Health FM

Health FM is an innovative project that was launched by Radio Regen in 2018. The project’s goals were to enable community radio stations from across the country to develop brand new projects that would engage their audience on health issues. Following a stringent application process, Radio Regen was pleased to be able to offer funding to eight stations from various communities to engage with new health partners and shape their project proposals. The funding was provided in order to achieve the following activity from stations:

    • Commit around six days of staff time to the project during September and October 2018. 
    • Attend a one day seminar in central Manchester on health partnerships and social prescribing.
    • Develop a new health project proposal for delivery by the station.
    • Explore new local partnerships.
    • Report back to Radio Regen on progress.

The following community radio stations were selected for funding following the application process:

The project began with a one day seminar at Regen HQ in Manchester, attended by representatives from each of the stations.

With key presentations from experts in social prescribing and health partnerships, the seminar was designed to equip the stations with the required knowledge to develop their health projects. The presentations, video and audio recordings and transcripts of the recordings are available for any stations wishing to launch their own projects – just click on the links below.

The following table sets out proposals for health projects that have come about as a result of the project:

Station Project Title Health issue/audience
Academy FM TalkKnit To tackle mental health issues in men and boost motor skills in schoolchildren through knitting and talking and the creation of community art
Chapel/East Leeds FM Being Well To tackle stigma and misinformation on various health issues by involving members of the community in on-air discussion of those issues
Crescent Community Radio Walk and Talk For members of the Bangladeshi, Palkistani and African heritage communities who suffer with health issues include obesity and social isolation/loneliness to go walking and record their conversations for broadcast
Gaydio LGBT hate crime reporting To boost the reporting of hate crimes suffered by LGBT people
North Manchester FM Positive mental health messages To involve 11-18 years olds who would otherwise not access health services or support in making content and discussing positive messages around mental health
Oldham Community Radio The Funky Fitness and Fun Radio Show To work with young people with additional needs or who are have a form of autism to create health content for the station, thereby boosting their confidence and communication skills
Salford City Radio Dementia awareness To tackle stigma and raise awareness of dementia in Salford though on-air discussion with community members affected by dementia and health professionals
Somer Valley FM Six Week Challenge Working with station volunteers, their networks and audience members to set themselves challenges to be active, keep learning, connect with people, take notice/be mindful or give to charity.