Connect:Transmit – key messages

December 8, 2012 in Project News by ct_admin

logo headphonesWe already know that youth community radio training can support young people to become more confident and capable members of their community.  Our recent survey of community radio training organisations, the groundwork for a larger piece of work, suggests that 80% of community radio organisations work with young people and that the majority of these organisations work with those that others might call ‘hard to reach’ or vulnerable.  In addition, our survey data highlights the vital role that community radio organisations play in bringing together people who live and work in diverse communities.

Early findings from our nationwide survey tell us that youth radio training offers young people a chance to:

  • Learn 21st century literacies (such as digital and media literacies) alongside traditional literacies
  • Develop personal capacities vital for their future life and work
  • Represent themselves and be recognised and valued
  • Work in partnership with others in their community to bring about positive change

Despite this our survey data paints a picture of a sector in crisis, where workers fear for their jobs, or are working long hours for little or no pay.  Many told us that, despite a plethora of experience, they could no longer deliver youth training projects because their organisation did not have the capacity to do so.  This was disproportionately affecting work with groups that are known to require more time and resource.

Our project, connect:transmit, aims to increase the capacity of the sector to promote the development of young people, specifically connected to training, speaking and listening skills and enabling the young participants to become better informed, more positive, and more active in their communities.

The project will support the sector through:

  • Documenting existing practice in the sector
  • Conducting evaluated pilot projects and disseminating an evaluation report and good practice guide at regional seminars and through a national conference/event
  • Creating national networks for youth practitioners and young people at community radio stations
  • Lobbying policy makers

For further information about the project, offers of support and ideas for getting our voice heard please contact:
cormac@radioregen.org

tel: 0161 234 2799