OUTSIDE training


In 2024 OUTSIDE have an ambition to support the creative sector across the Moorlands in a wide variety of ways, including providing a range of training opportunities. Recently in a steering group, someone expressed an interest in learning more about collecting oral stories. OUTSIDE are passionate about stories and we’ve loved hearing about the sense of importance for collecting and recording oral histories from across the Moorlands. So to start our training programme we have invited the Oral History Society to provide training for a group of local residents to develop skills that will help us and other groups collect, curate and share these stories for generations to come.

This course is open to anyone to apply to participate. In line with our priorities around accessibility we are pleased to be able to offer fully funded places (if you face any additional challenges to accessing this training please let us know).

Please register your interest by clicking on the link and completing this brief form: Oral Histories Training Form

Closing date for applications: 12th February, 5pm

An Introduction to Oral Histories

Date: 1st March

Timings: 10am to 4.30pm

Venue: Local Histories Room, Leek Library, Nicholson Institute, Leek

Delivered by: The Oral History Society

This training covers the following areas:

· What is oral history? Understanding memory

· Getting started: aims and objectives, who to interview, question approaches

· An introduction to choosing your recording equipment

· The interview: dos and don’ts

· Practice interview session and evaluation

· Documentation: summarising, transcription, copyright, archiving

This opportunity is open to all Staffordshire Moorlands residents, aged 16+, no prior experience required.

As this is the first in a series of training sessions we are keen to hear from others about training they would be interested in receiving, this could include things like digital content creation, events planning and licensing, running environmentally sustainable events, how to make your work/events more accessible, community consultation, what good evaluation looks like, or skills development like building large scale puppets etc… We’re keen to hear what you would like to attend. Please email hello@outsidearts.org

1-2-1 Sessions with the OUTSIDE team

As part of our support for the cultural sector in the Moorlands we are offering 1-2-1 sessions via Zoom. You can book a 1-2-1 with the Director of OUTSIDE Sarah Bird. Occasionally the Chair of the OUTSIDE board Susan Clarke or our Operations Manager Katie Aldous may also be available.

These sessions are free to creatives across the Moorlands. They can be used to explore ideas or seek advice, if you are creating an event, looking for fundraising advice, developing your creative practice, building partnerships and new networks, or looking for information on organisational management, business or just fancy a catch up and chat about the cultural sector, please book a session.

Friday mornings once a month, available slots at 9am, 9.45am and 10.30am:

2nd February – book session here (fully booked)

8th March – book session here (fully booked)

5th April – book session here (fully booked)

10th May – book session here (fully booked)

Work Placements

Looking for a placement, work experience (formal or informal) or an internship?

OUTSIDE offer a flexible approach to work experience, skills development and placements. There are a range of different opportunities available including digital marketing, business administration, events management, community arts and fundraising.

We welcome a conversation with individuals or educational establishments about what that experience could look like.

Looking for an experience to support your studies, career or just to try something new?

Get in touch, email katie.aldous@outsidearts.org