Want to get into broadcasting?
If you are thinking of working in radio, being involved with voluntary radio is a great way to develop your skills and gain experience.
For a career as a presenter, voice-over artist or producer, being involved with, say, Hospital Radio would also give you the chance to produce a demo (and may let you have your own show!). But it's also a great experience in its own right!
Hospital Radio exists specifically for the entertainment of in-patients of hospitals and offers opportunities to people of all abilities and ages to get involved with broadcasting.
Conquest Hospital Radio is delivered through bedside units and from August 2015we started to broadcast over the Internet. We are a 24/7 service however, live programming is arranged around the times that our volunteer members can attend studios,
Volunteers are trained by experienced presenters over a 6 month period and may take part in regular broadcasts which will often include local news, patient requests and interviews. Our volunteers may be attached to a particular weekly programme, or may work to keep the record library or computer systems up-to-date. Most also visit the hospital wards, to discuss the music that patients would like to hear, providing valuable interaction with non-medical staff.
Many professional radio presenters volunteer for hospital radio in their early career, as it provides a training ground for budding broadcasters. Such broadcasters include: Chris Moyles, Scott Mills, Huw Stephens, Karl Pilkington, Ken Bruce, Christian O'Connell, Simon Mayo, Phillip Schofield.
Volunteer with us & make a difference
Volunteers play a very important role in the NHS, working in a range of settings and providing a variety of services alongside paid staff.
There are thousands of volunteers in the NHS and there are approximately 1,200 volunteers who give their time to help others and to improve the quality care the Trust offers to our patients at one of our many sites whether in a community or an acute setting.
Peoples motivation to volunteer for the NHS include wanting to give something back after they or a family member have benefited from a service, exploring a career in health and a wish to develop their skills.
They devote anything from three hours each week and volunteer in a variety of different roles such as meal time helpers, outpatient clinics, reception areas, shops, and trolley and hand care services.
The first stage in becoming a volunteer is to attend a Recruitment Presentation which lasts approximately one hour and is designed to inform you of what you can expect from your voluntary role as well as what the Trust expects from its volunteers.
At the end of the presentation there will be an opportunity for you to arrange an interview with a member of the voluntary services team.