Phoenix Radio (Newground Together)
A Halifax-based radio project, funded by Newground Together, is empowering young people to make the right choices and find a route into volunteering, training and employment.
The Phoenix Radio Empower Project is being delivered by the online community radio station and charity, which broadcasts 24 hours a day out of a converted mill in Dean Clough.
During its 16 years of broadcasting the radio station has gained a strong reputation for supporting people through its training programmes, including young people not thriving in mainstream education, people with physical and learning disabilities, older people with life threatening illnesses and people recovering from alcohol misuse and mental health issues.
Newground Together’s funding is being used to work with young people to increase their confidence and communication skills through radio training, including editing skills, broadcast journalism and presenting programmes.
Wayne Illingworth, 26, has been presenting shows on Phoenix Radio for six years. He is regularly on air presenting the live lunch time show.
Wayne said: “I first visited Phoenix when I was in high school but didn’t have the confidence to do anything then. I got back in touch after I dropped out of uni and moved back to Halifax.
“It’s such a friendly and supportive environment that allows me to be creative and to learn new skills. Volunteering at the radio station has made me a lot more confident and provided me with lots of opportunities, it is very rewarding.”
Some of the £18,898 of match funding the charity has received is being used on a number of projects, including one which is working with six people to raise awareness about mental health issues and a group of six young carers who are putting together a programme about young people who care for a relative.
Howard Priestley, the founder of Phoenix Radio, said: “The money we received from Newground Together has been used to develop volunteering opportunities, a work club and to develop links with the wider community.
“Through community radio we are giving people opportunities to move forward in their lives and connect them with other people and organisations that can help them improve their lives.”