Volunteers Wanted for new Heritage Project

Volunteers Wanted for new Heritage Project

The Sickle Cell Society is developing a Heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project will chart a history of Sickle Cell Disorders (SCD) in the UK since the Windrush generation’s arrival. SCD disproportionately affects people of Black African and Caribbean heritage in the UK and is now its fastest-growing genetic condition.

The project will target participant groups in London, the Midlands (where SCD prevalence is high) as well as North England, engaging a much wider audience in public events. Over 18 months, we will deliver: research and evidence-gathering; the UK’s first SCD-specific archive; workshops engaging young people and the over 50s with SCD; oral histories obtained from a number of campaigners, pioneers, patients, and other prominent individuals); a project lecture; a project film; information resources; exhibition and screening events; and more.

We are looking to cover 4 volunteers’ positions (2 in London; 2 in West Midlands /East Midlands)

As a volunteer you will assist the Project Coordinator with:

  • gathering resources/archives (research)
  • workshops
  • mounting of the exhibition and lecture events
  • interviewing SCD patients, health professionals, and SCD campaigners

If you are interested in pursuing a career and/or gaining experience in research, curating, art education or if you are simply interested in the subject this is a role for you.

Volunteers are sought from October 2019 to November 2020.

Volunteering days are flexible and will be agreed based on the volunteer’s schedule. Travel and lunch expenses will be covered.

How to apply

Candidates should send an email with the subject ‘Heritage Project’ to Alinta Sara (alinta.sara@sicklecellsociety.org) a cover letter outlining relevant experience, and an indication of your availability. After your induction with the project, there is an option for you to assist with research remotely.

Deadline 12th October