Appeal for volunteers as we prepare to celebrate our 10th anniversary

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Corinium Radio Radio, Cirencester’s community radio station, is appealing for volunteers as it prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The eclectic radio station, which used to broadcast only a few days a year but now goes out 24/7 to listeners in 40 countries, is looking for people from all backgrounds to join its ranks for the exciting landmark.

New recruits to the volunteer-run station can chose how they want to help and what they want to broadcast, and only have to give as little of their time as an hour a week.

Station organisers have planned a series of events for the anniversary.

“If you’ve ever wanted to get involved with radio, now is your chance. We can’t reveal just yet what we have coming up but it will be an amazing year,” said Corinium spokesman Tony Coleman. “And I can promise it will be great fun.”

New recruits can get on air or work behind the scenes, helping with technical operations, administration, website and social media involvement and fundraising.

Volunteer and jazz enthusiast Charles Stevens said: “I have always wanted to host a music programme since my 20s and now in retirement I have achieved that ambition through my Charlie’s Jazz Pick slot.

“I have received great support from all at Corinium Radio. They have been really supportive and have made me feel entirely at home.”

Organisers pointed out there are plenty of learning and training opportunities available if people want to have a go.

Sheila Lloyd-Graham, expert in all things vintage and known to her listeners as Lady She, said: “I get a lot out of volunteering as a presenter on Corinium Radio, including meeting my wonderful guests and hearing their interesting stories.

“I feel we are reaching out to our local community by interviewing our local talent.

“I like to think that people living alone can listen to a friendly voice, which hopefully makes them feel less lonely and part of our community.”

For more information on volunteering, contact Carole Boydell at caroleboydell@coriniumradio.co.uk.