ELFM is an internet-based radio station broadcasting throughout the communities of East Leeds. First launched back in 2003 with students from John Smeaton High School, over 6000 people have been involved in broadcasting since then–ranging in age from three to eighty seven!


We believe that, in a TV and image-obsessed world, radio is an eloquent, under-rated, democratic medium.  As citizens and human beings we make our world a better place by being curious about it.

ELFM aims to expand an awareness amongst its audience and volunteers of the potential of radio in a rapidly changing media environment.


ELFM is based in a dis-used rent office in Seacroft, but we are currently developing plans to re-develop the beautiful Seacroft Methodist Chapel to create the first-ever dedicated arts centre in East Leeds.

ELFM has over 28,000 listeners annually and the station focuses on three key areas of work: supporting live local music; developing words and literature; and creating true community journalism.

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East Leeds FM is community radio at its best.  Operating from an old shop in the heart of East Leeds and serving some of the most deprived communities in England.

Rory Barke

East Leeds Area Manager: Leeds City Council

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Funding & Partners


As one of our longest-running programmes of work, ELFM has had 23 different sources of funding since 2003. Currently Heads Together receives core funding from the Arts Council of England and the Tudor Trust which supports our work running ELFM.

We also have ongoing funding from Leeds City Council (through arts@Leeds and the East North East Leeds Area Committee) and recent grants from First Light and Youth Music.


We have strong relationships with the schools in East Leeds through a series of groupings that we co-ordinate (Writing for Radio and EastLeedsLive) and a strong relationship with Artforms–the music and arts team at Leeds City Council. We are also developing an East Leeds writers' group with Leeds Libraries.

We also work closely with the East North East Leeds Area Management Team along with numerous local community groups, gala committees, festivals, etc.