Sound Radio has made a ground-breaking agreement to provide dementia-friendly programming, believed to be a first of its kind in North Wales.
Sound Radio Ltd has been awarded £2,000 by Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council to produce two shows highlighting the condition every week over the next year.
As well as programming, Sound Radio will also produce public dementia awareness messages for distribution and use by community radio stations across the UK.
The scheme, designed to raise awareness, will see the station producing one show focusing on families and individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Another hour-long, weekly segment will be dementia-friendly with news and music aimed at those with the condition.
Station Chair Gary Carr said:
“Dementia and the care of those who suffer this cruel affliction is something very close to my heart and we are delighted and privileged to team up with Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council on this project.
“One of the main aims of community radio is to try and reach all parts of the community and we think this will be a really worthwhile and valued part of what we do.”
Shows will be made into podcasts and shared with care homes and dementia organisations. Part of the funding will be used to train volunteers in dementia awareness and make the station dementia friendly.
To kick-start the project it is looking for people to take part and tell their stories.
Gary Carr added:
“This is ultimately about our community so we need people who live with, suffer from and experience this condition, so we can show there is hope and give support to those people out there who perhaps struggle alone with caring for themselves or others.
“The message is you don’t have to struggle alone and hopefully we can bring the community together through the airwaves, as this is their station too.”
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