A radio station geared to enriching the lives of older people across North Lanarkshire has just hit the airwaves.
Reshaping Radio, a community online station, has been launched as part of the nationwide Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) programme.
A key aim of RCOP is to give voluntary and community groups the resources and backing to enable them to take a leading role in developing and contributing to the support and services their community needs.
And it’s hoped the new station will capture imaginations – as well as provide a platform for local talent – across North Lanarkshire.
“The online community station will be live for approximately two hours a day it’s already bursting with vibrant content of interest to people over 65,” said Christine McNally of Shotts-based charity Getting Better Together who’ve played a lead role in setting up the station.
“The beauty of radio is that anything is possible and we’ve already got a vibrant programme lined up; from music, book and film reviews, story-telling to updates on local supports and events.
“We have a team of dedicated volunteers and contributors but we’re always looking for new material to fill the show. We’d urge anyone who’d be interested in participating and contributing, regardless of age, to get in touch.”
Christine continued: “You might be a journalism student looking to take your stories to a wider audience, a budding musician, historian or poet. Whatever your passion in life – we want to hear from you – because we believe it will make a big difference to those listening.”
RCOP also aims to make independent, positive living a reality to growing numbers of older people through combining the expertise of a network of people and individuals.
In North Lanarkshire, RCOP is combining the expertise of the voluntary sector with partners including NHS Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Council and the independent sector.
Many of the partners have been involved in setting up the station. Clare McCool, of NHS Lanarkshire, explained that the new resource is a two-way method of engaging older people.
“Digital inclusion and equipping older people’s groups with basic skills in operating technology and the internet has been an important aspect of the RCOP partnership work in recent years.
“The main aim of the online community radio station is to make older people and their carers still feel part of the community - even if they can’t leave their homes.
“That’s crucial to combating feelings of isolation.”
Clare continued: “Because it’s online there will be an interactive forum element too, which can improve social interaction at home. This is a project we’re very keen for people, especially older people, to take real ownership of.”
You can tune into the radio station by visiting: http://www.northlanarkshireradio.com Visit the schedule section to see what’s on.
For more info on how to get involved contact the Reshaping Radio studio on 01501 825800.
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