Radio Respect was set up in a garden shed by Chris, who suffers with poor mental health. His aim was to provide a radio station that can support people with mental health issues when other services are closed. Chris had a lot of donations of equipment to set up the station. Since then Radio Respect has grown into a popular local mental health organisation supported by the NHS and local job centre. We are in desperate need to update all of our equipment now as it has become unreliable. We have a small vinyl record shop which funds the running of the station but doesn't provide enough income to update the equipment. Radio Respect has become a huge part of our community, providing volunteer opportunities which reduce isolation, provide work experience and peer support as well as broadcasting and supporting local events and other charitable organisations.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Radio Respect provides a safe, non-clinical environment where people can come and have support for their mental health problems. There are long waiting lists with the NHS and a lot of services are closed on weekends, evenings and bank holidays. Radio Respect is there for them. We can also broadcast live from local events and advertise them on our radio shows bringing the community together.
Steps to get it done:
About the space
This is the area most of our volunteers come from and where we attend local events. We do how ever broadcast online and have listeners from all over the U.K and some in other countries.
Arun District Council