Progress Housing Group tenants rock Lancashire with community project
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Tenants of Lancashire-based Progress Housing Group got a very loud chance to make their voice heard.
Five younger people took part in a 12-month collaboration with Lancashire radio station 97.4 Rock FM’s Rock Academy, with the project designed to give experience on the airwaves and provide them with new life skills.
The show was aired every week on the i.rockfm web player and recorded from the Penwortham Community Centre, with local residents and members of the estate’s youth club also taking part.
Sian Coulton, community involvement manager at Progress, 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."
On completion, the five youngsters got two certificates _ one for achievement and the other a BTEC level 2 working in a team _ at a special awards ceremony with Rock FM radio hosts Hywel and Jamie.
One participant, 19-year-old Lara from Preston, said: "It’s helped to increase my confidence and with team working. 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."
As part of their final session, the younger people were asked to come up with their own Progress Housing Group radio advert.
Funding for the radio project was provided by Progress Housing Group’s Community Investment Fund.
Progress Housing Group manages over 10,400 properties across the UK
Photo shows (L to R) Jessica, Hywel, Lara, Lauren, Jade, Jordan and Jamie.