17 October 2012
Four young volunteers on a local community radio project have shown that taking time to volunteer really does pay off! Their achievements are being recognised with Bronze Arts Award qualifications, equivalent to a short GCSE course.
Two Valleys Radio is a community radio project for the Holme and Colne valleys. The volunteers have made it the success it is today, sharing news with their local communities in a fun and friendly way. Ben Flexen, Connor Jackson and Jenny Goldman, from Colne Valley Specialist Arts College, and Sam Harrison from Honley High School, achieved their Bronze awards by showing off their achievements in portfolios, which they built up over months of volunteering.
“I come every week to volunteer, because there’s always something fun and exciting to do. Since I’ve done the Arts Award I have more confidence speaking to people, and I can now interview guests and work the sound desk. I’m hoping to have a career in radio.”
- Connor Jackson, 15
The Two Valleys team are passionate about creating opportunities for young people to learn new skills, and build on their interests. And the next opportunity is just around the corner! During the October half term holiday they will be running two courses in Radio Drama and Songwriting, for anybody aged 11 – 19 to take part in.
“We’re always trying to encourage young people to get involved with Two Valleys Radio, and this half term will be a perfect taster of the kinds of activities we like to run throughout the year. From song-writing to play-writing, building characters to building chords, the week is sure to be as exciting as always. And parents will be pleased to hear that it is completely free!”
Funded by Kirklees Integrated Youth Support Services, the four-day courses are part of Kirklees’ Young People’s Holiday Activities programme, and are open for anybody aged 11 – 19 to apply. For more information or to book a place, you can contact Millie on 01484 859 168, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.