Please note that we are unable to provide work experience.
Volunteers at Whipps Cross Hospital Radio are a group of dedicated people who provide entertainment for patients, ex-patients, out-patients and staff in the Whipps Cross community. Most volunteers are busy people who give up an evening a week to support a great charity. Roles range from presenting and technical help to visiting patients in the wards for a chat and a request, to making the tea!
As a community radio station we have an audience which changes every week. Most patients will only be with us for a few days but if we can brighten those days just a little bit, then our job is done. A chat here, a request there and giggle wherever we can – the old saying about laughter being just the tonic stands as tall now as it did 45 years ago when we started.
Uniquely we can meet our audience. And when they go home they can stay in touch via our website ‘listen live’ facility.
Importantly you need to live fairly locally.
We generally operate in the evenings (our daytime broadcasts are automated) so getting home may be an issue. Public transport links are reasonable but your own transport will help. From our experience living miles away can be difficult.
Station members generally spend an evening a week not only doing their own programmes, but also helping others and collecting requests from the wards. So it is important that you have the time and positive commitment to turn up regularly. Occasionally we will also ask you to help at fund-raising events. Running the station is costly and we receive no external financial support.
An interest in radio and a wide range of music would help and some technical ability would be an advantage. But most important is the ability to get along in a small team and to enjoy meeting and talking to people. Not everybody who joins us wants to present programmes and we have opportunities for helping behind the scenes or on the wards.
What do we offer in return?
Hospital Radio can be an extremely rewarding experience, chatting to patients or playing their favourite music. You can learn about radio, enjoy a warm social atmosphere and also feel you are really helping a worthwhile cause. We can also offer opportunities with sports coverage and the technical side of keeping the station running as well as writing and producing articles for our website.
With our two on-air studios, digital playout systems, plus our production studios we have professional facilities which are better than most community radio stations. We train presenters to operate equipment and produce programmes but everyone has to be involved in meeting patients. In a number of cases station members have gone on to make successful careers in broadcasting.
How to get involved?
You should now have a good look around this website and have a listen to our programmes so that you are familiar with everything we do.
Initially please fill out the form below. We will make an appointment for you to visit on a Sunday evening to look around. On a second visit you can start on the application process which is managed by Barts Trust but which can take time as it requires DBS clearance and referees.
And then the fun begins…