Voice of understanding
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.