We see how important it is for each child to find their voice, to be creative and to speak out about the things they care about. Often they find this voice through social media, but this brings risks and worries for young people, parents and teachers. In community media, we can support this process by bringing the best things of both worlds - the grassroots freedom and fun of the online world, with the regulation and accountability of traditional media. We know they are digital natives and unlikely to turn their back on the online world. What we can bring them are the tools to navigate this better, to care about community and communication.
We want every child to grow knowing they are listened to and valued, with access to local broadcasting and the skills to express themselves in a fair and constructive way. We will build long term relationships with the children and their families, as they grow up, and offer a real alternative platform.
This project is designed to provide a range of empowering experiences that meet the needs of the growing child.
For babies and pre-school children: Song and story workshops for families together, based at our studio and out and about. Find us at the Totnes Christmas Markets this year, where we'll be creating Story Wreaths, and recording circular stories. Our work for this age group is about home, family, imagination and nurturing.
For reception year children: we aim to visit every school in our broadcast area every year, and give children the basic skills in broadcasting, through fun and creative workshops that look at issues of identity and community. Every child we work with will also be invited to our studio to broadcast the work they have made.
For primary and secondary school age children: all young people will be given opportunities to study radio skills with us in more depth, in our weekly Saturday club, holiday projects and range of schools workshops. Our themes for this age group include listening deeply to the world, and using broadcasting as a tool for research, creative expression, debate and understanding.
For school leavers and other young people: we offer work experience to older teens and young adults, who can also volunteer at the station to produce and present their own regular radio shows. Our focus for this age group is taking creative risk, finding your distinctive voice, standing up for your beliefs, learning skills for employment and being great citizens.
We are an Arts Award centre and can offer accredited training to young people under 25.