Volunteers’ Stories on the BBC

OCVA and the BBC work in collaboration to run a dedicated radio programme about volunteering each week.  Each Sunday morning volunteers and the people they support go on the air to talk about what they do, why they enjoy it and the difference it makes to the local community.

The programme is aired on the Sophie Law Breakfast Show at around 8:25am each Sunday morning. In case you miss it, or want to listen to any of them again, you can find the conversations from the last few weeks below.  If you would like to appear on the BBC Radio Programme, please email gillian.warson@ocva.org.uk or call 01865 251946.

These clips of the conversations are used with kind permission of BBC Radio Oxford.

Radio Horton, Broadcast Sunday 17th September.
Anthony and Sam talk about what motivates them to volunteer for Radio Horton

Oxtalk – Talking newspapers for blind and visually impaired people in Oxford & district, Broadcast Sunday 10th September.
Listen to Margaret and Sheila talking about how the talking newspaper is a vital lifeline to the outside world.

Scouts Association, Broadcast Sunday 27th August
This week the BBC host 15 year old Libby, who has been involved in Scouts for the past 8 years, her Dad (Paul) and Andrew who are both Cub Scout Leaders. They talk about all the activities Scouts get up to and what being  part of Scouts means to them.

Museum of Oxford – Broadcast Sunday 20th August
Aaron Lee, Museum and Heritage Trust Young Volunteer of the Year for 2017, talks about how he became involved with the Museum whilst he was in the Sixth Form at School. We love Aaron’s outlook, combining the history he loves with helping people, means he has found a volunteering role which brings him enormous enjoyment.

Didcot Railway Centre Broadcast 6th August

Listen to this fascinating account by Frank and Ann who both volunteer at the Didcot Railway Centre. Frank has been involved right from the outset when the organisation began…in 1961! He and 4 friends, just aged 16, decided they wanted to buy a steam engine and the rest as they say is history.

Abingdon Good neighbour Scheme Broadcast 30th July
David Harmsworth set up Abingdon Good Neighbour Scheme following a spell some years ago when he and his wife were both in different hospitals, at the same time! Here he chats, along with Scheme volunteers Judith and Allan, about the success of the scheme, which has recently won a Queen’s Award, and why they enjoy being involved so much.  

M.A.D. Week – Bartholomew School Broadcast 16th July
Martha and Josh are two of the Year 12 students from Bartholomew School who participated in Oxfordshire’s first Make A Difference Week. Here they speak about how they have spent their week, filming the 10 different projects students have been volunteering with. They are joined by Gillian Warson from OCVA who has been responsible for looking after the student media team for the week.