Volunteers’ Stories on the BBC

OCVA are the BBC have launched a new weekly radio programme on BBC Radio Oxford. 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.

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

OCVA – National Volunteer Week Due to the attacks in London, our OCVA interview was not able to be broadcast on BBC Radio Oxford on Sunday 4th June.
However BBC Radio Oxford kindly sent the mp3.  Emily Shaw talks about OCVA and links to volunteering

MIND – mental health charity Broadcast 5th March 2017
Tamara is a new volunteer for MIND’s information line service and Rachel is MIND’s Volunteer Co-ordinator. Listen to Tamara’s early experiences of being a volunteer.

Mayday Trust – supports people through difficult life events Broadcast 12th March 2017
Rob loves music. With the support of Chris who has spent time teaching him the guitar, he has now produced a cover of a Bob Dylan song – part of which you hear in this recording.  

Maggie’s Cancer Centre Broadcast 19th March
John is a retired GP who now volunteers for Maggie’s Cancer Centre in the grounds of the Churchill Hospital. As well as welcoming visitors to the Centre, John has played an instrumental role in fundraising for the charity and here he chats with Claire Marriott, the Centre Head.

KEEN Oxford Broadcast 7th May 2017 
You cannot fail to smile listening to 10-year-old Henry and medical student Joanna talking about why they both love KEEN. KEEN run a variety of clubs and activities for children and young people with disabilities – Henry is a very enthusiastic participants and Joanna helps out whenever she can.

Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC) Broadcast 14th May 2017
Coral is a helpline volunteer at OSARCC who joined the charity having seen a poster advertised at work. Here she talks with Ellie, the charities Outreach Co-ordinator about the supportive training provided and rewards of the role.

Style Acre Broadcast 21st May 2017
Style Acre is an Oxfordshire charity supporting adults with learning disabilities. Here Chris from their staff team, along with volunteer John and service user Dan explain more about what the charity does, how they are each involved and the importance of the charity to each of them.

Archway  Sunday 11th June 2017
Listen to Peggy talking so powerfully about the difference that having Ben her befriender visit regularly. Ben is described by Peggy as “a breath of heaven” – the pair clearly get on really well and both hugely enjoy each other’s company.