Voice of un­der­stand­ing

Stockport Times East - - PURE FM -

STOCK­PORT’S ra­dio sta­tion Pure 107.8FM has teamed up with the BBC to give lo­cal dis­abled broad­cast­ers the op­por­tu­nity to talk about is­sues that af­fect them. Paul Holloway, pro­ducer of Pure’s dis­abil­ity mag­a­zine pro­gramme One Voice, ex­plains more

Last week the One Voice Team ap­peared on BBC Ra­dio Manch­ester’s Break­fast Show with Alison But­ter­worth and Phil Trow. They wanted to hear the sto­ries of some of our One Voice pre­sen­ters.

Kris Lough­lin talked about how his life was turned up­side down when he was 12; a drunk driver knocked him over putting him into a coma and leav­ing him with a brain in­jury.

Kris has made progress with years of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion but his in­juries have left him with chronic fa­tigue.

Over the years Kris has come to terms with the anger he felt to­wards the driver who hit him and is now fo­cus­ing on pos­i­tive things in his life. He plays gui­tar in a band and presents a ra­dio show on Pure.

They also heard from Diane White­head and Su­san Hart who both have Down’s Syn­drome, talk­ing about how their sis­ters have stepped in to help look af­ter them when their moth­ers passed away.

Ben Mun­ster, who has Asperger’s syn­drome, spoke about how One Voice was help­ing to build his con­fi­dence and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

The BBC had asked Pure to make some re­ports talk­ing about our ra­dio project as part of a na­tional ini­tia­tive with sev­eral se­lected ra­dio sta­tions who are mem­bers of the Com­mu­nity Me­dia As­so­ci­a­tion from across the coun­try.

We were de­lighted for the chance to work on a broad­cast with the team at BBC Ra­dio Manch­ester.

They have fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties at their Me­dia City stu­dios and we were re­ally in­ter­ested to see how they pull their broad­casts to­gether be­hind the scenes.

We were in­vited to pitch ideas to them for con­sid­er­a­tion for in­clu­sion in their Break­fast Show. This was an ideal op­por­tu­nity to talk about our project for dis­abled peo­ple with a so­cial care fund­ing, One Voice.

Work­ing in part­ner­ship with our par­ent char­ity Pure In­no­va­tions, peo­ple with learn­ing, sen­sory or phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties and those on the autis­tic spec­trum get to con­trib­ute to our weekly ra­dio mag­a­zine pro­gramme.

We have a ded­i­cated me­dia suite in which the team are based next to our stu­dios. Our clients work with qual­i­fied sup­port work­ers and pro­fes­sional broad­cast­ers.

BBC Ra­dio Manch­ester boss Kate Squire and her team were keen to find out more about One Voice.

Kate told us that the BBC was com­mit­ted to giv­ing dis­abled peo­ple the chance to have their voices heard in the me­dia. She said: “I think we try very hard but we could do bet­ter. That’s why we need to be work­ing with you guys.”

If you are in­ter­ested in learn­ing more please call Catherine Thomas on 07872 423214 or e-mail: catherine.thomas@ purein­no­va­tions.org.uk

One Voice is on Pure 107.8FM Wed­nes­days 8pm and re­peated Satur­days 7am.

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