As part of NCVO Volunteers week, Volunteer Co-ordinator Juanita Williams secured a spot on Sandwell’s local Asian radio station, Raaj 93.1fm.
No stranger to Raaj FM, Juanita had been on the show previously to talk about her work in the local voluntary sector and also when she carried the Olympic Torch in 2012.
The Friday afternoon slot is reserved for Community Affairs which includes Health Awareness and the format is generally a question and answer session. The programme starts with news, weather and music followed by an introduction from the DJ Manny Khaira who welcomes his guests.
Juanita was able to talk about volunteering opportunities on the SCOPA project and this was translated into Punjabi for the listeners. There was then more music before talking about the SCOPA project generally, again translated into Punjabi.
The result was that we had two phone calls in the following week asking about the service which was promising and both have been referred to the local authority Welfare Rights team for benefits checks.
Jodie McCaughan, Sandwell Cancer, Older People and Advocacy