One inspiring community radio station in north-west England has been handed a huge boost to expand its life-changing work on the airwaves.
Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue, has made a £60,000 investment in Wirral Radio. Investment managers were impressed by the station’s efforts to tune into the needs of local unemployed people and teenagers struggling in school.
The station, broadcast on DAB digital radio with an audience of over 2 million listeners, has proved itself on just the right wavelength for young people who require learning support outside the mainstream school environment, with additional counselling also on offer.
Liverpool student Mark first began volunteering at Wirral Radio at the age of 16, using the production facilities to immerse himself in the world of DJ-ing.
“When I first came I was low in confidence and my mental state was all over the place due to having a rough time with my OCD, depression and being bullied,” Mark explained.
“The staff were very good at supporting me, they would sit down and talk with me as well as implementing techniques such as writing down the positives and negatives of what was going on in my life.”