Connected Communities Volunteering Opportunities Opportunity: ‘Burton @ 14’

Connected Communities Volunteering Opportunities

Opportunity: ‘Burton @ 14’ Heritage Lottery Fund Project for young people in Port Talbot area

The Choice Project and the Richard Burton Archives are working with Neath Port Talbot Further Education College and Port Talbot Libraries Service to run a fifteen-month Young Roots project, in which 70 young people aged 16 – 19 will take the life and diaries of Richard Burton as a route into exploring and interpreting the heritage, history and future of Port Talbot, using progressive educational methods and arts and media education.

The Lead Facilitator is Iona Towler-Evans, a teacher of many years’ standing, who is also a teacher trainer and a national trainer in the Mantle of the Expert teaching system, founded by Dorothy Heathcote (for info see: www.mantleoftheeexpert.com).

We would like to work with volunteers who are interested in education and unlocking the hidden talents of marginalised young people.

The participants will be relating to the local community in terms of oral history collection, viewings of films, and organising events, exhibitions and performances, between now and November 2017. They will be encouraged to go on trips to local sites of interest, and to develop their skills in areas such as photography, filming, art, drama, music and computer programming in order to produce a lasting legacy for their community.

Transport to the project locations from the Singleton Park or the Bay campuses can be organised for volunteers.

Skills required:

•             Very good interpersonal skills with adults and young people

•             Interest in educational methods

•             General interest in film, heritage, urban development, history, IT or the arts

Undergraduate and Postgraduate opportunities available.

Funding: basic travel costs and expenses are available. DBS checks are required, the cost of which is also covered.

Please contact Kate Spiller, Project Coordinator for further information: k.spiller@swansea.ac.uk

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