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Radio station for volunteers receives funding

4 June 2014
Halton Community Radio received funding from Sanctuary Housing's Grand Idea Fund.

A radio show for volunteers in Halton has come back on air after two years, thanks to a cash boost from Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund.

Local residents and volunteers are tuning into 92.3FM every week on Thursday between 2.00 and 4.00pm to listen to their host, Matt Roberts, fill them in on all the latest in the volunteering sector, including local news, opportunities and sector advice.

Show organisers, Halton and St. Helens Voluntary and Community Action, have been busy preparing interviews and lining up guests for their listeners to enjoy and whilst celebrating and encouraging the work of local volunteers.

As part of National Volunteering Week, the show has looked back over the last six months and reported they have provided support to 25 organisations by promoting local opportunities – organisations supported range from Barnardo's and Child Bereavement UK, to Halton Borough Council and Alzheimer’s Society.

Matt Roberts, presenter of the Halton and St. Helens VCA show, said: “We are extremely grateful to Sanctuary Housing for providing us with the support to be able to produce and deliver our weekly radio show. Each week we spend two hours talking on Halton Community Radio about the brilliant and sometimes unappreciated work achieved by local voluntary organisations.”

Halton and St. Helens VCA is an infrastructure organisation that provides advice, information and development support services to voluntary, community, not-for-profit and faith organisations and volunteers in the Boroughs of St Helens and Halton. For further details, please visit https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/volunteer-centre

Christa Ripley, Sanctuary’s head of Housing North West, added: “It’s fantastic to hear of all that support Halton and St. Helens VCA has provided in the space of six months and it’s rewarding to know that our donation has helped to achieve this.

“I urge everyone who hasn’t yet tuned in to listen to the remarkable work the local community has been up to – it’s a fantastic show.”

Grand Ideas Fund

Halton and St. Helens VCA is one of many community groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund.  Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.

For details on how to apply, please contact the Sanctuary Housing Community Investment team on 01905 335 441 or email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.


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