New Radio and Media Project to Support the Armed Forces Community

June 2, 2021

The Schomberg Society have received funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Force for Change programme to engage with hard-to-reach and isolated Veterans, Serving Personnel and their families as part of a community media and radio project.

Those taking part in the project will be taught how to produce and broadcast their own daily Veterans’ Show. The show will broadcast on Fuse FM Mourne, available on 106.2fm for those around the Kilkeel area, and also online, for two weeks starting on the 29th June.

Schomberg Society Community Development Worker, Roberta, talked to us about the upcoming project.

“This is the first time we’ve received funding from the AFCT to run an actual project, and there’s a role for everyone. Participants will have the chance to learn about video and radio production, editing, interviewing and presenting,” she explained.

The project encourages Veterans to become a part of the local community, and engage with listeners through radio competitions, phone-ins and interviews.

Roberta told us: “There’s a team of instructors for the project, one of them is a Veteran, and one whose family has served, so there’s a connection there for our participants. The radio station is already established, but this project is an opportunity for them to tell their story and make them feel part of the community.”

Another training session will run later this year, with the group due to broadcast in December. This project is open to all Veterans living across Northern Ireland, not just those in the local area.

If you would like to find out more, and learn how you can get involved, please get in touch with the Schomberg Society by emailing schombergsociety@gmail.com or call 07753222553.

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