Volunteer In The Community

‘Volunteers in the Community’ – a strand of the Web of Water, started on the 4th November 2013 with young people from the National Citizen Service going into the community to record oral history on the theme of water. Oral history is the recording of people’s memories, experiences and opinions – a living history of everyone’s unique life experience and an opportunity for those people who have been ‘hidden from history’ to have their voice heard, a rare chance to talk about and record history face-to-face.

This opportunity developed individuals community engagement skills, and was an ideal opportunity for career development/ portfolio building.

They recorded conversations they had with people on the streets of Derby about water.

Everything that was recorded will be used at the end of the project to inspire final outcomes such as a booklet, an exhibition, a film, installation, artworks, and online resources. These will all be accessible to the public.

If you are interested in heritage/community engagement/film making/arts, get in touch today to find out how you can get involved.




As a part of this project participants were involved in working in the community collecting and documenting stories. They went out into the community to engage people in capturing stories about water, these stories were recorded in a variety of formats such as audio recordings, videos and written matter.The global topic of water, its uses and misuses and traditional connections linked to different cultures were discussed while participants used digital cameras to take photographs and create films to document the output of the community.

The first session was on the 1st of August

The second session was the 8th August

The third section was on the 15th August

The fourth session was on the 22nd August

The fifth and final session was on the 29th August

The final collection of selected stories was made into a short, informative video film to be shown at the exhibition in Deda on the 27th September 2014.




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