Community DoorwayCharities and community groups across Salford and Greater Manchester are being given the chance to link up with the BBC to make things happen in their neighbourhoods.

The BBC is today putting out a call for ideas from local groups would like to see them brought to life with their help.

The Community Doorway, an initiative from BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility, uses the skills and expertise of BBC staff volunteers to help deliver one-off projects that will bring them into contact with a diverse range of audiences.

Head of outreach and corporate responsibility, Diane Reid, explained how it had worked in the past: “We’ve been really inspired by the different communities we’ve worked with and we’ve been able to use skills like event organisation and PR as well as film-making to achieve some remarkable things together.”

So far, the BBC has worked on projects that have included helping set up websites, producing community events and delivering training. Manchester Pride 2014 showcased a film made by BBC staff volunteers and Manchester’s Lesbian and Gay Foundation, and BBC volunteers worked with people in Bolton to create an educational film about stranger danger.

The BBC is welcoming applications from charities and community groups in Salford and Greater Manchester that work with 16-24 year olds and/or groups that are considered to be disadvantaged or socially excluded.

The deadline for the round of applications is midnight on January 31st. To apply, download the application form from this website and send it back to

Applications for projects that engage other audiences will be considered but priority will be given to those beneficiaries identified as hard to reach.