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Cheryl Martin, one of the artists who took part in our surgeries. No, don't worry, not that kind of surgery. Image by Fotocad.

Unlimited Bursaries for Bloggers

At Unlimited, we’ve been asking ourselves what more we can do to reach out and communicate more broadly – and an initiative from the British Council caught our eye. Never one to let a good idea pass us by, we are creating our own Unlimited Bursaries for Bloggers.

We aim to create a group of disabled bloggers, vloggers and social media influencers who can cover Unlimited events, give us an additional perspective and reach new audiences.

“We’ve been looking at how bloggers and vloggers are really gaining ground, and how a number of disabled people are absolutely central to this new wave of journalism,” says Jo Verrent, Senior Producer for Unlimited. “If the mainstream media won’t shift to be equitable, then new channels provide a great way to push past that prejudice and open up discussion and debate in new ways.”

So we are looking to generate a list of content creators that we can draw on over the next year or so, as opportunities arise.

Our first opportunity is at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. Unlimited is hosting two events with the Fringe Society at Fringe Central:

Also, one of our commissions, 111 by Joel Brown, is part of the Made in Scotland Showcase and some artists that we are supporting are also up with other work, such as Cheryl Martin with Alaska. There is also a huge range of work by other disabled artists throughout the Fringe.

We are looking for someone to come to the Fringe – or perhaps even someone already planning to be up there – to attend Unlimited’s events, see work by disabled artists and create some fresh content for us. Could it be you or do you know someone who would be perfect for this role?

Who is eligible?

We encourage applications from:

  • Journalists, writers, bloggers, vloggers, or social media influencers who identify as disabled.
  • People who are active on social media, with an engaged audience and available to represent Unlimited on their Twitter and Facebook accounts for duration of their event coverage.
  • People who are informed about the Social Model of Disability and barriers disabled artists/people face.
  • People who have a knowledge of disability arts or are keen to learn more.

You must be based within the UK to apply.

What do you get?

  • £250 for each piece of content you create (i.e. blog) and that we accept, plus the potential to open up an ongoing relationship for future paid blogging opportunities.
  • Expenses for the event/s you are covering including travel and accommodation if required.
  • Access requirements met if not covered by Access to Work.

How to apply

This opportunity is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.