Our Gateshead

Volunteer Interviewer

Description of what will be involved: 


Volunteer Interviewer


To assist the Project Team with recording people’s memories and experiences of the NHS and to contribute to the Project’s aim of creating a diverse and holistic history of the NHS.

Key Activities

3 days training in oral history skills
Planning and preparing for oral history interviews, including communicating with interviewees
Carrying out interviews
Taking informed consent from interviewees and completing consent forms
Handover of interview data and documentation
Completing interview summaries for the recordings
Acting as an Ambassador for NHS at 70


Additional Opportunities

Assisting the Project Team with research and writing
Supporting NHS at 70 engagement events and activities


You will need to be available for some time during weekdays, evenings and weekends. Training will take place during weekdays and some interviews may be undertaken in evenings and weekends.
Respect the confidentiality of interviewees and other interviewers.
Commitment to attending oral history training.
Undertake the minimum of 10 interviews.

What you will gain

Professional oral history training
Communication and research skills
An opportunity to meet new people

 An opportunity to play a part in an exciting heritage project and help shape its direction.


Interviews will take place across the North East


You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement to protect the confidentiality of interviewees.

Skills/Experience/Personal Qualities


You must be able to:

Work towards the Project’s aim of creating a holistic and diverse history of the NHS
Work as a team
Be punctual and reliable
Be respectful of others’ differences and choices
Maintain confidentiality at all times
Communicate clearly
Work within oral history good practice guidelines


You must be able to:

Communicate basic information about the NHS at 70 Project
Be aware of the Project aims and ongoing activities


For this role you need to have:

An interest in people
Ability to listen
Ability to plan and work independently
Ability to communicate clearly with others
Be non-judgemental
Have a keen interest in the history of the NHS
Some IT skills or willingness to learn

Supervision and support arrangements

Support and supervision is provided by the Project team through training, meetings, debriefs after interviews, volunteer group meetings.

Training and Dates

Oral History training:

Venue: Beamish Museum

Day 1 Training – 4 January 2019
Day 2 Training – 17 January 2019
Day 3 Training – 30 January 2019

Volunteer expenses

You will be able to claim travel expenses for attending training days and will be provided with refreshments, including lunch, during the training.
You will be able to claim travel expenses and subsistence when you are undertaking interviews.
You will be able to claim travel expenses and subsistence when you are assisting the Project Team with research and writing and/or supporting NHS at 70 engagement events/activities.




Opportunity Location: 
Areas of interest: 
Does opportunity require DBS check?: 
Opportunity start date: 
20th November 2018
Opportunity end date: 
Thursday, 31 January, 2019
Contact Person: 
Peter Mitchell
Contact details: 
0161 275 0560 peter.mitchell-3@manchester.ac.uk

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