It's from strength to strength for Rendlesham Radio
(previously known as Rendlesham Community Radio
) has been a great asset to the local community during the pandemic and since. Bringing a friendly voice to the isolated, it has entertained and lifted spirits, and has given a purpose and new skills to the many volunteers who have worked on the station.
As life gets back to normal, many volunteers have gone back to work but still want to give Rendlesham a Radio Station which has the community at its heart.
New Studio, New Programmes
The new studio (located in Rendlesham's Jubilee Park), was provided by Rendlesham Parish Council
, and has been put to work for the good of the whole community by introducing additional services to help young and old face the challenges of modern-day life. Radio has proven to be effective in tackling many issues which bring great benefit to the community. Youth engagement, community cohesion, work-related learning and social isolation. Rendlesham Radio has successfully applied for grants to support this work through the National Lottery and government grants for these projects.
Rendlesham Radio provides a lot more than popular music
working in partnership with The Alzheimer's Society
and Playlist for Life
has permitted us to use all of their extensive resources. Old Friends gives advice and inspiring case studies to those living with dementia.
Thought-provoking spiritual insight from the Alpha Radio
show. Interviews from The Alpha Series
are designed for today's audience. It was recorded all around the world and features interviews with world-famous leaders and inspiring stories. Hosts Toby Flint and Gemma Hunt join Nicky Gumbel to unpack the basics of the Christian faith in an updated and engaging way.
We have an ambitious vision for the future of creativity and culture in Rendlesham. We want the village to be a place in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish. A village where every one of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. Our vision started with a series of radio programmes describing the change we want to see.
The Relax Rendlesham classical music show is a weekly insight into the composers and their music. We're also collaborating with Joinavision with a talk show featuring local people with so many ideas for the brighter, kinder society we are all helping create. Every show feels like a breath of fresh air -- to make a big difference.
The One Woman Show looks at inspirational women now and in the past. Over the last 100 years, the role and rights of women have changed beyond all recognition. But one thing that has stayed constant is the sheer number of awe-inspiring women that exist all over the world. Sophia finds the most inspirational women from the last century. Some are feminist mainstays; some are relative unknowns, and some are controversial -- but they all changed the world.
Volunteer with us
We have over 20 contributors, both young and not so young, working with us at Rendlesham Radio. You can volunteer to help present, produce, or research shows. If you already have these skills, great -- but if not, we can teach you all you need to know.
Learn My Way
With the new high-speed broadband available we propose to offer people who do not use computers IT training linking volunteer tutors and a program called Learn My Way
. People will learn about using a computer or mobile device such as a phone or tablet. This subject covers basic skills like using a keyboard, a mouse or a touchscreen. We help you to search and explore the internet, keep in touch via email, and use public services online all while being safe and secure.
The Media HUB/Youth Provision
Through music production and possibly filmmaking, we aim to unearth some incredible hidden local talent and give our young folk life skills to prepare them for employment and the challenges of today's world. Supported by volunteers from the arts and culture world young people are encouraged to explore their potential in performing arts and tell their stories through their chosen art form.
Our mentors work with young people to prepare them through individual coaching and mentoring. The one-to-one approach and small group mentoring throughout the creative / rehearsal process provides a positive activity focus and build confidence, all of which contribute to improved educational achievement, behaviour, and social attitudes.
has extensive experience in managing charities and community interest companies. Over the past 15 years, he has developed an alternative education centre using media to engage young people with music and filmmaking. He is currently Executive Chair of a major local charity providing a range of services in Southend. Now living in Rendlesham he is keen to use his experience to develop community projects with the community radio station at its heart.
The content and success of Rendlesham Radio
depends on volunteers and good quality content that reflects the diversity of our community. Whether it is a gardening programme, local sports news, youth club news, an hour of your chosen genre of music, a history programme or something completely original, we want to hear from you. Additionally, if you have good organisational skills and would like to be involved in a non-presenting way, we want to hear from you too.
This is a continuing opportunity for Rendlesham to blaze a trail yet again in East Suffolk. Our events have attracted the attention of BBC Radio Suffolk again and again, who closely following all the good news stories that our village is generates. Rendlesham Radio is another terrific opportunity for us to demonstrate to the rest of Suffolk (and beyond) what a resilient, happy and caring community we live in.