A Council department is using its own radio show to communicate with its tenants.
Swindon Borough Council’s housing team began airing their Housing Matters show earlier this year on Swindon 105.5 from its studio at Liden Library. The fortnightly show airs between 2pm and 3pm on Wednesdays with a repeat at 6pm. A podcast is also available via the Swindon 105.5 website for a week.
The show aims to inform council tenants about tenant opportunities, service updates and other topics relating to council housing.
Presented by the Council’s Housing Communications Officer Donna Liggins, the show also features four local retired residents in the shape of Bill Gulliver, Graham Walton, George Hubert and Peter Armstrong who act as co-presenters.
Donna said: “The show is great. The guys are very actively involved in the making of the show and suggesting content ideas, researching topics and getting interviews lined up.
“They volunteered to get involved and are always very positive and happy. I threw them in at the deep end and we did a live show early on to get us all working together and they were brilliant. They’re now very much a part of the show.”
Bill Gulliver said: “I like to deliver information and help people in the community and I think it’s great to be involved in something so different, and we’re having a bit of fun at the same time.”
Graham Walton said: “I’m not able to get out very much and this is something I really look forward to. It gives me a lot of pleasure, as well as seeing the many young people here [at the station] developing their skills too.”
The housing team are always looking for tenants to volunteer in the production of the show, while there is also a chance for tenants to participate in the show itself.
Shirley Ludford, Swindon 105.5 manager and broadcaster, said: “The gents have really taken to broadcasting and are now undergoing training with me so they’ll be able to select music and operate the studio desk during live shows, as well as learn to record interviews.
“It’s never too late to try something new – and you never know where it might lead.”
The team plan to be out and about in communities soon, capturing tenants’ views and getting voices heard through this new public platform.
The next Housing Matters show will be broadcast on Wednesday, 21 September. For further information about the show call Donna Liggins on 01793 464427, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: www.voiceyourviews.co.uk