It’s About Time project – participants wanted

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Are you aged 50+ and living in Merseyside with a passion for media and the arts? People who fit this criteria, and who are not currently in paid employment, are invited to sign up to a new project called It’s About Time. 

Successful applicants will be trained online by the BBC to produce a podcast relating to mental health and wellbeing, with a focus on the idea that participants can Create For Wellbeing. 

The overall aim is to draw out participants’ stories and experiences that will inspire listeners and provide insight into lived experience of mental health issues and/or personal approaches to achieving and maintaining wellbeing.  

It’s About Time, which will run until the end of March 2021, is funded by the European Social Fund Liverpool programme. The project is facilitated by Our Time time bank (Richmond Fellowship) in partnership with BBC Radio Merseyside, Voluntary Arts England and Timebanking UK.


Participant eligibility criteria:

  • A passion for media, culture and the arts
  • Aged 50+ (though we have a little flexibility with this – more details on request)
  • A commitment to completing eight hours of online media training, eight hours of non-guided learning and producing a podcast focused on mental health and wellbeing
  • Currently not in paid employment
  • Resident within the Liverpool City Region
  • Have the legal right to live and work in the U.K. for the duration of the project


It’s About Time will support each participant member to complete:

  • 8 hours of specialist online training delivered by BBC Radio Merseyside in partnership with Voluntary Arts England (Up For Arts programme, including:
    • An introduction to BBC Radio Merseyside with virtual tour
    • How to plan and produce a podcast as part of a team of fellow project members (online)
    • Digital storytelling techniques and methods
    • How to conduct interviews and book guests
    • Methods to develop of a social media strategy to promote a podcast
  • 8 hours of non-guided learning (studies, timebanking activities)
    • Visits to cultural sites, arts, dance performances and timebanking activities (co-ordinated by Our Time, in person – Covid-19 permitting) (reasonable expenses met by Timebanking UK).

All trainee-produced radio content will be promoted on BBC Radio Merseyside and members may be invited to give an interview for a radio show as part of this.

Participation will include signing up to Our Time time bank for the duration of the project and beyond March 2021, should they wish to remain a member. The DWP has confirmed that time bank membership as part of TBUK will not affect receipt of benefits (more details on request).

If you have any queries or would like to refer someone to the project, please contact me by email or on 07901 517336.

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