Volunteering allows our staff to connect with audiences and share their skills.

Volunteering

The BBC encourages its staff to volunteer on a range of initiatives that connect us with our audiences and which make a difference to our communities.

We partner with a number of national charity partners, as well as local community organisations and schools, in a variety of projects including film making, mentoring schemes, leadership development and reading programmes.

Hundreds of staff members volunteer across the year to share day to day work skills and help a number of partnership charities.

Volunteering helps us to make a difference in our community.

Volunteering the region

Volunteering the region

Television, radio, online and BBC talent all played their part to inspire the North East & Cumbria audience to think about volunteering in 2013.

A week of untold volunteer stories, some serious, others quirky and one tinged with sadness featured across the schedule for both TV and radio. Sign posted to BBC online, the audience was encouraged to seek out local opportunities through links to local volunteer centres.

On top of the wide range of stories across the week, BBC staff played their part by giving up time to help volunteer with local charities and communities. On air talent got involved with guide dog training, church wardens, play schemes and helping out at a local hospital amongst many other things

Staff also took out time to share personal skills by helping with school reading, career talks, IT training and helping charities explore social media.

The doors of the BBC in Newcastle swung open to offer behind the scene tours for local people to find out more and meet their favourite presenters.

The week is another great example of how BBC Outreach delivers activity and forms local partnerships beyond the broadcast.

Sharing our skills

Sharing our skills

BBC staff volunteers have joined with The British Association for Adoption & Fostering to make films to help recruit more adopters. With the skills of BBC volunteers combined with the families who agreed to share their stories, three films have already been made. The most recent involved families from Scotland who invited the filmmakers into their lives to help inspire others to consider adoption.

BBC News School Report

BBC News School Report

Each year, BBC staff volunteers from many different departments across the BBC help 11-16 year olds develop their journalistic skills and create content for BBC News School Report.  The project encourages secondary school students to report on the news that matters to them and sees them turning their classrooms into newsrooms each March.

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