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Date: Monday 18 January 2016

Make a Difference in Your Community
in 2016 with Radio Warneford

Now we are a few weeks into 2016, it's time to make a REAL New Year Resolution - one you will find is very easy to keep! Resolve to make a real difference in your local community in 2016!

Radio Warneford, the award-winning hospital radio service based at Warwick Hospital, has some spaces on its broadcasting teams for new volunteers with a few hours to spare each week to help put together programmes for patients.

The station now broadcasts throughout the hospital via the free Patient Wifi service allowing both patients and visitors to tune in on their phones or tablets and hear our shows wherever they are in the hospital complex. We are on-air 24 hours a day, every day, with live programmes from our teams on most weekday evenings and all day on Sundays, complimented by a mix of the best shows from our extensive programme library.

Primarily we are looking for new people to join our Tuesday or Wednesday evening teams but we have opportunities for enthusiastic volunteers on some of our other evening and weekend teams too so do get in touch. We are also looking for people who have some free time during the day to become part of our Ward Visiting team who take time to chat with patients on the wards and collect requests for our programme later in the day. Those who have been part of our Ward Visiting team in the past have found it to be a rewarding experience.

Joining Radio Warneford couldn't be easier as you don't need any particular qualifications or experience. If you enjoy being part of a team, like meeting and chatting with new people, listen to a range of music, have loads of enthusiasm and a keen sense of fun, we want you now! You'll need to be able to attend our studios at Warwick Hospital on a regular basis - the exact days and hours will depend on the team that you join. We provide a complete training programme for all of our volunteers, whatever their ability or experience. Sorry, we cannot take anyone under the age of 18 but on the other hand, there is definitely no upper age limit!

Ley Bricknell, Radio Warneford's Station Manager, says "Making a difference in your local community can also mean making a difference to your own life. Becoming a volunteer allows you to some enjoy wonderful opportunities like learning brand new skills in radio broadcasting and production, making new friends, meeting new people every day on the wards and being part of a lively team of like-minded people. We make sure that all our volunteers get the training they need to make the most of their abilities. If you think you might like to try hospital radio, then why not come along one evening, meet some of the team and find out if we can make a difference for you."

If you would like to find out more about Radio Warneford, or the work that our volunteers do, you can visit the Getting Involved section of our website. You will also be able to download a copy of our application for and the latest Membership Information. You can telephone us at any time to book a taster evening where you can see what goes on and meet some of our members before deciding whether you want to take it further. You can also request a membership pack by phone to be sent to you through the post or just find out more about what we do. Call Radio Warneford on (01926) 401402, leave your contact details on our answerphone and we will get back to you.

Make that new resolution today! Join Radio Warneford now and make a real difference.

Note To Editors

  • Radio Warneford is the hospital broadcasting service based at Warwick Hospital in the heart of Warwickshire. The station now broadcasts programmes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the free Patient Wifi service.
  • Volunteer members have been providing quality radio entertainment to both patients and staff at since 1973.
  • Radio Warneford is an independent charity and is not part of the National Health Service. The station requires financial support from local people and organisations in order to continue its service to patients.
  • The Record Library contains around 35,000 tracks including LPs, CDs and 7-inch singles.

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