Now that the big summer of sport has drawn to a close you can read here about some of the highlights from our outreach work, as well as some of the projects taking us into autumn.

You can also read about the BBC Corporate Responsibility Performance Review 2012, which was published earlier this week.

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The Kick Off Reporters in a studio.

Time for kick-off

BBC Kick Off is a training scheme for would-be sports reporters from diverse backgrounds and with no previous media education or experience. It gives the new journalists an opportunity to develop their experience and reporting skills within the BBC.

After selection from over 800 applicants, the 20 trainees join us at the start of the summer for an intensive two-day training course at the BBC's College of Journalism in Bristol. They then spend two days a week at selected BBC Local Radio stations throughout England working on daily sports output. By the end of the scheme in September they have the skills and experience to match their enthusiasm. Many previous trainees have gone on to find work as sports reporters or production staff.

September 14th was the end of the 2012 scheme, and concluded with a bang at the BBC Kick Off Sports Reporters Awards Day in Quay House, Salford. Special guests, including Football Focus presenter Dan Walker and Head of BBC Outreach Alec McGivan, were there to hand out their well-earned end-of-placement certificates.

Visit the scheme's Facebook page here.

Coming up...

The BBC New Comedy Award heats are taking place around the country as budding standups compete for their place in the final, which is broadcast on BBC Radio 2. Audiences will be able to vote for who they think deserves the coveted trophy.

As part of the BBC's contribution to the 2012 Fermanagh Festival Live, BBC Northern Ireland's Community Archive has joined with Fermanagh Trust to develop a short series of archive screenings, each of which will be introduced by a guest speaker.

Registration is now open for the next workshop of the BBC SO Family Orchestra and Chorus - an ensemble for all ages, all instruments, and all levels of ability. Families can make music together alongside members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a fun family-friendly environment. It's free to take part or watch any performances.

More forthcoming events

young girl bouncing on a Shaun the Sheep bouncing pall at Salford's MediaCityUK.

Summer days in Salford

A series of BBC Children's ‘Summer in the City' events took place on the piazza at MediaCityUK in Salford during August.

Over 20,000 children and parents attended the free events which included CBBC Sports Days hosted by presenters Sam and Mark, along with two live performances of Justin's House Party featuring fun and frolics with Justin Fletcher and sidekick butler, Robert the Robot.

The line-up also included two Singalong with CBeebies musical extravaganzas starring children's favourites Rastamouse, Bob the Builder and the ZingZillas and a special premiere of two brand-new episodes of CBBC dramas – Leonardo and Stepping Up – which offered visitors the chance to ask questions of the cast of both shows.

Find out more about BBC North here.

Young people filming a group of young people having a discussion.

Talking freely

Free Speech is a new live debate show aimed at 18–25 year olds, giving viewers the chance to have their say about current issues. The BBC 3 show will be broadcast from a different part of the UK each month.

To encourage young people to get engaged, BBC Learning’s media literacy unit ‘The Lab’ is working with groups of young people to make films for the show.

Each group learns about framing, continuity, interviewing, scripting, and editing in a week of workshops. They get hands-on experience and experience a professional crew in action. The culmination for the group is the live broadcast when they see their film go out in the show and take part in the live debate.

Read more about the show here.


An audience watching Olympic footage at the Portsmouth Big Screen.

Achieving big on the big screens

BBC Big Screens bring communities across the UK to life and offer a unique experience that goes beyond the BBC’s traditional relationship with audiences in their homes.

BBC Big Screens were proud to be at the heart of the national celebrations this summer, playing a key role in the BBC's delivery of the Olympic Games.

The screens were part of the official London 2012 Live Sites programme and helped deliver the experience promised in the London 2012 bid - to engage with as many people as possible.

During the Games, the screens attracted up to 500,000 people per day at Live Sites throughout the country. With no need for tickets, the BBC Big Screens offered the perfect opportunity to share the great historical sporting moments.

Visit the Big Screens website here.

Fromt cover of the BBC Corporate Responsibility Performance Review 2012.

Performance Review published

BBC Outreach published the BBC's Corporate Responsibility Performance Review 2012. This is where we report on our work during the previous financial year - you can read about the highlights from our Beyond the Broadcast work, how we've reduced our environmental impacts and the ways that we supported the charity sector.

This publication supplements the BBC's Annual Report, which was published in July. It's part of our wider corporate responsibility communications which include these newsletters and the CR Updates we produce three or four times a year.

We hope that this makes it clear to our audience the importance we place on behaving as a responsible organisation and the actions we take to achieve this.

Read the report here.


Two men working on a computer.

Partnership working

Staff volunteers are using their experience of working at the BBC to help a unique national charity.

The Prison Radio Association (PRA) broadcasts radio into prison cells in England Wales. It's one of a small number of national charities benefitting from a partnership with BBC Outreach. Projects with the PRA provide opportunities for staff volunteers who are keen to share skills, work in different places and meet new audiences.

A number of radio production projects have taken place in prisons allowing BBC staff to help the charity gather stories and activity of life behind bars for broadcast through the PRA.

A mentoring programme aligning senior staff at the BBC to mangers from the PRA is also in place to help the charity grow and leave a strong legacy when the partnership ends in 2013.

Click here to visit the PRA website.

BBC Shows logo.

That's the ticket!

Nearly 400 charities have now signed up for the 2012 BBC Outreach Charity Tickets Ballot, which was drawn for the first time in August.

Tickets for shows like Strictly Come Dancing and Later with Jools Holland are among those available and any registered UK charity is eligible to enter. The draw will be made twice each year so those who weren’t been successful the first time around need not lose hope - the next draw will be made in December.

A charity employee can join on behalf of their registered charity, and the tickets can be offered to the charity beneficiaries or volunteers working for it.

We’ll publish a full list of winners on our website alongside the terms and conditions. If you’re eligible and would like to join the draw, visit the BBC Outreach website for more information.

Find out more here.


And finally...

BBC Two's The Choir: Sing While You Work sees Gareth Malone transforming staff at four very different workplaces into confident singers.

To help others around the country set up their own workforce choir, BBC Learning has produced an online toolkit featuring a step-by-step guide, videos and tutorials – everything you need to get going.

Find the resource here.

Families living close to the BBC's Media Village and Television Centre in west London enjoyed learning some of the tricks involved in creating a radio drama last weekend.

BBC Outreach invited visitors at the White City Festival to take on radio acting roles as well as sound effect creation as part of the fun-packed day celebrating the people living in the area.

Visit the BBC Outreach website.

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