We were thrilled when BBC Radio Suffolk offered young people supported by our charity in Suffolk the opportunity to do their own radio show. Working alongside presenter, Jon Wright, two members of staff and two young people took part in the ‘Tuesday Takeover’, which is due to air on Christmas Eve.
Jon supported us to come up with an idea for the show and helped us to plan interviews and features. We even recorded some features in advance at our Ipswich Sleep Out in November, with participants doing ‘soundbites’ which we were able to use during the Tuesday Takeover show itself.
Abi, one of the young people who took part in the Tuesday Takeover describes the experience:
“I felt proud to be chosen for the interview.” She explains.
“The studio had four microphones and three big computers. Jon [the host] asked what was in The Benjamin Foundation house where I currently live, what it was like moving in and how this made me feel. Then he asked how my feelings towards this have changed up to now. I spoke about what The Benjamin Foundation do, and my hobbies and past times and what I would like to do in the future.”
The group were even able to pick what songs could be played.
“I chose Christmas songs and songs that have nice memories for me.” Abi continues.
A huge thank you to BBC Radio Suffolk and Jon Wright for offering this unique opportunity to the young people who are supported by our charity in Suffolk – everybody had a wonderful time!
Tune in on the afternoon of Christmas Eve to hear the programme in full.
Steven Newing House opened its doors in May 2003. Since then it has accommodated nearly 200 young people.