Story Collector

  • VO38694


We are looking for someone who likes to listen to other people's stories and is interested in collecting stories about the Dighty Burn from people who have stories to tell. We will hope that the individual(s) will begin by collecting stories from their own contacts and then visit community centres, meet with walking groups etc to record otheres reflections and stories about the Burn. We hope that we will be able to collect stories from people of all ages and experiences of the Burn and even collect work inspired by the Burn. We will provide full training in the use of the simple to use high quality digital audio recording equipment and guidance in how to approach people and gather their stories. We are also keen that the individual(s) will help to develop ideas for the wider distribution of these stories.

Organisation aims and objectives

DightyConnect enables volunteers to plan, design and implement human-scale projects linked to environmental and cultural aspects of the Dighty Burn. We believe local people have considerable knowledge about their environment and often have excellent ideas about what could enhance the Dighty Burn. We start with your passions, interests and ideas to enable you to deliver excellent quality projects within your local community.


Experience required: An interest and knowledge of the local area and in particular an interest in the Dighty Burn, in the past and the present would be very helpful. In addition, the ability to speak and listen openly to people of all ages would be useful.
Travel details: The opportunity will be flexible and be guideed by the location and flexibility of the volunteer(s). The Dighty Connect base is located in the Douglas Community Centre and there will be meetings and opportunities to record stories and this and other local community centres.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Mileage and child care expenses will be paid and decided at interview.
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Induction will give the background to the Dighty Connect project. The initial training will focus on the use of the audio technology and approaches to engage with people whose stories you are recording. More in-depth training if required.
Support: Childcare,
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Last updated 2 months ago

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