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.

Oxford University Museums Broadcast 5th February 2017
Holly is a museum volunteer and helps run the touch tours for visually impaired visitors like Guy. Here the pair talk about why they love the museum and the importance of volunteers.

New Leaf Project – help and support for offenders Broadcast 12th February 2017
 New Leaf supports offenders as they leave prison and enter their local communities. Rob is a New Leaf volunteer and Tracy is a co-ordinator for the charity.

 Oxford Civic Society – OxClean Broadcast 19th February 2017
OxClean is the cities spring cleaning event and volunteers Wendy and Liz appeared on the radio before the event at the beginning of March to talk about how you can help.

Aspire – support people into employment Broadcast 26th February 2017
Sam and John have both received support from Aspire in the past and have remained involved– Sam now being employed by them. Here they talk about their positive journey.

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.