Researching History of Volunteering in Cardiff from 1914 to 2014

Researching History of Volunteering in Cardiff from 1914 to 2014


Researching History of Volunteering in Cardiff from 1914 to 2014

Role Description: Volunteer Oral History Editor

Organisation overview:

VCS Cymruhas been working to match potential volunteers with opportunities to help in Cardiff since 1964. The organisation encourages voluntary work by all sections of the Cardiff community and supports a policy that everybody has something to offer and is able to become a valued volunteer.

About the project:

Chronicle is a two year community heritage project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Theproject will research, collate, digitise, and make publicly available the story of charities and volunteering in Ely, Caerau, and the Southern Arc of Cardiff from 1914 to 2014. It will deliver a series of road shows to record oral stories of past volunteering, workshops, community radio programmes and podcasts, walking tours, an exhibition, and an online archive.

Organisation Name / VCS Cymru
Role Title / Volunteer Oral History Editor
Responsible to / Project Coordinator
Position Would Suit / A person interested in oral history, social history, local heritage, archives/ museums/libraries.
Purpose of Role / To edit audio recordings taken as part of the oral history activities.
Time Commitment / The editing of oral stories will take place from April to October 2016.
The volunteers are expected to commit at least5 hours per week to the project. A progress/ support meeting will take place every two weeks at volunteer’s time/ location convenience.
The project offers short- and long-term volunteering opportunities. The volunteers may choose how long they wish to volunteer with the project; however, a minimum period of commitment is 3 months.
The volunteers will not be expected to volunteer over holidays and/ or exam periods.
Location / Editing should be done from home.
It is expected that the volunteers have access to a computer.
Description of Tasks / -Editing audio recording. (The audios will be recorded as one to one interviews).
-Catalogue, describing, filing, and uploading the edited recordings to web.
-Promoting the project through the Chronicle’s blog and other social media.
Benefits to Volunteers / -Training in conducting oral history interviews, using recording equipment, and in transcription will be provided by People’s Collection Wales. Training will cover both technical aspects of recording as well as legal compliance and ethical practice.
-The opportunity to develop and learn new skills in editing audio recordings.
-Improving your CV and enhancing your employability.
-A reference from VCS Cymru (on delivery of the task).
-Earning the Time Credits.
Person Specification / Essential:
-IT literate.
-Good organisational skills.
-A willingness to learn and improve your skills
-Experience of using audio editing software.
-The ability to catalogue, describe, file, and upload the results to web.
-An interest in local history, heritage, and/ or archiving.
-An interest in the charity sector.
Reimbursement of Expenses / No.
It is not expected for the volunteers to incur any expenses as the editing is to be done from home.
Application Procedure / -Application Form.
-Informal Discussion
Contact Information / For more information and to apply for this role contact Malou Hascoet at .

N.B.: Oral History Volunteer Roles:

Volunteers can take on one, or a combination of roles in Oral History: recording, editing, and transcribing.

Volunteer Role Description_Students February 2016