Local charity Winchester Radio is embarking upon a major volunteer recruitment drive in the run up to its community radio launch on FM in March 2019. Currently operating as the well-loved hospital radio station, the charity aims to grow its remit to broadcast a wellbeing message to the over 50s in Winchester and surrounding villages. Volunteer roles on offer include fundraisers, engineers, copywriters, researchers, radio presenters and audio producers as well as people experienced in advertising and sponsorship sales.
Commenting on the new vision for the radio station, Anna O’Brien, Chairman said: “We’re really excited about the future of Winchester Radio and we’re looking forward to the launch of our community radio service on FM in March next year. The charity is completely run by volunteers and we already have a very enthusiastic and committed team but we need to grow quickly now, in good time for the launch. We’re looking for like-minded, caring people, with time to give who want to join us to help us to create a vibrant community for older people in and around Winchester – to keep people well informed, entertained and inspired to actively take part in all that Winchester has to offer.”
It is recognised that the ageing population is growing generally, not just in Winchester, however, in shifting the emphasis away from just those in hospital, to the wider older population in the city, the charity hopes to promote positive ageing, helping to prevent or slow down some of the issues leading to hospitalisation in the first place, thus reducing the burden on local health and care providers.
Research shows that loneliness in older people is as dangerous for health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, so by encouraging active participation in the community for those aged 50-plus, Winchester Radio aims to reduce feelings of loneliness and to engage people through music, sport, hobbies and events.
You can find out more about volunteering opportunities at Winchester Radio via the charity’s website: http://winchesterradio.uk/join-us/