Project Description

The Leader of House of Commons took a new direction by supporting the launch of a radio station for people with disabilities.

Surrey Choices’ Direction Radio hit the airwaves for the first time last week.

Surrey Choices supports a range of people to find the best care, activities and services for their needs across Surrey.

Chris, visited the station on Friday (July 10) to show his support as a special guest.

The station is being run, produced and aired by Surrey Choices customers, providing a unique opportunity for people to express themselves regardless of their ability.

The aim is for the station to give a stronger voice than ever for people with disabilities.

Direction Radio aired its first breakfast show on Monday 6th July, with special guest interviews from Surrey Choices managing director, Simon Laker and Valuing People Partnership Board Co-Chair, Debbie Taylor.

A celebratory launch party was held at The Larches community hub in Epsom, on Monday 6th July, where customers and the local community came together and to enjoy a social afternoon with light refreshments.

Direction Radio airs a wide variety of music and programmes, from topical subjects, news, and current affair chat shows. Surrey Choices will provide all the training and technology needed to produce high quality, professional shows.

People can tune into the station on directionradio.surreychoices.com or via Tunein radio. A New Direction Radio app will be available at the end of August.

The brain power behind the station sits with Chris Fenn, who has 25 years’ experience in the radio and broadcast industry, from researching, producing and presenting.

Radio station manager Chris, from Sutton, said: “We were extremely excited to welcome Rt Hon Chris Grayling to our show, and we’d like to thank him for his support.

“The radio station will offer customers a hands on experience to learn every aspect of how a radio station works; including planning, preparing, interviewing techniques, production techniques and producing. I hope the radio station will also help to promote local bands and celebrate the fantastic talent in the area.

“After being in the industry for so long I want to now be able to empower the people we support with the platform to share their voice with others, and get young people excited about broadcasting.

“People can still get involved and help us build this fantastic platform regardless of their ability – just get in contact today!”

Chris said: “This is a fantastic new way of making people with disabilities feel that they have the right kind of support locally. I wish Surrey Choices every success in what it is doing.”

To find out how you could get involved with Surrey Choice’s Direction Radio contact Chris on [email protected]