Case Study: Highlighting the City's hidden volunteers - Andrew Hill

Hospital Radio


ANDREW Hill is the Station Manager of Hospital Radio Plymouth. “I got interested in listening to local radio as a teenager in the early 1980s,” he said.

By RACHAEL DODD - Herald Reporter rachael.dodd@plymouthherald.co.uk

ANDREW Hill is the Station Manager of Hospital Radio Plymouth. “I got interested in listening to local radio as a teenager in the early 1980s,” he said. “It was still in its infancy at that time. I was aware of Hospital Radio and thought it would be something I’d like to have a go at some stage. “In 1983 there was an advert in The Herald saying they were looking for volunteers, so I got in touch, went along to an open evening and the rest, as they say, is history.” Andrew’s belief in the service hospital radio provides has kept him committed to the station for 35 years. “Some people question the relevance of hospital radio in today’s digital age when you can bring your own gadgets into hospital with you and look at Facebook, surf the internet, play games, or watch the TV,” he said. “Hospital Radio however is a very personalised form of radio and a recent independent impact study has shown that such stations still have an important place for those who find themselves in hospital.” For charities such as Hospital Radio Plymouth, volunteers are vital “Without them there would be no station,” he said. “We don’t have any paid staff and everything we do is done by volunteers, both in front of the microphone and behind the scenes. “We are lucky to have a group of volunteers with such diverse interests and abilities. As a result, in addition to our mainstay of requests, we produce a significant quantity of speech-based material and also a range of specialist music shows. Equally as important are engineers, fundraisers and administrators because without them the service could not be sustained. “Volunteering enables you to give something back to the community, you can gain friendships, you can develop your skills, it helps you fill free time by doing something productive and for some it can even be a stepping stone to paid employment. “Give it a go – what have you got to lose? Make that call or send that e-mail. It could turn out to be the best thing you’ve ever done.

Andrew is just one of thousands of people in Plymouth doing amazing things for each other every day. Imagine what we could do if we combined our efforts to tackle our city’s biggest issues. It’s your chance to make a difference. If you’d like to get involved contact us.

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