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Volunteering Role Description For Sheffield Talking News

Audio Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers who are able to go out into the community and record audio stories for a charity called Sheffield Talking News - www.sheffieldtalkingnews.org.uk. The charity's main activity is recording items from the local newspapers and other sources to send to visually impaired people in Sheffield.

As well as recording news items we also have a strand called 'Out and About in Sheffield' in which we leave the studio and produce story items in locations and communities around the city. We are looking for volunteers who can produce 'Out and About' items for us, including coming-up with ideas for items and seeing them through recording and editing to completed package. Rights on any completed productions will be retained by the volunteer(s).  Past 'Out and About in Sheffield' items can be heard at https://sheffield.talking-news.info/listen/play/Out-And-About/

Video Production Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers who have the ability to produce one or a short series of videos for a charity called Sheffield Talking News - www.sheffieldtalkingnews.org.uk.  

Sheffield Talking News’ main activity is to audio record on a weekly basis items from the local newspapers and other sources of local news.  Recordings are sent by mail to visually impaired people in Sheffield as well as being available online and through Amazon’s Echo smart speakers.  As well as recording weekly news items we also produce our own items of local interest.  

The video(s) would need to be produced with audio description in mind so as to be accessible to people with visual impairment, but it/they would also need to appeal to sighted people who could recommend Sheffield Talking News and the new technologies to friends, relatives or people they care for.

Benefits to others

Keeping members of the visually impaired community in Sheffield informed of interesting items regarding their city.  This can help reduce isolation amongst certain groups and encourage community engagement.

Benefits to self

i) Provide opportunities to investigate areas of Sheffield life, so enabling a deeper understanding of what makes the city tick.

ii) Volunteers retain the rights to any of the material they produce

DBS required?

DBS is not generally necessary.  However if a volunteer comes forward with an idea for an item that requires him/her to approach vulnerable people then Sheffield Talking News may consider helping the volunteer obtain DBS clearance.

Skills/Experience required

To be competent with recording and the post production process.  Also to be capable of working with a client to a brief.

Expenses information

All reasonable out of pocket expenses will be covered

To find out more information about this role and similar opportunities, book an informal chat appointment with a member of the Volunteering team.