10 October 2017

Are You Up for the Challenge of Radio Broadcasting or Visiting Patients?

Radio Warneford, the hospital broadcasting service based at Warwick Hospital, is on the lookout for enthusiastic new recruits with a few hours to spare each week to join the station in one of a number of roles.

Radio Warneford broadcasts throughout the hospital via the free Patient Wi-Fi service – even friends and relatives can tune in free on their phones or tablets and hear our shows in most public areas of the hospital. The station is on-air 24 hours a day, every day, with live programmes from our broadcasting teams on weekday evenings and Sunday mornings, complimented by a mix of the best shows from our extensive programme library at other times.

Are you a budding broadcaster, wanting to learn the skills required to put together and broadcast radio programmes for patients? We are looking for new people to join one of our broadcasting teams. Our volunteers go out and about on the wards to meet the patients and then put together our daily Request Show and other programmes to entertain our listeners. They also take part in special broadcasts throughout the year, at Christmas and Easter for example, and they help to raise the funds needed to keep Radio Warneford on the air

Radio Warneford relies entirely on public donations in order to operate its service. All proceeds from the Easter Egg Tombola will be used to maintain and improve the radio service that Radio Warneford’s volunteer members provide for patients at Warwick Hospital.

Maybe you would like to do something at Radio Warneford to help your local community but you aren’t keen to speak on air or learn the technical side of things? Then why not become a member of our daytime Ward Visiting team. Without the pressures of live broadcasting, our Ward Visitors are able to take more time to chat with patients on the wards, help them tune in to hear our programmes via Patient Wi-Fi and collect music requests for the programme later in the day.

Joining Radio Warneford couldn’t be easier. You don’t need any special qualifications to become a member and previous experience is not required. If you enjoy being part of a team, like meeting and chatting with new people, enjoy a range of music, have buckets of enthusiasm and a great sense of fun, then we want you as part of our station! You’ll need to be able to attend our studios at Warwick Hospital on a regular basis – the exact days and times 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!

Sara Lister, Radio Warneford’s Station Manager, says “When you become part of Radio Warneford, you get to enjoy many new opportunities – like making new friends and being part of a vibrant team of like-minded volunteers. All of our new recruits get the training they need to make the most of their abilities. For example, if you want to become a broadcaster, our expert trainers will guide you through all of the technical and presentation skills required in order to broadcast first class radio programmes. So why not sign up for one of our taster evenings and then you can come along and find out why being a Radio Warneford volunteer can make a real difference to your life.”

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 – www.radiowarneford.co.uk/involved. You will also be able to download a copy of our application form and the latest Membership Information leaflet. 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.

Why not take up the challenge right now! Join the Radio Warneford team and make a real difference in your community.

Note To Editors

  • Radio Warneford is the hospital broadcasting service based at Warwick Hospital in the heart of Warwickshire.
  • Volunteer members have been providing quality radio entertainment to patients since 1973.
  • Radio Warneford is an independent charity (registered no 507582) 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 30,000 tracks.

Issued by Andy Dowell, Communications Manager - 9 October 2017