People’s Voice Media Institute of Community Reporters will be training 100 Community Reporters across 10 countries to capture the stories of people’s experience of social investment and social innovation. The reporters will join the European Network of Community Reporters.
The Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening communities in Europe (InnoSI) project is a consortium led by the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit based at Manchester Metropolitan University. They are joined by nine other universities from across Europe and a group of impact partners led by the Euclid Network.
The consortium is embarking on a major research and innovation project looking at how innovative social investment policies can strengthen communities in Europe. The project, funded by the European Commission and lasting 30 months, asks important questions about how European welfare systems designed to protect against twentieth century social and economic risks need to change in the twenty first century.
The project director, Professor Chris Fox, stressed that this is not a traditional research project:
Understanding the experiences of people across Europe who are on the receiving end of social policies is key to our project. That’s why we will be working with People’s Voice Media recruiting 100 community reporters from across Europe and training them so that they can report the experiences of their communities.
The InnoSI project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
PVM Chief Exec Gary Copitch was asked to appear on the Voice America internet radio station. The show hosted by Lianne Picot talked about employee stories and how stories can be used to increase the health and success of a business. Gary talked about the Community Reporter programme and gave examples of how stories are being used to gather insight which are being used to produce better services and products.
The broadcast can can be found here at Story Powered Voice America
Macc, a voluntary sector infrastructure support organisation in Manchester, has bought five social licences to deliver the Community Reporter progamme across Manchester. The Licence will deliver train the trainer programmes whose participants will become Platinum members of the Institiute of Communty Reporters.
Earlier this month the first train the trainer programme took place at Macc as part of the Transforming Local Infrastructure work that the partnership is carrying out. Seven people completed the course and received their Platinum Community Reporter badge. Hannah Powell (from Macc) and Charles Kwaku-Odoi (of Faith Network 4 Manchester) with the support of People’s Voice Media put their newly learned skills into practice recording and interviewing speakers and delegates at the Macc To The Future Conference held in Manchester on September 20th.
Mike Wild, Macc Chief Executive, highlighted the value of Community Reporters to the organisation and the voluntary sector as a whole.
“The reason we’re interested in Community Reporters is the idea that people tell their stories… That’s the way that you shape services that are useful to people”
Community Reporter Frank has been reporting with us since June 2011, from then on he has travelled on one fantastic journey…
Frank Redfern is a stroke survivor, having suffered from a stroke back in November 2010. After spending 6 weeks in hospital, then following on to have 3 months of Physio Therapy, he was well enough to start driving again.
He then got involved with the Stroke Association, who referred him onto People’s Voice Media to take part in a 6 week Film & Edit course, and now the rest is history! Frank is now a very active Community Reporter, reporting on his interests, his local community and he’s also a staff reporter for the Stroke Association where he covers their national events and news.
Whilst being with People’s Voice Media he has reported on many stories including the Mary Magdelene Hall renovation where he also interviewed two volunteers, he has written a blog about the day that changed his life (this story won him a ticket to this year’s Commonwealth day Observance as part of the Jubilee Time Capsule), attended a Big heroes for little heroes event at his local pub and also reported on an Easter camp event that was set up for young people in Salford Meadows. See more of Frank’s stories here.
Since becoming a Community Reporter he has visited Westminster Abbey in London to report on the Commonwealth Day Observance where he saw The Queen! Completed a BBC Community Reporter training scheme and passed with flying colours! He was recently nominated for an Adult Learner Award where he received a certificate to reflect his incredible journey, and now the icing on the cake is that he’s been featured in a weekly magazine – Full House!
Now who knows what else, the only way is up for Frank, next stop – the moon!!
Doom. Gloom. Misery. And a little panic around the edges. There’s not much to smile about at the moment it would seem………
But fear not! At People’s Voice Media, our Gonzo has been busy producing some great help guides and they’re guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
The communityreporter.co.uk website now has a Resource section for Community Reporters that has a range of information: videos explaining interview techniques, good story-telling tips or how to vox pop safely and successfully. There’s also a range of worksheets detailing how to edit video and audio files, how to create image slideshows or how to edit using GIMP.
All resources are available for Community Reporters to use and share.
If you’d like to know more about signing up to the Community Reporter site, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or see the About page for more details.
People’s Voice Media has been delivering a Community Reporters Lite programme at the D Shop in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
The sessions ran over six weeks with the two groups learning about blogging, digital photography and making a film to upload to the internet.
Comments from learners include:
“I really enjoyed the course. Thankyou.”
“Thankyou for an entertaining, educational and enlightening course David. Please continue with your inspiring work. Come to Huddersfield.”
“I enjoyed the course and David was great.”
“Very enjoyable course. Well delivered.”
Following the success of the course a further four sessions are being delivered as part of the “Meeting Places” project, documenting local people’s feelings about public spaces in the town.
In total thirteen people completed the course.
Here is a picture of Cath Miller receiving her Community Reporters certificate, badge and T Shirt from David Kay of People’s Voice Media.