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Call for Volunteers

Teamwork they say makes the dream work. We need your help to realise this project, so on this page, we explain more about what we’re trying to do and how you can get involved.

United We Win

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What is the Woven Together Project?

Woven Together is a community research project that explores the history of people of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic origin in and around Dundee. We want to uncover as many stories as we can and showcase them on this site and through various other activities. Possible outputs include community events, a pop-up exhibition, school projects, and more – we want your ideas about how best to share the results of our research.

How can I get involved? 

There are various ways that you can help us, depending on your own interest. Here are some of the main ones:

Archive Researchers  

We need lots of volunteers to investigate archives, records, newspapers, museum collections, and other sources to find information and turn it into stories  

 

Oral Histories  

We want people to record interviews with friends or relatives about their experiences in Dundee  

 

Video Historians  

We want people to record short films to capture visual histories such as traditional recipes, festivals or fashions 

 

Copywriters  

some of our archive detectives may not be able to write up their findings, so we need people to turn their information into readable blog posts for the website

Web editors   

we’re looking for volunteers with web design and editing skills to improve and add to this site   

Information verifiers/proof readers 

before we publish any information we need volunteers to check for accuracy 

Exhibition and Event Hosts  

maybe you have a venue that could host an activity relating to the project? 

Video/audio editors   

we need people who can edit video and audio recordings into suitable packages for the website 

Sponsors/Partners  

Perhaps you'd like to be more actively involved in the project as a partner or sponsor of one of our activities 

How much time would I need to commit?

The amount of time you need to spend on the project will differ from person to person. Some roles would only take an hour or two per week, while others may involve several hours spent in a museum, library or archive, or interviewing subjects. Choose the amount of time that is right for you.

What support will I get?

We want to help our volunteers as much as possible. We can suggest topics for research and introduce you to the right contacts in local museums, libraries and archives to help you find the sources you need.

You may be able to do oral history interviews on your phone, but our colleagues in the University of Dundee Archives can train you to use professional equipment if required, as well as advise about permission forms, copyright etc.

We recognise that costs may be a barrier so we may be able to cover some travel expenses and childcare costs to help you spend the time you need to take part. Please discuss your needs with us in advance and we will do what we can to help.

What’s in it for me?

There are lots of reasons to get involved in the project. As well as doing something positive for the community, you will have the opportunity to gain new skills (eg in research, interviewing, web editing etc) and get valuable work experience to boost your CV. 

Anyone who completes at least 10 hours of volunteering will receive a certificate of participation and for our most active volunteers, we may be able to provide employment references where appropriate.

 

If you’d like to get involved, please complete the Volunteer Sign up form below to let us know what your interests are

If you have any queries about the project, please contact woventogetherdundee@gmail.com

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