Collecting stories (Falls prevention & Dundee Year of the Older Person)

  • VO86737


Gathering stories for 2 projects : Falls Prevention and Dundee Year of the Older Person. Both projects need to hear of first hand experience of people and their journeys. Within Falls the stories are about the background to the fall and what happened after, how was their experience and what did they learn. For DYOP it is about gathering and collating stories to help impact on reducing stereotypes and to also collate conversations with older people for the ‘See Me Hear My Voice’ strand of work. Stories can be recorded and transcribed, There will be robust guidance on the process and support.

Main tasks:
Calling the older people to arrange the interview time
Recording the interview (or writing it down if they don't want recorded)
Transcribing the recording onto a template document
Collating the stories and editing as appropriate
Liaising with DVVA staff and other volunteers involved

Training can be provided from a mentor in how to record and gather stories. The volunteer will be supported by the respective team lead. You will not be cold calling as these people have offered to share their stories.

For more information, contact Jud Clark (Falls Prevention) 07530 231588, E-
or Nicola Mitchell (DYOP) 01382 305745 E-

Organisation aims and objectives

Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action (DVVA) vision is a socially just, healthy and sustainable Dundee that is culturally diverse where people's voices are heard and power and decision-making is equally shared. As of 1 October 2019, Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action (DVVA) has brought together Dundee Voluntary Action and Volunteer Dundee into one organisation, combining our expertise in the following areas: • Healthcare and Wellbeing – working together to provide a better, more integrated adult health and social care service; • Community Planning and Representation – providing strong and cohesive representation of the third sector with clear links to Community Planning Partnerships; • Organisational Support and Development – providing a single point of access for support and advice for the third sector in the local area; • Volunteering – working with individuals, communities and organisations to involve, inspire and engage people in volunteering and make Dundee a better place. DVVA together with Dundee Social Enterprise Network forms Dundee’s Third Sector Interface. DVVA in partnership with Dundee City Council is working to support vulnerable people in the community during the current COVID-19 crisis through Community Support Centres across Dundee. As part of this partnership, DVVA is recruiting community response volunteers.










Weekly, 2 hours per week


Experience required: • Confident & patient with an ability to record stories accurately & with respect • Must enjoy communicating with older people & have empathy with this client group • Good understanding of online platforms from which the interviews/chats will be conducted initially • Good listening skills in order to transcribe the conversations • Experience in interviewing or transcribing or a willingness to learn • Ability to ask questions & prompt the interviewee for further info.
Travel details: Initially remotely, but if restrictions and guidelines allow potentially at an agreed meet place or DVVA office premises.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: If homebased this position is unlikely to incur costs.
Training details: Volunteers receive a DVVA induction pack and guidelines detailing what they can expect from DVVA and what DVVA ask of them. There will be an initial call with a DVVA named staff member to talk you through any provided resources such as the "Template for collecting information", and any data protection to be aware of. You will receive suggestions on the opening conversations and the mechanism in which you will feel most comfortable recording the information. Scope to use ZOOM, WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 2 months ago

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