Future Radio (in partnership with Interface Learning) are midway through two training programmes working with refugees from the 'International Men's Project' who are currently living in Norwich. The group, comprised of Iraqi and Congolese refugees are being trained on how to use radio equipment and produce their own shows, which will air on Future Radio throughout the year.
Future Radios volunteer coordinator Simone Hayes, who has been working with the men for the last month, said: “As a community station we aim to give voices to communities that do not necessarily normally have a voice. We try to help people develop skills that will help them get volunteer placements or work afterwards, and we try to give people the opportunities to make themselves be heard.”
With Norwich's bid for City of Culture in 2013 gathering speed, Station manager Tom Buckham said: “I think projects like this are highly important if not essential to be included in Norwich's City of Culture bid. Culture means many different things - you have high culture such as the cathedral but you also have an emerging multiculturalism in Norwich that not many people outside the city tend to be aware of.
“For those people who work more closely with community groups it's clear that all these things contribute towards Norwich being a culturally rich city.”
Picture courtesy of the Eastern Daily Press, more from the original article is available here
In April 2010 Future Projects (formerly NR5 Project), who run Future Radio, will celebrate it's 10th anniversary.
As some of our listeners may be aware, last year Future Radio was awarded a larger Norwich-wide licence by radio regulators Ofcom after we applied to increase our coverage further across the city.
We're pleased to say the necessary technical plans and clearance are now underway and a late spring relaunch looks like it will be confirmed in due course.
the increased Norwich-wide licence will see Future Radio reach an estimated 40,000 extra listeners, as well as providing a stronger signal in our existing coverage areas - a new frequency will be confirmed soon so we'll also be sending out lots of new car stickers in the months ahead + information on how you can retune your dial to find us on our new and improved frequency.
More updates as they come in, but not long to go now...!