June was filled with tasks directed towards Mega Mela. Volunteers were present almost every day and helped the interns produce relevant material for the Mega Mela event (leaflets, posters and schedules for the two days of the event). Ten posters were designed by the volunteers and interns. The posters’ purpose was to promote the gift-giving project at the day of the event and to attract people to visit the gift-giving stall. Moreover, the leaflets promoting the project were finalised and prepared for distribution.
One of the most important tasks of this month was to meet with Anna, the storybook designer. She provided the team with updates on the storybook and an idea of how the storybook would look like.
The people who expressed their interest in taking part in the project at the Insights event were contacted to see whether they were willing to provide an interview. Moreover, two focus groups took place with the purpose of preparing promotional material for the Mega Mela event in July.
The first half of April was taken up by Easter holidays. After Easter break, the Insights event took place in order to raise awareness for the project and gather more respondents and volunteers interested in taking part in the Gift-Giving project. Approximately sixty respondents expressed their interest in the project, whether by providing an interview or helping with secondary tasks.
The Gift-Giving Project team formulated a pitch that was send to the English Department of MMU as it expressed its interest in being involved with the storybook design and writing of stories. Also, the team engaged in activities that had to do with the planning of an Insights event that was scheduled to take place in April.
Focus group meetings with volunteers were held on three separate occasions. The topics discussed included designing promotional material for the Mega Mela such as leaflets and posters and the progress of the storybook was also discussed. Additionally, the interns were given the opportunity to manage the project in the absence of Dr Amna Khan by leading and organising these focus group meetings.
The team started collecting the stories that are going to be included in the storybook. Moreover, the team engaged in activities with the purpose of planning the Gift-Giving Project stall at Mega Mela. Agendas were also created for focus group meetings with volunteers.
A Thank You event took place to show our gratitude to the respondents who took part in the project this far. From the Thank You event, we grasped the opportunity to gather potential volunteers as well. MMU X-Change was also conducted to help us gather additional volunteers. Informational documents were also created to help volunteers working on the transcription of interviews.
More interviews were conducted and also, the gift-giving team had a meeting with the project Mentor to discuss the storyboard and mapping exercise for the project. One of the main goals of this month was to gather more volunteers in order to help the team with the transcription of interviews and other secondary tasks.
September was a very busy month for the Gift-Giving Project team. The main priority was to move forward with the conducting and transcribing of interviews. In addition, the team attended MMU’s Fresher’s Fair in order to raise interest for the Gift-Giving Project. A coffee morning was also organised and took place at Jinnah Centre in Bury with the purpose of acquiring potential interviewees. Finally, a steering group meeting was held to discuss the current status of the project and also arrange future tasks.