Video Nation looking for volunteer stories

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Volunteer film-makers to show their inspiration on Video Nation

BBC’s award-winning Video Nation has teamed up with a national awards scheme to give volunteers the chance to tell their story on television and online.

Makers of the acclaimed programme, in which members of the public are given a camera and shown how to make a video diary, have joined forces with the Volunteer Britain competition, devised by CSV and organised as part of the Year of the Volunteer, which is run by CSV and the Volunteering England Consortium.

Volunteer Britain, a unique national film, audio and digital storytelling competition launched earlier this month, aims to challenge and change the perceptions of volunteering in the UK by allowing film-makers the chance to tell their own stories. With the BBC now on board, volunteers do not even need film-making skills to enter – as Video Nation will provide the equipment and the expertise.

CSV Director Sue Farrington said: “This competition builds on the successful partnership CSV has had with the BBC over many years, and will mean that Volunteer Britain is now open not just to experienced film makers but to first timers too!

“This will ensure that everyone with a story to tell has a chance to participate and show how volunteering has made a difference either to their lives, or the community in which they live.”

Rosemary Richards, Editor of Video Nation said “The BBC has a commitment to diversity and giving people a voice. Video Nation has successfully fulfilled this role over many years, on TV and online. Working with CSV on this project will enable more people to develop film making skills and opens up an exciting new range of content for the BBC to showcase.”

Volunteer Britain offers a great opportunity for people to capture on camera or cassette their volunteering experiences, whether it be as a school governor, a mentor to a disadvantaged youngster or a sports coach. Recipients of volunteering are also encouraged to recount their own stories of how a volunteer has had a positive impact of their lives.

Entries for the Video Nation competition must be received by CSV by Monday 9th May, with the best three ideas being made into film during Volunteer Recognition month in June. However, anyone wishing to make their own film, without the help of the BBC, has until September 16th, with regional finals taking place that month, and the grand final for the winners of each UK region in October.

Entrants may well see their content showcased on the Community Channel in June, July and August following the channel’s activity to support Volunteers Week in early June.

Volunteer Britain actively encourages people of all ages and from all social backgrounds to get involved in production of a film, from school children to business people, and CSV particularly welcomes entries from minority groups, people with disabilities, children, retired people and older workers.

Industry professionals may also be interested to know that the entries we receive will be archived as a record of community activity in 2005 for future use on TV, radio or online. Any organisations who wish to become involved with Volunteer Britain should contact Damian Radcliffe at CSV on 0207 643 1403.

Information for entrants is available from For further information on the Year of the Volunteer log on to


For press enquires: contact Chris Pitt on 0207 812 0036 or Martin Walford 0207 812 0033 / 07791 987 778

For other Volunteer Britain enquiries: contact

Notes for Editors

  1. Year of the Volunteer 2005 is owned by volunteers, led by a partnership between Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and the Volunteering England Consortium, and supported by the Home Office.


  1. The Volunteering England Consortium consists of Volunteering England, TimeBank, do-it, The Media Trust, Bitc and Youth Action Network.


  1. To find out more about events and activities during the Year of the Volunteer 2005, please visit the official website at and watch The Community Channel 24 hours a day on Sky 585 and Telewest 233.  It’s also on ntl 14 and from 6-9am on Freeview 46. Alternatively, contact the CSV Action Desk at your local BBC radio station.

The above is also available as a Word document: videonationpressrelease

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