Anyone interested in volunteering will be invited to visit the STN premises to see what we do and decide in which area they would most like to help. All volunteers are required to complete a registration form and will receive a letter of welcome. Necessary training will be given. Roles include the following.
Last updated: May 2022
1. Production Roles
Readers read approximately once every four or five weeks, either in the studio with a technician, or from home with their own equipment. Volunteers wishing to read take a simple voice test to test both the quality of reading and, where appropriate, recording. More...
Using their own equipment assemble the files submitted by home readers, process them according to guidance provided and save them in a specified format. Files are submitted by readers in several file formats and the vast majority are uploaded to a file sharing site, currently Dropbox. Once processed the files are uploaded to a number of specified sites.
Files are generally submitted by readers over a weekend, including on the Monday, and processing is required to be completed by the Monday evening to be available for the Tuesday duplicating technician.
Studio Recording Technicians
News recording takes place on Monday evenings in STN’s Mappin Street studio. As well as operating the recording equipment the studio recording technician manages the recording sessions.
During recording the technician is expected to exercise discretion in deciding where a retake is necessary due to reader’s stumbles etc., and to check through the recordings after the readers have left.
The edited files are saved ready for duplication and publication on Tuesday morning.
The above description applies to the regular weekly news recordings, but opportunities exist to perform recordings at other times.
The duplicating technician is required to work in the Mappin Street studio on Tuesday mornings and role comes in two forms. More...
Duplication and Distribution
On Tuesday mornings a team of volunteers process the previous week’s memory sticks which have been returned by subscribers, copy the latest news onto the returned sticks, and place them into reusable wallets for distribution by the Royal Mail. The listener database is kept up to date to reflect any new subscriptions, cancellations, and changes of listeners’ details.
For full details of Dispatch please see ‘Dispatch Coordinator’ role below.
OFFICER & COORDINATOR ROLES
Administrator / Vice Chair
Website and Email Coordinator
Assistant Technical Coordinator
The Rota Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the production, distribution and smooth running of working rotas. More...
One-off Recordings Coordinator
The One-Off-Recordings Coordinator is responsible for producing one-off recordings. More...
Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator
The Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator is responsible for ensuring awareness of volunteering roles and the smooth induction and ongoing performance of all volunteers More...
The Dispatch Coordinator is responsible for overseeing a team of volunteers working on Tuesday mornings to process the previous week’s memory sticks which have been returned by subscribers, copy the latest news onto the returned sticks, and place them into reusable wallets for distribution by the Royal Mail. The listener database is kept up to date to reflect any new subscriptions, cancellations, and changes of listeners’ details. More...
The Magazine Coordinator takes overall responsibility for the production and issue of all magazines. More...
The Fund-Raising Coordinator works with the Treasurer and Marketing Coordinators to oversee bids, grants and events for funding. More...
The Marketing Coordinator is responsible for enhancing awareness of both volunteering roles and our services throughout all communities in the city. More...
Social Media Coordinator
The Social Media Coordinator is responsible for working closely with other volunteers to develop and oversee the charity’s long-term presence on social media platforms. More...
Contact Liaison Coordinator
The Contact Liaison Coordinator is responsible for developing and maintaining a list / spreadsheet of contacts made by STN with other organisations and individuals. More...
The Diversity Coordinator is responsible for ensuring STN reaches out to more communities in the city to expand our services to as many people as possible. More...
The Archivist is responsible for maintaining records of key events within STN. More...