The Berkeley Foundation has made a grant of £7,500 to support online community radio, Roehampton Radio. The radio, based on the Alton (Roehampton) Estate in Wandsworth, is run by local residents. It gives a voice to a disenfranchised community, enabling them to share and celebrate their stories and raise issues of local importance.
"We have been working with the diverse community on the Roehampton Estate since 2011, helping to facilitate a whole host of participatory activities, resulting in the development of Roehampton Radio." Arti Prashar, CEO and Artistic Director at Spare Tyre.
Roehampton Radio focuses on building the skills of the residents on the estate. Each episode is created by local people, working with participatory arts charity Spare Tyre and artist Josh Grigg. Those with an interest in journalism, presenting or producing radio can gain real experience in their chosen field.
Roehampton Radio was launched by Spare Tyre during Autumn 2013, with a pilot which focused on the end of life. By investigating the skills, knowledge and experience of people on the estate, the programmes brought a normally taboo topic out into the open.
St James, which is part of the Berkeley Group, will be working with Roehampton Radio this year to unlock more stories from the local area. Over the past ten years St James has redeveloped five sites in Roehampton including the Grade 1 listed building Roehampton House within the former Queen Mary's Hospital.
The Berkeley Foundation's donation will enable Spare Tyre to start developing the radio into a Community Interest Company - a stand alone business under community ownership. Arti Prahsar, CEO and Artistic Director at Spare Tyre says:
"We have been working with the diverse community on the Roehampton Estate since 2011, helping to facilitate a whole host of participatory activities, resulting in the development of Roehampton Radio. This support from the Berkeley Foundation will help that work continue, enabling the Radio to grow and include more people in its activities. The Radio has the potential to connect people from every background across the Estate, giving everyone a platform to have their voice heard. Whether through contributing or listening, we hope residents will continue to get involved."