To involve communities and encourage participation in Family Legends, the Scottish Book Trust is running a national story writing project in partnership with BBC Radio Scotland. They're looking for 6 Volunteer Community Ambassadors from across Scotland, based in Aberdeen, Ayr, Inverness, Melrose, Oban and Orkney respectively. The 7 month placements are supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund – to get involved with their national writing and heritage project, Family Legends.
Volunteers will receive training and support to carry out outreach activities in their communities and the time commitment is approximately one day per week, flexible to suit individual needs
The placements will involve a wide range of activities and experiences, including organising events, new media skills, interview and transcription training and press and media training.
These opportunities are unpaid, though they say travel and agreed out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
Appointment is subject to securing enhanced clearance from Disclosure Scotland.
More information and online application form.
This could be a very interesting project for those who can afford the time. I was involved in the visionary Memory Bank project both as the Council's project manager managing the development of the Memory Bank website and on the Then as Now project, taking photos of current views corresponding to historic views of old Borders locations, mainly on postcards.
Another project run by the Memory Bank was Millennium Memories, which produced a very popular CD containing a selection of 40 personal stories collected from Borders folk and spoken by them and thus a chance to hear Border accents and dialects. For more information see this review.
We have a few of these in stock, at a special price of £9.95 plus postage.
To buy one, please contact Mary Thomson on our Contacts page using the contact type Order for Publications.