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Volunteering is a long-established practice in many cultural organisations, and there are numerous reasons that can motivate someone to volunteer – often social or altruistic reasons. It can build confidence and introduce skills to help people make the next step into paid employment. But are organisations in the creative and cultural industries doing enough to support this type of volunteer?

During this episode we hear from Esther Lisk-Carew, Volunteers Coordinator for the Manchester International Festival (MIF) and co-chair of the Heritage Volunteering Group in the North West and Rosie Wylie, Community Engagement Manager at Historic Environment Scotland. Throughout the episode, we also hear from Maya, Amy and Dylan, who recently volunteered at MIF 2021.

About the Creative & Cultural Skills podcast

Released in 2021, our first podcast series focused on the theme of ‘Build Back Fairer’. We spoke to professionals from across the creative and cultural sector and heard from young people at the start of their careers, to explore the impacts and opportunities that may have been heightened by, or arisen, during the pandemic.

The series was hosted by Rob West, and produced by Jay Sykes. With series voice Posy Jowett, and theme music by Stefano Mastronardi. Jay Sykes is a Freelance Audio Producer and an Academic Tutor based at the University of Sunderland. He specialises in audio drama, documentaries, and podcasting, and has adored being part of this project investigating important questions about the future of our sector.

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