Desert Island Discs with the Community Team of SWW
We were lucky enough to be granted support from South West Water Community Team that came via the fine people at Action Funder. ( link Below)
For those who are unsure who Action Funder is then go check them out as they bridge the gap between Corporate and Communities. They offer many things and very often this is Grant Funding for project work. Ours came via SWW and their community team as so we could work with young people in our recording studio so we could teach them to use the software so they could then teach others. They saw us a quite a unique project and gave us some support that helped kick start the youth involvement in the radio and recording studio.
They not only supported us, they also came to visit.
One Friday afternoon in early March, we welcomed the community team into our library and studio. Both Nancy and Si from SWW were quite impressed with the musical instrument library we had set up on the high street and that it has attracted a lot of youth involvement and not just due to access to instruments.
We planned the afternoon to do a Radio style Desert Island Discs where both Si and Nancy could choose their tracks, a book and an item and over the next hour we recorded the session that, I must say, went really well. It was comfortable, honest, informative and fun. The youth got the most out of it as they recorded not just the sound but through our media students, they helped capture the session through film.
Our recording booth is not the high tec booth that you would find in a top end recording studio. We built it ourselves on a small budget and spent the majority of the money we had on the computers, equipment and software. It may be basic but for us, it's simply the best. It's on our high street and its accessible to all in our community who would like to use it. We do plan to invest in it further if we can find the money that will enable it but until then we use it as it was set out to be used; a tool for teaching youth, a space that is accessible for all, a place where we can help you record, edit and upload your music to where you want it to be and we are currently working with other young people who are in that process.
With support we manage to do great things as SWW community team found out and when we do get support, it is so often our youth that benefit.
Action Funder link - https://www.actionfunder.org/
We will share a link when it will be played on the radio next. Just waiting for the nod from SWW.