Community Fund boost for Vectis Radio

11 months ago Fri 17th Sep 2021

Simon and Ian in Newport Travel Shop

Vectis Radio in Newport is the latest recipient of the Southern Vectis Community Fund. Which will help the radio station accelerate plans to adapt the facilities it offers to local young people.

Vectis Radio, which has a studio in The Riverside Centre in Newport, offers training for students with learning difficulties - giving them the chance to learn ‘the four ps’ - Presenting, producing, promoting and podcasting. 

Before the Covid pandemic, up to five students could visit the studio at a time to gain experience on what it’s like to run a radio station. Now, due to restrictions in confined spaces, only two are permitted. 

“We’ve decided to move our recording booth out into the main area here at the station - so we can bring more young learners in at a time within an easier and safer environment,” said Ian Mac, from Vectis Radio. “In order to do this, we need to invest in a range of new equipment - and that is where Southern Vectis’ Community Fund has been so helpful.”

The Isle of Wight bus operator has donated £250 towards the move, which it is hoped will provide more of the island’s youngsters with valuable experience and a relief from the norm. 

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, life has become harder for us all - and we want to offer those living within our community, the chance to forget about all of that, learn some new skills - and have fun,” added Ian. “I’d like to thank Southern Vectis for this donation, which will be put to really good use.”

Simon Moye, Southern Vectis operations manager, said: “Vectis Radio is a valuable local resource, dedicated to enriching the lives of people here on the Isle of Wight. Our Community Fund is designed to support such worthy causes - and I’m delighted we have been able to help.”

Southern Vectis’ Community Fund is open to applicants twice a year, during May and November, where the operator will fund or support good causes up to the value of £500.