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

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