Flock of Stories Project Volunteers - RSPB Old Moor

Various roles for volunteers to take part in the development of the Flock of Stories project in connection with Chol Theatre

Thursday 3 December 2020
Vacancy type:
Volunteering at home, Community groups
Old Moor

What we're looking for

Are you a storyteller? Are you fascinated by local history? Do you love the performing arts? RSPB Old Moor has secured National Lottery Heritage funding to make RSPB Old Moor and our other sites in the Dearne Valley even better for our wildlife and visitors over the next three years and ongoing into the future. We will offer a fabulous visitor experience, including highlighting the industrial heritage of Old Moor and the surrounding area through a new venture with Chol Theatre. Find out more about Chol Theatre here: https://wearechol.co.uk/ There is a rich history of mining and strong community spirit in the Dearne Valley - we want to celebrate and share this, not let it be forgotten. In the Flock of Stories project, Chol Theatre will gather memories and stories from the local community. The source material will be crafted and edited into a script and developed into a live performance to share with our visitors. Chol Theatre and the RSPB are keen to involve local people at all stages of the project and the volunteering tasks are very varied. In this first stage of volunteer roles, we are looking for people to help collect memories and stories from local people to form the basis of the script and live theatre. You can develop interviewing and oral history/interview skills, deepen community connections and gain experience in the creation and ideas stage of theatre. Story gathering will be carried out in a Covid safe way and altered as needed. If you would like more information, please get in touch! Future volunteering opportunities later in the project include, in Stage 2, script creation and developing the narrative and in Stage 3 drama and performance techniques for the theatre performance and associated roles e.g.. costumes, prop creation etc.

The skills you need

For a Stage 1 volunteer: An interest in the local history A wish to connect with the heritage of local communities Be at ease talking to all sorts of people and have the communication skills to prompt memories or follow aspects of an interview conversation to accurately and fully document what that participant has the share. Good recording or transcription skills. Enthusiastic, with a passion for storytelling.

Your time

Up to 3 years
All year round

What's in it for you?

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a live theatre performance to celebrate the Dearne Valley's industrial heritage. You might be interested in this heritage and learning more or how local heritage is interpreted into a creative script and performance. In later stages of the project, you could gain theatre and arts skills such as prop creation, costume design, directing and acting. Develop your skills and knowledge of how live performances are created, working with a local theatre company. We can provide reference of your volunteering with us, if appropriate

How to apply


Elizabeth Harding, Old Moor
Tel: 01226 273830
Email: Elizabeth.Harding@RSPB.ORG.UK


Recruiting volunteers now for Stage 1 of the project: collecting local stories. There will be further volunteering opportunities in Stages 2 and 3 of the project, timings Covid-19 dependent. Contact Liz Harding, Community and Volunteer Engagement Officer who will put you in touch with Chol Theatre and Arts Company - on 01226 273 784 or 07729 627280 or by email. Like nature, our survival depends on diversity. Nature has no borders and neither do we. We believe that nature is everybody's right and being an equal, diverse organisation is the right thing to do to find solutions to our common challenges. We recognise the value of difference and want all volunteers to feel welcome, included and able to be themselves. We want to better reflect the communities in which we work so particularly welcome more volunteer applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and people under 25. We have a good representation from people with disabilities amongst our volunteers and are open to discussion of any adjustments you may need or want to volunteer.

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