Great Place is offering a two-part training programme for volunteers to gain valuable digital, creative and interpersonal skills. Volunteers will be trained to work with members of the community to create original digital stories that reflect the rich and diverse heritage of the Falkirk Council district – stories that would otherwise go unheard.
The training session will guide volunteers through the steps of the Digital Storytelling method and enable them to create and edit audio and images using suitable software on an iPad. By the end of the training, each volunteer will have completed their own digital heritage story (some prior ‘homework’ will be required for this).
Once trained volunteers will be matched up with an individual or small group of people who wish to create their own digital story, and work closely with them to achieve this. Volunteers will be fully supported along the way by the Great Place team.
Digital Stories captured during the project will contribute to a public digital database called “Our Stories”. This website will showcase some of the best heritage-work that local people have been carrying out during the project.
The Great Place project is a district-wide 2-year programme of activities celebrating the places, people, traditions and industry of the Falkirk area with thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
What’s in it for you?
• Meet interesting people
• Learn about local history
• Improve communication skills & develop storytelling techniques
• Contribute to the creation of a shared public digital information resource about our local heritage
• Develop basic digital skills as well as an understanding of the management of digital materials and information.
• Participate in two half-days of training with experienced filmmaker and digital storyteller Sabine Hellman (The People’s Story Project)
• Paired with another volunteer and/ or Great Place staff, volunteers will help capture digital heritage stories in community centres, senior residences, schools and beyond. This may include some planning time to source images and necessary background information.
• Projects will take place across the Falkirk district. Where possible, staff will try to match volunteers with projects that are local to them
Skills, Attitude, and Experience Required
This opportunity is best suited to individuals who are friendly and enthusiastic with a genuine interest in the stories and lives of others. You must have a willingness to learn to operate basic digital equipment but no prior experience is required.
• Two afternoons of Digital Heritage Storytelling training (provisionally booked for Thursday 23rd April, 13:00-16:00 and Thursday 30th April, 13:00-16:00*)
• You and another volunteer/staff member will meet with your community-based group for 2-3 digital storytelling workshops in late Spring/Summer 2020– the scheduling for this is flexible.
• There may be some post-session work involved to put the finishing touches to stories and prepare them for the website.
The two training afternoon sessions will take place at Callendar House, Falkirk.
The Great Place scheme runs programmes across the whole Falkirk council area. When working out in the community, you must be willing and able to travel to and work at a variety of locations. The Great Place team’s primary base is the Falkirk Community Stadium.
Reimbursement of travel expenses within the Falkirk area available for scheduled trainings and meetings.
Harriet Ward, Activity Lead Officer (Engagement, Research & Development) – Great Place
How to apply:
Please complete the online application form here.
If you require a hard copy, please let us know.
This role is purely voluntary and this arrangement is not meant to be a legally binding one or an employment contract.
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