Volunteering since 2006.
There was an article in the local paper back in 2006, which said the local hospital radio station, Radio Cherwell, were looking for volunteers to join their team.
I applied, went through the interview process and, the rest as they say, is history. I’m still a volunteer of Radio Cherwell today, some 14 years later. I’ve hosted various programmes on the station, have visited countless patients to get their requests and have held an array of roles, including Programme Controller, Publicity Officer, Newsletter editor and most recently, I served as a Trustee at the station.
In 2015, I was approached by the Hospital Broadcasting Association, an umbrella organisation that looks after and supports hospital, health and wellbeing broadcasters and stations across the UK.
When I first joined in 2015, I was appointed Regional Rep for the Home Counties, where I had approximately 15 stations in the area to look after. During a restructure of the organisation, this role was removed, but I became editor of the organisations long-standing magazine, On-Air, something which I continued to produce up until 2019.
Now, I serve as the HBA’s Communications Executive, responsible for ensuring all marketing, pr and communications internally, externally and to stakeholders and our members get the right messages out, at the right time. Working alongside a great team of comms people, we’re able to produce material and get messages out, often at very short notice.
Both organisations provide a vital service and I’m proud to still be volunteering for both of them.