Reach Out is an ambitious local initiative to connect charities and community organisations in Herefordshire.
Reach Out is committed to promoting, publicising and supporting the work of voluntary and community groups by:
- Bringing together different sectors of the Herefordshire community to drive forward strategies and plans that will benefit local communities
- Identifying the needs and gaps within the sector and working together collaboratively to deliver events and services that improve the quality of life in our communities
The beating heart of Reach Out will be Reach Radio, Herefordshire’s first community radio station. Based initially at Saxon Hall, Hereford and in partnership with key stakeholders from a wide range of sectors, the station will start broadcasting live in early 2019. In the interim, it will stream music and recordings – listen by going to our home page and clicking on the listen live widget.
Our content will be vibrant and diverse; great music, stories and interviews from our communities, news, events and shout-outs for our charities. Reach Radio’s priorities are:
• To provide a voice and a new medium for charities and communities
• Help combat social isolation and improve well-being
• Empower people of all ages to volunteer and become better connected in their community
• Improve communication promoting local events and opportunities
• Open up opportunities to young people and cross-generational activities
• Provide a platform for local music scene
• Create community awareness and an information point to signpost to services
• A platform for the third sector to showcase what they do
Our story so far
2016 – With the expertise of Business in the Community project, Herefordshire Council, Hereford City Council, Herefordshire Means Business and HVOSS, together with the city’s community hubs, came together to see how they could better support the charities and organisations working in our communities. They started to look at different approaches which led to visiting community radio stations in other parts of the country as a possible model for Herefordshire. They came back brimming with ideas.
Timing was perfect! Saxon Hall was developing The Reach Out brand and were hosting a number of sell-out charity events to address the needs and challenges of organisations who often work in isolation. These events provided a great platform to test the idea of a community radio station and how it could serve the needs of our charities.
2017 – The original working group started rallying. Led by Hereford City Council and Herefordshire Council, more stakeholders were invited to help shape the radio, together with our industry partner, Like Radio. There was a fantastic energy to get Reach Radio up and running. By late 2017, a Station Manager was appointed, the very brilliant Andy Bailey, who came with loads of broadcasting experience to guide as through.
2018 – Sub-groups formed to look at our constitution and governance, funding and a small operational group started to build the assets needed to launch a radio station. Like Radio’s commitment to the project really started to kick-in as they guided us through the technical and operational detail of building a radio station. Hereford City Council awarded us funding to set up a radio base at Saxon Hall; digital broadcasting kit was purchased and content started to be recorded from interviews with charities. Loads of work went on behind the scenes from the working groups, partners and volunteers to get Reach Radio ready to make its first live broadcast at the Reach Out charities event in Hereford on 15th September, launched by the Mayor of Hereford.
2019 will see the Reach Out Partnership fully constituted as a CIO, with a Board of Trustees. Operating licenses, a volunteer & training campaign, website development, further funding and regular online broadcasting will mean that Reach Radio will become the first daily community radio station for the county. The radio will extend its reach to ensure all of Herefordshire benefits and has access to the service.
Reach Radio, from the heart of our community, will start broadcasting new content, featuring interviews, news, music and stories from our communities in 2019. Listen from your phone, tablet or laptop.
Our thanks go to all the volunteers and stakeholders who are committed to this project. Their time, energy, generosity and shared vision have made a significant contribution to this project.
For more details please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org