The Swindon 105.5 Column by Shirley Ludford: Celebrating Swindon's community groups

By Ben Fitzgerald - 29 November 2016

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We have a diverse range of community groups and organisations providing essential services in Swindon. So we decided that a day of celebration by profiling the voluntary sector would be a good idea calling it ‘Community In Action L!VE’; twelve hours of broadcasting and each hour on a specific theme on 25 October 2016

We worked closely with Zurich Community Trust – which made the station a grant of £5,000 as well as some of their staff arranging interviews, recording features and conducting live interviews alongside our station presenters.

Volunteers live video-streamed the day and Lord Joel Joffe, one of our patrons, joined us for a final hour discussion.

“Can we make this an annual event?” was asked several times. The answer is: Yes.

Continuing our community engagement, check out new programmes for Tuesdays mornings at 10am. These include SWADS a charity supporting people recovering from a range of addictions and mental health issues producing their own monthly one-hour show, alternating with a new equalities programme profiling ethnic groups through Voluntary Action Swindon and ‘On The Road’ which focuses on a wide range of subjects related to using our roads with different guests.

To get involved call me on 01793 611555.

Click to see the programme of action on 25 October
www.swindon1055.com

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