd office brew never went amiss) – by my second week I’d broadcast live from international cricket matches, and by the beginning of the third I’d even been part of a live commentary team from the final of an ICC tournament.

    Working in a small BBC office had its advantages too. I worked not only with radio but with TV as well, and there were plenty of opportunities to get involved in stories away from the world of sport. I did a few interviews for the local news, and, when they found...

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  2. Road safety in Burnley

    Monday 10 March 2014, 10:39

    Daniel Jolly Daniel Jolly Interactive researcher for BBC Bitesize

    I was born and grew up in Burnley and my parents still live there. Even though I now work and have my own place in Salford, I still call Burnley my home.

    I’ve always been looking to volunteer the skills I’ve developed in my career and when I saw the opportunity to get involved in a BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility project in Burnley, I jumped at the chance to take part.

    The project involved working with colleagues from across the BBC alongside a local housing association to create a road safety campaign for children. Burnley has one of the highest road accidents records in the UK for children aged 9-11. Tight winding roads, terraced housing and dark streets are a real danger for everyone, especially young people on the way to and from school.

    The project was split into stages of creative development over three months. Workshops included research, story boarding, script writing, art work, animation, audio recording, lyric writing and music recording. Over 150 people took part in a variety of one day workshops delivered by our team of volunteers and supported by BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility.

    I worked with 17 children from Hameldon Community College to create story...

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  3. Career kickstart

    Monday 17 February 2014, 15:10

     Zoe Zoe Production Management Assistant

    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...

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  4. A model volunteer

    Friday 31 January 2014, 15:55

    Francesca Maxwell Francesca Maxwell Production Management Assistant

    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.

    Dinosaurs Close Up Model dinosaurs...

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  5. Doorway to the BBC

    Friday 24 January 2014, 13:59

    Liz Woodham Liz Woodham Project Manager, BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibilty

    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.

    Fairbridge - Salford team 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...

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  6. Developing skills, developing talent

    Wednesday 11 December 2013, 10:06

     Adjeley Adjeley Face2Face trainee in Bristol

    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...

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  7. Creating green spaces

    Thursday 14 November 2013, 16:29

     Kirstin Kirstin Big Dig coordinator, Manchester

    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.

    Big Dig - volunteers BBC volunteers Duncan and Caroline with the Chatterbox Project

    We visited three...

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  8. Singing celebrations

    Tuesday 29 October 2013, 11:38

     Sam Sam Participant in a BBC Outreach project

    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...

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  9. Digging around

    Tuesday 22 October 2013, 16:28

    Tanya Smith Tanya Smith Researcher, BBC Bitesize

    I’m a Researcher for BBC Bitesize. The rest of the Bitesize team and I decided to get our hands dirty and volunteer for FarmStart, set-up by the Kindling Trust at Abbey Leys organic farm.

    potatoes BBC 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...

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  10. Touring the BBC

    Thursday 17 October 2013, 12:07

    Mike Smith Mike Smith BBC Tour Guide

    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...

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