The Big Birstall Yard Sale supports Takeover Radio.
Takeover Radio joined in with the Big Birstall Yard Sales held this year in July, it was a great success with good weather and a great atmosphere. Takeover raised £86 on the day and then received £574 as a donation from the organisers. A Big Takeover Thank You to The Big Birstall Yard Sale.
Update: 15th Feb 2016 another £120 was donated by the coop in Birstall, thank you for their support
Takeover Radio receives Co-op funding from the local store.
Central England Co-operative food store at Groby Road in Leicester have supported a local children's charity, Takeover Radio Children's Media Trust.
The young people's radio station broadcasting in Leicester on 103.2fm have been operating for over twelve years and were in need of replacing their old and worn out technical equipment.
The Central England Co-operative donated £5,000 towards the cost of replacing all the expenses technical equipment needed for the radio station to operate.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To advance the education and work experience of children residing in the UK by the provision of training in radio presentation, journalism, web site design, video production and any other new media, with a view to enhancing their conditions of life, and to work towards a career in the media.
Takeover Radio Children's Media Trust is a Registered Charity (1115483) that exists to train young people in all aspects of media. As such we run the first full time FM Radio Station in the World where children make shows for children. The station broadcasts to children across Leicester, and currently has over 58 members all of whom are aged 8 to 17. The station has over 50,000 listeners. The Charity runs a variety of work experience and training projects supporting children who experience various forms of disadvantage.
Some of the children we work with have a variety of disadvantages, including living in the most deprived areas of Leicester and isolated rural areas, learning difficulties and behavioral issues.
Over recent years Takeover Radio has been involved in a broad range of community cohesion and inclusion activities. This has included the Pathfinder Project (producing shows promoting community cohesion) and being involved in a school twining project which aims to promote better understanding between young people of their different cultural, religious, and day to day beliefs. The Takeover Radio young people's panel (Kidz Panel) have stated that they consider this to be a very important part of the work that Takeover undertakes, and have been engaged in looking at new areas of research and development across Leicester.
About the young people...
The diverse group of young people that come to us come because they want to have a good time playing at running their own radio station. This is fine as it is fun, they would not come back week after week if it wasn't. However as they progress through the training and then onto the group shows and eventually their own programme they learn about responsibility, team working, punctuality and commitment. The radio skills teach them communicational skill both on a one 2 one basis and talking to an audience. They develop the literacy skills along with research, editing and interviewing skills all very useful in later life. As they are fully responsible for producing their show they learn the importance of completing to a dead line and self-motivation, this is very useful as they change from school to college or the world of work.
In essence we wish to take disadvantaged young people and prepare them to face their future, with confidences, skills and the independence they will need.
In July 2000 a pilot project was run entitled Radio In Schools Project supported by the Radio Academy and was carried out by Margaret Burgin, BBC Radio Sheffield Lyndsey H Kilifin, Sheffield Hallam University John Williams, Sheffield Hallam University and Helen Grimes, Project Administration.
This project highlighted educational advantages for children working within a radio environment. At the same time we were running the first every children�s broadcast, which proved so successful we decided to set up Takeover Radio Children�s Media Trust. We have been teaching young people ever since. We saw immediately the benefits the children gained from the experience, and this concurred with the findings of the Radio In Schools project. The proof is in the young people we have helped over the last 6 years. Unfortunately if the project is not continually supported we will not be able to continue to give the children the support and training they deserve.
(Radio in Schools Project report available if required)
As our project has been running since 2000 we have seen our young people grow and develop, some have gone on to university and some have gained employment.
Andy May: Following our training Andy won the RAFTA (Radio Academy Fast Track Award) award for Best newcomer of the Year in 2003 and he was only 16 at the time. Andy received a scholarship from the BBC and went on to work for the BBC on radio and television. He is now working freelance with Fox Sport, BT Sport and Sky Sport.
Jamie Wilson: After our initial training Jamie went on the present our Saturday morning show. After completing a media degree at Bournemouth University, and secured a full time position on CBBC's Saturday morning show "Dick and Dom in da Bungalow" and now works for BBC children's television on Blue Peter.
We receive some funding through grants from Local Foundations, Awards For All, City council and advertising, however we receive no regular funding and each year we need to raise around £45,000.
If you would like to support the work we do you can by becoming a friend of Takeover and donating in a number of ways
1) Make a one of donation below. Thanks you!!
2) Set up a regular donation by direct debit. Thank you!!
3) Offer you time as a volunteer. firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for adults to look after the young people in the evenings and weekends. You do not need any radio experience just an interest in working with young people. All volunteers will need to supply references and be CRB checked.