Volunteers’ Stories on the BBC

OCVA are 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.

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. 

Home-Start 9th July 2017
Olive is a retired paediatric nurse who now volunteers for Home-Start. She supports Mum Caroline and her three children, one of whom, Florence, has a severe physical disability. Olive’s presence enables Caroline to spend quality time with her other two children, and the whole family love Olive’s visits. Annie, a Family Co-ordinator for Home-Start, talks about the essential role of Home-Start volunteers in helping parents and carers.

The Porch Day Centre  2nd July 2017
The Porch have just won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and this week one of their volunteers Nicola talks with Patrick, a service user who approached the Porch 3 years ago about the difference the organisation makes.

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.

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