Roma Oral History Project Volunteer at Roma Support Group

Oral History Project Volunteers - explore, record, archive and share the unrecorded stories of Roma refugees and migrants in London.

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Hours per week 3 hours
Location Roma Support Group’s office in Canning Town (L. B. Newham), as well as outreach across London (depending on the specific task within the role) 318 Barking Road Newham London E13 8HL Closest tube or bus routes: Canning Town Station (Underground Station Jubilee Line & DLR) – 10-15 mins walk from the office King Street bus stop (5, 115, 276, 300, 330) – 1 min walk from the office
Description

The Roma Support Group is currently looking for a number of Roma Oral History Project Volunteers, who will support the Roma Oral History Researchers in recording and archiving Roma people’s oral histories, promoting the project, co-organising educational workshops and exhibitions.

Volunteers may support delivery of a chosen aspect of the project or they may get involved in all stages of the project (2 years) depending on their skills and interests. The extensive training will be provided by the Roma Support Group, the London Metropolitan Archives and the Oral History Society.

Potential tasks:
- Undertaking research into the history of the Roma community in London.
- Act as an interpreter for the Project (Roma dialects and Eastern European languages).
- Assisting in the use of the recording equipment (training provided by the Oral History Society) and taking responsibility for its safeguarding during the interviews.
- Assisting Roma Researchers with the interviews (setting up the recording equipment, making sure the material is properly recorded during the interview and looking after wellbeing of the people involved in the interviewing process).
- Assisting with the transcription of the interviews, translation and proofreading.
- Assisting with the delivery of the educational workshops to schools.
- Providing help in creating an interactive website, editing recorded materials, designing promotional materials, e.g. leaflets, posters.

Volunteering with us is a great chance for you to get experience, references and training opportunities, as well as gain an insight into Roma history and culture.

* The Project (2017-2019) will focus on the unrecorded oral histories of Roma refugees and migrants from East/Central Europe living in London since the mid-1990s, exploring the themes of displacement, changing identities, and an emerging sense of belonging in their new country.
The oral histories will be collected and archived by the Roma researchers with the assistance of volunteers. All of the collected oral histories will be audio-recorded, transcribed, translated, catalogued and archived at the London Metropolitan Archives and Redbridge Museum, making them available to the wider public for the first time in UK.
Researchers and volunteers will be also engaged in organising educational workshops and exhibitions.

This opportunity will assist you in gaining the following skills:

  • Interpersonal/Confidence
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving/Creativity
  • Computer/Technical

Training will be provided by the organisation for this position:

Our volunteers will be given an induction training into various aspects of work (project’s methodology, themes, outreach, data protection, health and safety and administration), as well as Roma Cultural Awareness Training.

They will attend specialist training sessions in:
- Oral history skills (research, interviewing, collating data, using recording equipment, transcription) provided by the Oral History Society.
- Collections and conservation (acquisitions, cataloguing, handling and caring for collections) provided by the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).
- Creating and delivering educational workshops for schools provided by the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).

About you

The organisation has indicated the following requirements from volunteers who want to take this opportunity.

Essential: a minimum age of 18 years; tactful and patient when dealing with people

Desirable: ability to communicate cross-culturally in a variety of settings; a good sense of humour

Interested?

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