BBC is encouraging audiences to ‘Do Something Great’

BBC is encouraging audiences to ‘Do Something Great’

This year the BBC will be encouraging audiences to Do Something Great and discover their ‘inner volunteer’. With a wealth of inspiring and heart-warming programmes across TV and radio, and a bespoke online quiz to help people discover their perfect volunteering match, the BBC will be putting people and charities in touch, to help each other.

There will be a new website for Do Something Great – the go-to online hub for the season with details on BBC programming across TV, radio and online, and related links directing users to external areas of interest once they’ve been bitten by the volunteering bug.

BBC One and BBC Two will be getting behind the season in the lead up to this year’s National Volunteers’ Week in June. The Springwatch team will be calling on viewers to get involved, with a call to action this Easter and again in June, with beach cleans, planting for wildlife and a host of activities for audiences to join in, here.

Hairy Bikers Si and Dave will take on one of their biggest challenges – bringing together pensioners and troubled teens, in Old School With The Hairy Bikers for BBC Two, to see if 12 unlikely couples spending time together as equals can transform their difficult lives.

A new BBC One series, Saving Lives At Sea, tells the story of the ordinary men and women who staff RNLI lifeboat stations across the UK – an army of unpaid volunteers who provide a vital rescue service on Britain’s waters. And DIY SOS will be celebrating the efforts of the series’ volunteers, uncovering what motivates people to lend a hand.

Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor, BBC Four, said : “2016 is an important year for partnerships at the BBC as we look at what we can achieve when we work closely with like-minded organisations.”

“The launch of the Do Something Great season is just that – a celebration of the fantastic relationships we form with key volunteering organisations and charities across the UK such as Do-It; Volunteer Scotland; Volunteer Wales and Volunteer NOW. With supporting content from BBC TV, radio and online, we are working together to encourage the public to get involved and Do Something Great in their local community.”

Nick Knowles, DIY SOS presenter, said : “Having worked with over 20,000 volunteers on DIY SOS I’ve seen first-hand the power of volunteering – not only for the people helped but for the volunteers themselves – a sense of value, of being part of something bigger than themselves, of community and a real sense of achievement.”

“New friendships are forged and a different outlook on the world we live in. Volunteering really can change people’s lives and quite often, it’s the lives of those who have volunteered that change the most. You can’t change the world but you can change someone’s world.”

“Volunteering really can change people’s lives and quite often, it’s the lives of those who have volunteered that change the most. You can’t change the world but you can change someone’s world.”

Other programmes involved in the season include Countryfile, Gardeners’ World and Lifeline as well as the local BBC radio networks. In addition, Do Something Great will be joining forces with the Radio 1 & 1Xtra #1millionhours campaign, which is encouraging young people to pledge their time to make a difference.

Helen Timbrell, Volunteering and Community Involvement Director at the National Trust, said : “As Springwatch At Easter presenters Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan recently discovered whilst filming at our Stackpole Estate, the National Trust relies upon the help of more than 60,000 volunteers to look after the special places in our care. Our places offer opportunities for everyone: from looking after rare breed cattle at Wimpole Home Farm in Cambridgeshire to helping to keep Pembrokeshire’s beaches free of plastic litter with the local community at one of our drop-in Beach Cleans. With the natural environment facing some real challenges over the coming years it’s more important than ever that we all get out and Do Something Great for nature.”

Online, a new BBC iWonder quiz, Could You Be Your Neighbourhood’s Superhero? will be giving audiences who may have never volunteered before the chance to discover their perfect volunteering match. After completing the quiz they will be presented with personalised suggestions and links directing them to one of our partners to find opportunities nearby. Whether a people-person, best suited to volunteering with the young or the old; a hands-on helper just right for cleaning up beaches, planting for wildlife or tackling DIY SOS-style home renovation projects; or a wallflower more comfortable with helping from home, there is something to suit everyone. It will be accompanied by an iWonder guide exploring ‘Why Should I Volunteer’.


About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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