Halton Community Radio 92.3FM and Halton Access to Media benefit from Arena Housing Association grant
Representatives from Arena Housing Association popped into the studios at Halton Community Radio 92.3 FM this week to drop off a £1000 donation from its Residents’ Forum Grant which will help Halton Access to Media carry on its valuable work giving the local community a voice on the airwaves.
Halton Access to Media is based in the Castlefields area of Runcorn and incorporates Halton Community Radio 92.3FM. Each year Halton Access to Media provides training for a minimum of 75 young people aged 11-18 from deprived areas of Runcorn and Widnes through the ReAct course. On the course young people learn the basics of radio production and presentation, the culmination of which results in students putting together their own radio programme which is broadcast on Halton Community Radio.
Halton Community Radio has been broadcasting full time since August 2008. It provides a voice to local people of all ages, reflecting local issues.
Catherine Devin, Arena Housing's Customer Service Manager for Runcorn and Chester, said "Arena is happy to work in partnership with Halton Community Radio and provide a valuable service to young and old alike giving a voice to all of Halton. Arena look forward to working on any future projects with Halton Community Radio”.
Station Manager Cath Bore and ReAct's project officer Pete Muldoon were delighted to accept the £1000 cheque from Catherine and her colleague Michael Rooney, Customer Service Manager at Arena.
Arena Teams up with "The Saints"
Community Project Officer, Lisa Earle, has been working on a project with the "Saints" Rugby Club for the past couple of months. The idea was to produce a set of the popular children's top trump cards using the statistics of the Saints players and Arena Homes have produced all of the community safety messages displayed on to the back of the cards.
The cards have now been produced and along with players from the club and PCSO's we will be delivering the packs to citizenship classes at all of the primary schools across St Helens. The children will play the game first and then the messages on the backs of the cards will be used to open up discussions about their community, health, knife crime, personal safety etc. This has been a unique opportunity for us to use different methods to engage with the youths in the communities we serve. The messages on the cards are thought provoking and will encourage the children involved to talk about issues around their health, personal safety and their environment.
If anyone would like further information on the project, please contact Lisa Earle firstname.lastname@example.org