Nov 8 2023 - Posted by Yvonne

The Talking Shop Blackwood Freelance Host Call Out

Come and join us.

We are recruiting freelance 

Talking Shop hosts.

Sgroliwch i lawr am y Gymraeg/Please scroll down for Welsh.


This call out is to recruit freelance Talking Shop hosts for the final trial in Blackwood in Caerphilly County which will be open March 4 – June 1 2024

We are now only receiving applications from freelancers born or based in Caerphilly County and/or the Welsh Valleys.

All hosts must attend one online training session and must be DBS checked before they begin.

The final training session will be held online on Friday 22 March 4-6pm

The deadline to apply is midday 21 March.


When and where is it?

The work is person in Blackwood in Caerphilly County.

The shop will be open 9.30am -5.30pm.

Hosts will be onsite from 9am until 5.45 pm.


The Fee

The freelance Talking Shop host fee is £150 a day or £75 for co-hosts for half a day.The Talking Shop is open Monday – Saturday 9.30-5.30pm

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an online training session where we meet applicants instead of formal interviews.

Successful applicants will be invited to join us for two paid trial training shifts. We hope that you will find the training session useful whatever the outcome.

We guarantee two probationary onsite paid training days for all successful applicants after which we all decide if you will then join the pool of growing Talking Shop freelance hosts. The invitation to join a training session is not an offer of work. We rota hosts as fairly as possible to make sure the work opportunity is equal and balanced and that priority is given to local freelancers.

You will be contracted as a self-employed person and will be responsible for declaring your earnings to HMRC and paying your own tax and national insurance.

Nb. No previous experience, skills or knowledge in Democracy/Politics is required. This is NOT about party politics.


Who can apply?

If you answer yes to all the questions below you can apply today.

  • Are you a freelancer working in the arts/cultural/creative sector across any medium(s) (or an existing Democracy Box young co-creator) and born or based in Wales?
  • Are you aged 18 or over?
  • Do you value cultural and democratic participation for all citizens?
  • Do you want to help increase cultural and democratic participation in Wales?
  • Do you think everyone should know the story of our UK democracy?
  • Would you like to help everyone know what’s on in theatres, galleries, live performance spaces, arts centres, museums, libraries and anywhere and everywhere in their local town and city?
  • Do you want people to have a voice and get heard about things which matter to them?
  • Do you like meeting new people?
  • Would you like to host a space for complete strangers to come together and have quite difficult conversations about the kind of society we want and how we make that a reality?
  • Are you happy to make lots of cups of tea?
  • Are you a good listener?
  • Would you be able to tell us what makes the perfect host?

We welcome all applications and encourage applications from everyone.

We would particularly like to receive more applications from freelance creatives who are

  • suffering particular financial hardship at present
  • have met barriers previously to investing in their own development
  • identify as Black/non-black person and/or colour/Disabled/D/deaf
  • born or based in Caerphilly County or the Welsh Valleys

(Please note: If you are aged 16-26 and are born or based in Wales and would like to become a Democracy Box young co-creator that is a separate ongoing open call and application process which can be found here)


How do I apply?

  1. Look at The Talking Shop & The Democracy Box and read the information below and The Story of Democracy 
  2. Complete the application form below. Please keep responses to parts 1 & 2 short. (video/audio response to 3 min max and written to 1000 words max.) Thank you!
  3. Please do not send your CV.
  4. Please email your application to Yvonne at or via WeTransfer.
  5. If you have any questions or need support in applying please email



1. Tell us a bit about yourself:

Where in Wales are you from or based?

What do you do when you’re not applying to be a Talking Shop host?

What matters to you? 

Tell us about your freelance work in the arts/cultural/creative sector across any medium(s) 

Tell us about any particular skills, interests, experiences that we should know about that will make you a great Talking Shop host.

Feel free to send us some links to anything creative you’ve made, been involved with or participated in/seen/experienced which is connected to wanting to join The Talking Shop.

500 words max.

2. Tell us a bit about why you want to be a Talking Shop host:

Use these bullet points to help you.

  • Why do you want to be a Talking Shop host?
  • Tell us what makes the perfect host?
  • How would you introduce the story of our UK democracy to Talking Shop visitors?
  • What do you think would be the best thing about being a Talking Shop host?
  • What do you imagine would be the most challenging thing about being a Talking Shop host and how would you deal with it?
  • Tell us about your skills including tea making, listening and facilitation skills.

500 words max

3. Your details:


Full Name:


Age and date of Birth:

Phone Number:

Email Address:

Welsh Language: No/Learner/First Language/Conversational/Other

Do you hold a current DBS? (Don’t worry if the answer is no)

I am/am not available (please delete appropriately) for online training Tuesday 12 December 4.30-6.30pm 


4. Access Needs

We encourage applications from those who identify as disabled/D/deaf.

If you identify as disabled/ D/deaf and have found that you have encountered barriers in your working relationships or ability to take on opportunities because of your disability you may wish to complete and submit an access rider when returning your signed letter of engagement to inform us of any access needs. A sample access rider template and further information can be found at

Please get in touch if you wish to discuss your access requirements or if you need support accessing the internet.

5. Referee Details

This needs to be someone who has known you for at least two years and who you have worked for.

Referee Name:

Referee Phone Number:

Referee Email:

How do they know you?

How long have they known you?


6. Finally

Please tell us below if you give permission for us to save your contact details for our database and your application as part of our ongoing research.

I do/do not (please delete appropriately) give consent for my details to be kept on file and to be contacted in the future regarding this and other Yvonne Murphy/Omidaze projects.

I do/do not give permission (please delete appropriately) for Omidaze to keep my application on file and use for The Democracy Box research purposes

Send all the above email and/or WeTransfer to marked 


Copyright © 2022 OMIDAZE PRODUCTIONS all rights reserved. The Democracy Box© & The Talking Shop© and all associated content is copyright Yvonne Murphy/Omidaze



Further Information – What is The Talking Shop?

The Talking Shop© is a Culture and Democracy Information Centre.  All Talking Shops will contain The Democracy Box. The Talking Shop encourages and facilitates public engagement with creativity, arts and culture, and democratic systems and structures. 

The Talking Shop is a space for the public and creatives to collide, converse, connect, collude and create. It is a public R&D space which encourages and promotes cultural and democratic participation. 

A space in which to articulate, champion and strengthen the role of the creativity and democracy in society and empower through a sharing of information and knowledge.

The Talking Shop is a physical ‘what’s on’ hub which everyone helps curate. It is a public space which explores the intersection between cultural and democratic participation. A shop which sells nothing and where talk is rich and never cheap. A space with information, creation and conversation at its core.

#EveryonesInvited #OneConversationAtATime


What is a Talking Shop Host?

The Talking Shop cannot work without the Talking Shop hosts. They are the key ingredient. The host is an official welcomer.  A meeter and greeter. A facilitator for the conversations which take place inside. Someone who ‘holds’ the space and keeps it and every visitor safe. A Talking Shop host is always near the door to welcome people in. Meeting every single person who walks through the door, every single day. 

The host:

  • keeps the door open at all times and invites all people to come inside
  • welcomes and meets and greets every visitor
  • explains what we are trying to do.
  • introduces people to the space and other visitors
  • points out what they can find and do inside
  • connects artists with the public and vice versa.
  • gives people permission to enter, to stay, and to join in. 
  • explains to them that the space is theirs. It belongs to them. Their taxes pay for it so it is theirs to just be in. To sit. To Think. To talk. To read. To watch. 
  • tells young people they can use this space to do their homework, meet their friends, shelter from the rain. 
  • tell people they do not have to spend money to be here. They can stay as long as they like. And keep telling them. And tell them to tell their friends that everyone is welcome in this and every Talking Shop

The host invites people to 

  • sit down, have a cuppa, meet other visitors and join in a conversation or simply just sit, read, listen, be.
  • discuss the question of the day or any question displayed 
  • ask questions
  • to watch, listen, read content inside the shop/ put on some headphones and watch/listen to some work on one of the screens
  • contribute to the ongoing curation of the shop – put up a poster, leave some leaflets about something which is happening in the town or city
  • meet The Talking Shop collaborators and partners and their resources and information
  • write in a visitors book, on the wall, record some audio or video
  • check out and/or contribute to/help create and curate  the rolling programme
  • Help themselves to leaflets and business cards left by freelancers working in the creative and cultural sector
  • take a leaflet, to find out what’s on, to find out about the cultural and creative life of their town/city,
  • read, think, contemplate
  • discuss/debate the question of the day or any question surrounding them on the walls
  • write in the visitor’s book or on the wall
  • ask questions about our democracy, to register to vote, to have a cup of tea, to collide, connect, collude, create and/or to just be.
  • hire the space of an evening or a Sunday
  • tell a friend
  • come back soon


Dewch i ymuno â ni.

Rydym yn recriwtio gweithwyr llawrydd 

Gwesteiwyr Siop Siarad

Mae’r alwad hon i recriwtio gwesteiwyr Siop Siarad llawrydd ar gyfer y treial olaf yn Sir Caerffili a fydd ar agor rhwng Ionawr 20 a Chwefror 17 2024. Mae gennym ddiddordeb arbennig mewn derbyn ceisiadau gan weithwyr llawrydd a aned neu sydd wedi’u lleoli yn Sir Caerffili a/neu’r Cymoedd.

Rhaid i bob gwesteiwr fynychu sesiwn hyfforddi ar-lein a chael gwiriad DBS.

Mae hwn yn alwad agored barhaus nes ein bod wedi recriwtio digon o westeion.

Rydym yn rhagweld nifer fawr o geisiadau ac felly’n cynghori pobl sydd â diddordeb mewn bod yn westeion i wneud cais cyn gynted â phosibl.



Pryd a ble mae e?

Bydd y gwaith yn bersonol yn Sir Caerffili. Yr union leoliad i’w gadarnhau.

Bydd y siop ar agor 9.30am -5.30pm 6 diwrnod yr wythnos o Ionawr 20 i Chwefror 17 2024.

Bydd gwesteiwyr ar y safle o 9am tan 6pm.

Y Ffi

Y ffi gwesteiwr Siop Siarad llawrydd yw £150 y dydd

Mae’r Siop Siarad ar agor o ddydd Llun i ddydd Sadwrn 9am-6pm

Unwaith y byddwch wedi’ch recriwtio byddwch yn cael hyfforddiant ac yn mynd ar y rota gwesteiwr. Rydych yn dweud wrthym eich argaeledd a sawl diwrnod yr hoffech ei wneud ac rydym yn gwarantu lleiafswm o ddau ddiwrnod ac yna byddwn yn gwneud y rota mor deg â phosibl i sicrhau bod y cyfle gwaith yn gyfartal a chytbwys.

Byddwch wedi eich contractio fel person hunangyflogedig a byddwch yn gyfrifol am ddatgan eich enillion i CThEM a thalu eich treth ac yswiriant gwladol eich hun.

Nb. Nid oes angen unrhyw brofiad, sgiliau na gwybodaeth flaenorol mewn Democratiaeth/Gwleidyddiaeth. NID yw hyn yn ymwneud â gwleidyddiaeth plaid.



Pwy all wneud cais?

Os atebwch yn gadarnhaol i’r holl gwestiynau isod gallwch wneud cais heddiw.

  • Ydych chi’n llawrydd sy’n gweithio yn y sector celfyddydau/diwylliannol/creadigol ar draws unrhyw gyfrwng(iau) (neu’n gyd-grëwr ifanc sydd eisoes yn bodoli yn y Blwch Democratiaeth) ac wedi’i eni neu’ch lleoli yng Nghymru?
  • Ydych chi’n 18 oed neu’n hŷn?
  • A ydych yn gwerthfawrogi cyfranogiad diwylliannol a democrataidd i bob dinesydd?
  • Ydych chi eisiau helpu i gynyddu cyfranogiad diwylliannol a democrataidd yng Nghymru?
  • Ydych chi’n meddwl y dylai pawb wybod stori ein democratiaeth yn y DU ?
  • Hoffech chi helpu pawb i wybod beth sydd ymlaen mewn theatrau, orielau, mannau perfformio byw, canolfannau celfyddydau, amgueddfeydd, llyfrgelloedd ac unrhyw le ac ym mhobman yn eu tref a dinas leol?
  • Ydych chi eisiau i bobl gael llais a chael eu clywed am bethau sy’n bwysig iddyn nhw?
  • Ydych chi’n hoffi cwrdd â phobl newydd?
  • A hoffech chi gynnal gofod i ddieithriaid llwyr ddod at ei gilydd a chael sgyrsiau eithaf anodd am y math o gymdeithas yr ydym ei heisiau a sut rydym yn gwireddu hynny?
  • Ydych chi’n hapus i wneud llawer o baneidiau o de?
  • Ydych chi’n wrandäwr da?
  • A fyddech chi’n gallu dweud wrthym beth sy’n gwneud y gwesteiwr perffaith?

Rydym yn croesawu pob cais ac yn annog ceisiadau gan bawb .

Hoffem yn arbennig dderbyn mwy o geisiadau gan bobl greadigol sy’n gweithio ar eu liwt eu hunain

  • dioddef caledi ariannol arbennig ar hyn o bryd
  • wedi wynebu rhwystrau o’r blaen i fuddsoddi yn eu datblygiad eu hunain
  • adnabod fel person Du/heb fod yn ddu a/neu liw/anabl/D/byddar
  • wedi’i eni neu wedi’i leoli yn Sir Caerffili neu’r Cymoedd

(Sylwer: Os ydych rhwng 16 a 26 oed ac wedi’ch geni neu’ch lleoli yng Nghymru ac yr hoffech ddod yn gyd-grewr ifanc y Blwch Democratiaeth sy’n broses galwad agored a phroses ymgeisio barhaus ar wahân sydd i’w gweld yma )



Sut mae gwneud cais?

  1. Edrychwch ar Y Siop Siarad a’r Bocs Democratiaeth a darllenwch y wybodaeth isod a Stori Democratiaeth 
  2. Cwblhewch y ffurflen gais isod. A fyddech cystal â chadw ymatebion i rannau 1 a 2 ymateb fideo/sain i 3 munud ar y mwyaf ac wedi’u hysgrifennu i uchafswm o 1000 o eiriau. Diolch!
  3. Peidiwch ag anfon eich CV.
  4. E-bostiwch eich cais at Yvonne yn neu drwy WeTransfer.
  5. Os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau neu os oes angen cymorth arnoch i wneud cais, anfonwch e-bost at




1. Dywedwch ychydig amdanoch chi’ch hun wrthym:

O ble yng Nghymru ydych chi’n dod neu wedi’ch lleoli?

Beth ydych chi’n ei wneud pan nad ydych chi’n gwneud cais i fod yn westeiwr Siop Siarad?

Beth sy’n bwysig i chi? 

Dywedwch wrthym am eich gwaith llawrydd yn y sector celfyddydau/diwylliannol/creadigol ar draws unrhyw gyfrwng(iau) 

Dywedwch wrthym am unrhyw sgiliau, diddordebau, profiadau penodol y dylem wybod amdanynt a fydd yn eich gwneud yn westeiwr Siop Siarad gwych.

Mae croeso i chi anfon rhai dolenni atom i unrhyw beth creadigol rydych chi wedi’i wneud, wedi bod yn rhan ohono neu wedi cymryd rhan ynddo/wedi’i weld/profi sy’n gysylltiedig ag eisiau ymuno â’r Siop Siarad.



2. Dywedwch ychydig wrthym pam yr hoffech fod yn westeiwr Siop Siarad :

Defnyddiwch y pwyntiau bwled hyn i’ch helpu.

  • Pam ydych chi eisiau bod yn westeiwr Siop Siarad?
  • Dywedwch wrthym beth sy’n gwneud y gwesteiwr perffaith?
  • Sut byddech chi’n cyflwyno stori ein democratiaeth yn y DU i ymwelwyr â Siop Siarad?
  • Beth ydych chi’n meddwl fyddai’r peth gorau am fod yn westeiwr Siop Siarad?
  • Beth ydych chi’n ei ddychmygu fyddai’r peth mwyaf heriol am fod yn westeiwr Siop Siarad a sut fyddech chi’n delio ag ef?
  • Dywedwch wrthym am eich sgiliau gan gynnwys sgiliau gwneud te, gwrando a hwyluso.

3. Eich manylion:


Enw llawn:


Oedran a dyddiad geni:

Rhif ffôn:

Cyfeiriad ebost:

Iaith Gymraeg: Na/Dysgwr/Iaith Gyntaf/Sgyrsiol/Arall

A oes gennych chi DBS cyfredol? (Peidiwch â phoeni os na yw’r ateb)



Rwyf/Nid wyf ar gael ( dilëwch yn briodol ) ar gyfer hyfforddiant ar-lein Dydd Mawrth 12 Rhagfyr 4.30-6.30pm 



4. Anghenion Mynediad

Rydym yn annog ceisiadau gan y rhai sy’n nodi eu bod yn anabl/B/byddar.

Os ydych yn nodi eich bod yn anabl/B/byddar ac wedi canfod eich bod wedi dod ar draws rhwystrau yn eich perthnasoedd gwaith neu allu i fanteisio ar gyfleoedd oherwydd eich anabledd efallai y byddwch am gwblhau a chyflwyno marchog mynediad wrth ddychwelyd eich llythyr ymrwymiad wedi’i lofnodi i hysbysu ni o unrhyw anghenion mynediad. Gellir dod o hyd i dempled marchog mynediad enghreifftiol a gwybodaeth bellach yn

Cysylltwch â ni os hoffech drafod eich gofynion mynediad neu os oes angen cymorth arnoch i gael mynediad i’r rhyngrwyd.

5. Manylion y Canolwr

Mae angen i hwn fod yn rhywun sydd wedi eich adnabod ers o leiaf dwy flynedd ac yr ydych wedi gweithio iddo.

Enw’r Canolwr:

Rhif Ffôn y Canolwr:

E-bost y dyfarnwr:

Sut maen nhw’n eich adnabod chi?

Ers pryd maen nhw wedi’ch adnabod chi?


Yn olaf

Dywedwch wrthym isod os byddwch yn rhoi caniatâd i ni gadw eich manylion cyswllt ar gyfer ein cronfa ddata a’ch cais fel rhan o’n hymchwil parhaus.

Nid wyf/Nid wyf ( dilëwch yn briodol ) yn rhoi caniatâd i fy manylion gael eu cadw ar ffeil ac i gysylltu â mi yn y dyfodol ynglŷn â hyn a phrosiectau eraill Yvonne Murphy/Omidaze.

Rwyf/Nid wyf yn rhoi caniatâd ( dilëwch yn briodol ) i Omidaze gadw fy nghais ar ffeil a’i ddefnyddio at ddibenion ymchwil The Democracy Box

Anfonwch yr holl e-bost uchod a/neu WeTransfer i wedi’i farcio 


Hawlfraint © 2022 OMIDAZE PRODUCTIONS cedwir pob hawl. Mae hawlfraint The Democracy Box© & The Talking Shop© a’r holl gynnwys cysylltiedig yn eiddo i Yvonne Murphy/Omidaze Productions.

Beth yw’r Siop Siarad?

Canolfan Wybodaeth am Ddiwylliant a Democratiaeth yw The Talking Shop©. 

Bydd pob Siop Siarad yn cynnwys Y Bocs Democratiaeth. 

Mae’r Siop Siarad yn annog ac yn hwyluso ymgysylltiad y cyhoedd â chreadigrwydd, y celfyddydau a diwylliant, a systemau a strwythurau democrataidd. 

Mae’r Siop Siarad yn ofod i’r cyhoedd a phobl greadigol wrthdaro, sgwrsio, cysylltu, cydgynllwynio a chreu. Mae’n fan ymchwil a datblygu cyhoeddus sy’n annog ac yn hyrwyddo cyfranogiad diwylliannol a democrataidd. 

Lle i fynegi, hyrwyddo a chryfhau rôl creadigrwydd a democratiaeth mewn cymdeithas a grymuso trwy rannu gwybodaeth.

Mae’r Siop Siarad yn ganolbwynt corfforol ‘beth sydd ymlaen’ y mae pawb yn helpu i’w guradu. Mae’n ofod cyhoeddus sy’n archwilio’r groesffordd rhwng cyfranogiad diwylliannol a democrataidd. Siop sy’n gwerthu dim byd a lle mae siarad yn gyfoethog a byth yn rhad. Gofod gyda gwybodaeth, creu a sgwrs yn greiddiol iddo.

#GwahoddwydPawb #UnSgwrsArAmser


Beth yw Gwesteiwr Siop Siarad?

Ni all y Siop Siarad weithio heb westeion y Siop Siarad. Nhw yw’r cynhwysyn allweddol. Mae’r gwesteiwr yn groesawydd swyddogol.  Cyfarchwr a chyfarfod. Hwylusydd ar gyfer y sgyrsiau sy’n digwydd y tu mewn. Rhywun sy’n ‘dal’ y gofod a’i gadw a phob ymwelydd yn ddiogel. Mae gwesteiwr Siop Siarad bob amser wrth ymyl y drws i groesawu pobl i mewn. Cyfarfod â phob un person sy’n cerdded trwy’r drws, bob dydd. 

Y gwesteiwr 

  • yn cadw’r drws ar agor bob amser ac yn gwahodd pawb i ddod i mewn
  • yn croesawu ac yn cyfarfod ac yn cyfarch pob ymwelydd
  • yn egluro beth rydym yn ceisio ei wneud.
  • yn cyflwyno pobl i’r gofod ac ymwelwyr eraill
  • yn nodi’r hyn y gallant ei ddarganfod a’i wneud y tu mewn
  • yn cysylltu artistiaid â’r cyhoedd ac i’r gwrthwyneb.
  • yn rhoi caniatâd i bobl ddod i mewn, i aros, ac i ymuno. 
  • yn egluro iddynt mai eu gofod hwy ydyw. Mae’n perthyn iddyn nhw. Mae eu trethi yn talu amdano felly nhw sydd i fod i mewn. I eistedd. I feddwl. I siarad. I ddarllen. I wylio. 
  • yn dweud wrth bobl ifanc y gallant ddefnyddio’r gofod hwn i wneud eu gwaith cartref, cwrdd â’u ffrindiau, cysgodi rhag y glaw. 
  • dywedwch wrth bobl nad oes rhaid iddyn nhw wario arian i fod yma. Gallant aros cyhyd ag y dymunant. A daliwch ati i ddweud wrthyn nhw. A dywedwch wrthyn nhw am ddweud wrth eu ffrindiau bod croeso i bawb yn y Siop Siarad hon a phob un

Mae’r gwesteiwr yn gwahodd pobl i 

  • eistedd i lawr, cael paned, cwrdd ag ymwelwyr eraill ac ymuno mewn sgwrs neu eistedd, darllen, gwrando, bod.
  • trafod cwestiwn y dydd neu unrhyw gwestiwn a arddangosir 
  • gofyn cwestiynau
  • i wylio, gwrando, darllen cynnwys y tu mewn i’r siop / gwisgo rhai clustffonau a gwylio / gwrando ar rywfaint o waith ar un o’r sgriniau
  • cyfrannu at guradu parhaus y siop – gosod poster, gadael rhai taflenni am rywbeth sy’n digwydd yn y dref neu’r ddinas
  • cwrdd â chydweithwyr a phartneriaid The Talking Shop a’u hadnoddau a’u gwybodaeth
  • ysgrifennu mewn llyfr ymwelwyr, ar y wal, recordio sain neu fideo
  • gwirio a/neu gyfrannu at/helpu i greu a churadu’r rhaglen dreigl
  • Helpwch eu hunain i daflenni a chardiau busnes a adawyd gan weithwyr llawrydd sy’n gweithio yn y sector creadigol a diwylliannol
  • cymryd taflen, i gael gwybod beth sydd ymlaen, i gael gwybod am fywyd diwylliannol a chreadigol eu tref/dinas,
  • darllen, meddwl, myfyrio
  • trafod/trafod cwestiwn y dydd neu unrhyw gwestiwn o’u cwmpas ar y waliau
  • ysgrifennwch yn y llyfr ymwelwyr neu ar y wal
  • gofyn cwestiynau am ein democratiaeth, i gofrestru i bleidleisio, i gael paned o de, i wrthdaro, i gysylltu, i gydgynllwynio, i greu a/neu i fod.
  • llogi lle gyda’r nos neu ar y Sul
  • dweud wrth ffrind
  • dewch yn ôl yn fuan