Surrey Choices customers are getting ready to take a new direction with the launch of their own radio station.
The organisation is celebrating Learning Disability Week with the announcement that it is giving a stronger voice than ever for people with disabilities with their new radio station.
Surrey Choices’ Direction Radio is set to hit the airwaves on Monday 6 July. The station will be put together and aired by Surrey Choices customers, providing a unique opportunity for people regardless of their ability to express themselves.
The occasion will be marked by a celebratory launch party at The Larches community hub in Epsom, on Monday 6 July, at 11am-2pm, where customers and the local community will come together and enjoy a social afternoon with light refreshments.
Direction Radio will air its first breakfast show on Monday 6 July from 7am – 10am with special guest interviews from Surrey Choices Managing Director, Simon Laker and Surrey Valuing People Partnership Board Co-Chair, Debbie Taylor.
Surrey Choices supports a range of people to find the best care, activities and services for their needs across Surrey.
Direction Radio will air a wide variety of music and programmes, from topical subjects, news, and current affair chat shows. Surrey Choices will provide all the training and technology needed to produce high quality, professional shows.
People will be able to tune into the station on www.direction-radio.com. The Direction Radio App will be available on all app stores through The Tunein App from the end of August.
The brain power behind the station sits with Chris Fenn, who has 25 years’ experience in the radio and broadcast industry, from researching, producing and presenting.
Chris, from Sutton, Surrey Choices Radio Station Manager said: “We’re all very excited to have announced the launch of our very own radio station, especially in Learning Disability Week. After being in the industry for so long I want to now be able to empower the people we support with the platform to share their voice with others, and get young people excited about broadcasting.
“The radio station will offer customers a hands on experience to learn every aspect of how a radio station works; including planning, preparing, interviewing techniques, production techniques and producing. I hope the radio station will also help to promote local bands and celebrate the fantastic talent in the area.
“People can still get involved and help us build this fantastic platform regardless of their ability – just get in contact today!”
An open day at The Larches will also be held for people to find out more information and learn how they can get involved with Direction Radio on Wednesday 1 July at 11am – 2pm.
To find out how you could get involved with Surrey Choice’s Direction Radio contact Chris on firstname.lastname@example.org