With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career.
There are already thousands of volunteers in the NHS, involved in services ranging from mentoring, befriending and peer support through to assisting with recycling, working in hospital radio or cafes and even fish tank maintenance. Volunteering can help people to gain new skills and experience and, for some, can provide a stepping stone to paid employment.
Roch Valley Radio is based at Fairfield General Hospital and broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, non-stop to it’s in-patients and online. The station is manned solely by volunteers, from the chairman, secretary, presenters and general office support.
If you’re able to donate a few hours of your time each week or month it would be a huge support to Roch Valley Radio and our cause. If you’re interested in Music and would like to have your own weekly show, this would be brilliant too.
Everybody within Roch Valley Radio is supported to ensure they shine and show their potential, if you for instance would like to broadcast and have your own radio show, our in-house trainers will sit with you and teach you the equipment and software that we use in the studios to broadcast.
If you’re looking to work within the NHS or have always wanted to work within the Radio / Media industry but don’t know where to start, you will have the perfect opportunity to impress recruiters with your experiences and passion for your interests by working as a volunteer within our Charity. Employers are well aware of the benefits of volunteering and recognise the initiative and commitment that can be required by volunteers.
Whilst qualifications are undoubtedly of importance, voluntary work can help you get the experience you need. And remember, the benefits don’t end there: you’ll meet new people, try new things and almost definitely have some fun at the same time.
Notable people who started in Hospital Radio
- Chris Moyles – Presenter, BBC Radio 1. Worked at Wakefield’s Broadcast to Hospitals Service.
- Scott Mills – Presenter, BBC Radio 1.
- Huw Stephens – Presenter, BBC Radio 1.
- Simon Rix – Kaiser Chiefs (Bass).
- Nick Hodgson– Kaiser Chiefs (Drums).
- Philip Glenister – Actor (Life On Mars, Ashes To Ashes)
- Karl Pilkington – Author/personality.
- Ken Bruce – Presenter, BBC Radio 2
- Andrew Peach – Presenter, BBC Radio 2
- Christian O’Connell – Presenter, Absolute Radio
- Jill Dando – Presenter, BBC. Worked at Sunshine Hospital Radio
- Simon Mayo– Presenter, BBC Radio 2
- Aled Haydn Jones – Producer on the Chris Moyles Show, BBC Radio 1. Worked at Bronglais Hospital Radio
- Phillip Schofield– Presenter. Worked at Hospital Radio Plymouth
- Tim Key – series producer of The Bill. Worked at Kidderminster Hospital Radio
- Amanda Sergeant – Presenter GMTV. Worked at Radio City 1386AM – The ABM University Health Boards Radio Service in Singleton Hospital, Swansea.
- Jason Mohammad – Presenter and Newsreader – BBC Radio Wales, BBC Wales Today, Wales on Saturday. Worked at Radio City 1386AM – The ABM University Health Boards Radio Service in Singleton Hospital, Swansea.
- Simon Clark – Sports presenter, BBC Look North. Worked at Kingstown Radio.