Young people across Lancashire hit the airwaves to improve their confidence
Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities
The five youngsters collecting their certificates from Rock FM presenters Hywel and Jamie
Lancashire-based Progress Housing Group recently teamed up with Lancashire radio station 97.4 Rock FM’s Rock Academy to help young people experience being on the airwaves and provide them with new life skills.
Five of the Housing Group’s young tenants took part in a 12 month programme to help them gain valuable experience in radio and increase their confidence and self-esteem.
The show, which was aired every week on the i.rockfm web player was recorded from the Penwortham Community Centre, with local residents and members of the estate’s Youth Club also taking part in the recordings.
On completing the course, the five youngsters were presented with certificates, one for achievement and the other a BTEC level 2 working in a team, at a special awards ceremony by Rock FM radio hosts Hywel and Jamie.
Lara, 19, from Preston said: “It’s been really rewarding and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. It’s helped to increase my confidence and with team working and I’ve made some great friends too. I would like to work on radio shows and think this course has given me some great experience.”
Sian Coulton, Community Involvement Manager at Progress Housing Group, said: “We teamed up with 97.4 Rock FM to help young people make a positive contribution to their communities, by giving them a voice and providing them with a platform to express their own opinions and issues affecting them.”
Caroline Emmerton, Rock Academy Manager and Account Executive, said: “The programme was designed to help the young people have a voice about their community but for them to start looking into their own aspirations in life. The group looked into their journeys and where they would be in five years’ time. The sessions also gave them the necessary life skills that are needed for future career development. Overall they were an amazing group and we will look forward to working with them and other community groups in the future.
As part of their final session, the youngsters were asked to come up with their own Progress Housing Group radio advert, which will be used at future community events and on its website and Facebook page www.facebook.com/ProgressStreetTalk
Funding for the radio project was provided by Progress Housing Group’s Community Investment Fund. The Community Investment Fund was set up in 2000 to offer local residents and community groups the opportunity to put forward their ideas for improving the areas in which they live, to make stronger, safer, cleaner and greener communities.