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Volunteering information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering either as a home-based reader, USB stick distribution assistant, audio ambassador, volunteer administrator or a member of our volunteer phone bank.

We are currently following Scottish Government guidance and are working from home.

 

This means that if you want to read you can do so at a time that suits you, in the comfort of your home anywhere in the country.  You just need to access the newspaper online or for the Kirky Herald be able to buy a print copy, download audacity software to your laptop, have access to a microphone (even one you normally use on your phone headset) and broadband that enables you to upload your individual articles as you record them to the BWBF servers.  We have a series of online training videos that will help you learn to record from home.

USB Stick Copier and Admin

We are looking for someone willing to go to our studios to collect returned wallets and sticks, and then either at home or in the studio duplicate around 60 USB sticks per week place them in plastic postal wallets and add the address cards before posting them at the nearest sorting office.

Audio Ambassador

 

As an audio ambassador, we are looking for people to visit www.cueandreview.com/promotion and make use of the social media tools that we have online, to promote our audio recordings via social media. Also, where they meet someone who may know of a friend with temporary or permanent sight loss, they should tell them about our free service and encourage them to listen in.

 

Administration Assistant

We also are needing help with bookkeeping and administrative duties, can you help research funding grants, do you have the patience to deal with utility companies that send out erroneous bills, can you help scan in paper invoices and work with our accounting software, could you even help our Managing Editor prepare reports and minutes for board meetings?

Phone Bank Operator

With our push to encourage our listeners with sight loss to move to an internet-based service, we are keen to utilise our online telephone system to provide a phone bank manned by volunteers.  Volunteers will help clients to set up their Alexa device or mobile phone app.  Even provide technical support to our reader volunteers with editing and uploading audio remotely by pointing them in the direction of our training resources.

If you think you could help with any of this please email information@cueandreview.com with the subject line volunteer and then which role.  Alternatively, leave your name address email and contact number and how you see yourself volunteering after this tone.

Studio Based Volunteers
Presenters

We are looking to increase the number of volunteer readers on our team that records daily talking newspapers for the blind.  Our large studio is set up to enable two readers and a recordist to work together as a team.  Where we are short of volunteers you may be asked to read and record in the studio on your own.  Our second studio enables a reader to work on their own which means they also need to record their own articles.We want to build up a more sociable environment which is why we encourage people to form teams of three or four where three of you are the readers and one at least is the main person doing the recording. If you are interested in being a reader we will then conduct a telephone interview before bringing you into the studio for a trial run.  This can be as simple as you leaving us a message on our answering service at 0141-772 3976 or emailing us.

 

Producers and Sound Technicians

 

As we increase the number of readers on our team we are likely to also need people who may not have the best reading voice but are really interested in learning how to use our Myriad studios while developing their knowledge of sound recording software and equipment.  In this role you are also acting as producer and this can mean you will need to be assertive when asking readers to repeat a section as they have made an error. You will also be expected to set up the studio for your recording session and ensure that the articles have been correctly uploaded to the BWBF server.If you are willing to learn all about Myriad software via our Training Zone videos then this is the opportunity for you.  Our software cannot be adapted at this time therefore you must be able to read the screens and have a good clear reading voice.

Frequency & Commitment


Readers and recordists need to attend initial training with a minimum of one session per month after training.Once you have built up your skills and are sure of how the system works readers can form teams of 3 to record at times that more suit their schedules.  Daily newspapers need to be recorded in the mornings but weekly titles are recorded currently on alternate Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.