5 Towns Community Radio won the Community Group Category in WDH’s 2018 Love Where You Live Awards having beat previous champions Havercroft Parents Forum after a fierce battle for digital votes.
Amanda Marchant and several other volunteers dedicate their spare time to run the 5 Towns Community Radio from The Hut in Airedale. The radio station is available online and they hold discussions about local issues and events. They also offer local businesses the chance to advertise in order to help keep people shopping in the local area. This summer they have held workshops on presenting and other creative subjects for local children to help reduce anti-social behaviour and improve their self-esteem and confidence. The volunteers at 5 Towns Radio also held a music festival in order to promote the radio station and bring the local community together.
Trevor Wainwright, a member of the group, said: “We are all delighted to win this award. We feel a great sense of pride and it was a real honour. It shows what we do is obviously engaging the community as they have voted for us in such numbers, which we are very grateful for and proves that we have a listenership that would like to see us grow within the community. It proves that we work well as a team and have a good diversity among our volunteers and how we work. Hopefully the award will attract more listeners and more funding for our community based projects, to enhance life in the 5 towns and involve the community either groups or individuals in more activities and through this make the community a better place helping reduce crime and anti social behaviour as well as providing good diverse community radio entertainment for the community.”