Heartland Multi Media Charmain Graham Huggins chats to Alistair Smith Heartland FM Station Manager on Local Radio Day
Local Radio Day returns for its fifth year on Monday 12th October 2020 to highlight the value of local radio to communities and to celebrate the unique relationship between local broadcasting and listeners.
Local Radio Day 2020 will specifically celebrate communities making waves. This is a great opportunity to highlight what people have done to turn the tide on isolation, inspiring and helping others within communities across the nation. The extraordinary achievements that come from caring and supporting each other are both reflected and amplified by local radio.
Local radio is not only working to reduce isolation but also as a key component in rebuilding communities – with everything from local job vacancies being advertised to signposting people to support services in their areas and encouraging people to shop local. We want to make sure everybody is aware of the incredible benefits of local radio and what it can do for their wellbeing and community.
For Local Radio 2020, we’re looking at issues of loneliness and social isolation… And here is a great way of how you can Make A Difference! We know that loneliness can affect people of all ages and the coronavirus pandemic has made life incredibly difficult for many people. That’s why we’re asking YOU to make a pledge to talk to someone who you haven’t spoken to in a while, or at all, with the aim of checking in on how they are. A current example is the student who has just gone to university for the first time, but there are so many others. How about the next-door neighbour who hasn’t been able to get out lately? Or a friend you’ve simply not spoken to for a while? A recent survey from the British Red Cross found that 41% of UK adults were feeling lonelier since lockdown and 31% felt alone, as though they have no one to turn to. This is a chance for us to help to turn the tide. Most importantly, we’d like to make a note of all of your wonderful pledges. This will remind everybody that they can reach out and find someone who will listen to them
If you would like to talk to someone in one of the local community support groups of the Theatre Telephone Club – here are some of the numbers
Pitlochry and Moulin Support Group (Covers the A9 Corridor from Ballinluig to Blair Athol and beyond 01796 475333
Tay Valley Time Bank Support Group for Aberfeldy area 07507 479555
In the Dunkeld and PH8 area is 01350 700 017
And the Pitlochry Festival Theatre Telephone Club is 01796 484 623
Local Politicians show their support for Heartland FM on Local Radio Day 2020
Here are some of the interviews we have broadcast during lock down about keeping our area connected – thanks to everyone for learning new technology so we could record these remotely during lockdown