HOW COMMUNITY RADIO CAN BENEFIT YOUR CAUSE…

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Guest blog by Keith Higgins, Wycombe Sound

Community radio stations typically cover a small geographical area and run on a not-for-profit basis. They cater for whole communities or for different areas of interest. Community radio stations reflect a diverse mix of cultures and interests. A community radio station’s programmes will reflect the needs and interests of its audience. This means creating direct links with its listeners, offering training opportunities and making sure that members of the community can take part in how the station is run.

At Wycombe Sound we are setting up a community radio station as a community interest company that will serve the needs of the town of High Wycombe and the surrounding area. We have already been on air twice for 28 days in 2013 & 2014 and we have another short term licence for broadcasting on 87.9 FM, starting on November 19th. Ofcom have allowed us to use a more powerful transmitter this time so we should be able to reach a wider area than before, especially to the north of the town and to the east. At the moment we are busy getting the studios ready in our new permanent home, which is in Bridge House, Bridge Street, directly opposite the Bus Station.

We have also submitted our application to Ofcom for a 5 year community radio licence. If we are successful, we will be able to work with different groups in our catchment area for a much longer period of time. Our short term broadcasts have shown how we have made an impact on the lives of different people and we want to continue to do this.

It is important that we meet the requirements of Ofcom so we will welcome any members of the community who want to work with us to promote their services & community projects. Many of our listeners have told us how much they value a truly local radio station for High Wycombe. At Wycombe Sound, we are giving the people who live & work in the town and the surrounding area an opportunity to work with us and ensure that the great work people do in our local communities is brought to the attention of a wider audience.

If you want to find out more about Wycombe Sound, do contact either Keith or Pippa, two of the Directors of the CIC.

Keith: 01494 449900 (Studio), 07753 277567, e-mail: keith@wycombesound.org.uk
Pippa: 01494 449900 (Studio), 07973 7109763, e-mail: pippa@wycombesound.org.uk

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More, more, more!

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Charities just seem to want more these days!

The website UK Fundraising issued an article stating that 75% of charities are bending under the pressure of increased demand for services. They go on to say that “More than half of them are not confident they will survive the next five years.”

This data is based on the Local Charity & Community Group Sustainability Report, which surveyed 538 local voluntary sector organisations from across the UK, and reports that:

  • 81% of local charities are facing an increase in demand for services. However, only 15% of those feel they have enough funds to deal with this.
  • 73% of local groups expect their annual income to either decrease or remain stagnant over the coming financial year.
  • 59% of them say income generation is their most pressing issue
  • 42% of groups have had to use their reserves in the last 12 months
  • 43% are concerned about a lack of reserves
  • only 4% are in a position to prioritise building financial reserves.

This data mirrors almost exactly the recent sector report by Community Impact Bucks on the needs of charities in Buckinghamshire (download here).

If we consider these statistics alongside one more really critical aspect – that only 15% say that they have an adequate business plan – the future for our 5,000 charity and community groups may be tough.

The data is piling up that the charity and voluntary sector is facing a challenge and will be asking for more – but we must remember that the charity sector now carries a great deal more responsibility than it has ever done before. As the government reduces in size the charity sector often picks up the slack.

So yes they are asking for more… but they are doing much more. At CIB we are working with charity and community groups to help them make the most of their resources at Start up, Develop or Crisis – they can contact one number 0300 111 1250 or one email address info@communityimpactbucks.org