Spreading The Word - The Directory Group

Spreading the word

Young people from across the Havant area have been taking to the airwaves to spread the word about social issues.

A year ago, a small group of Radian residents, supported by the local community involvement team, launched Radian Radio - an online radio station working in partnership with Havant-based Music Fusion to create a fun environment for young people to learn new skills through producing short radio programmes.

Funding from the Greggs Foundation paid for new equipment and training, and the group also benefitted from the ‘end of day product collection’ scheme at Greggs Petersfield. This enables Radian to provide bread, cakes and pastries to residents it supports who are either on low incomes or living in supported housing locally.

From its first show in October 2014, Radian Radio has gone from strength to strength, recording shows on topics such as housing and homelessness, benefits, training and employment and epilepsy awareness. Further shows have focused on drum and bass, heavy metal and reggae, with its latest work focusing on Black History Month in Southampton.

In May, Radian held a radio skills training session for the radio team, who were joined by Stuart McGinley, breakfast show presenter and programmes controller at Spirit FM in Chichester.

Radian community development officer Matt Barton said: “This is fantastic news for Radian Radio. The team is so enthusiastic about helping other vulnerable people through their music and sharing their experiences. We are enormously grateful to Greggs Foundation for its generosity and the food donations which really do make a difference to our residents.”

Find out more about Radian Radio at www.radian.co.uk

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley