At Bedrock Radio, we are always looking for new members who are willing to join our team of volunteers and share their skills with a fantastic charity.
Voluntary Members undertake a whole range of tasks.
> Request Collectors / Ward Visitors
> Fundraisers & Event Planners
> Admin / Trustees
> Bedrock Books Librarians
> Radio Content Producers
> Sport Reporters / Prodcuers
What’s involved in being a Bedrock Radio volunteer?
We provide a unique service to hospital patients & our local health community, only a small part is about presenting programmes!
Keeping the station running takes a lot of work, and we expect our volunteers to help with a range of the jobs involved. That includes ward visiting and request collecting, fundraising activities and cleaning the studio, as well as operating the studio equipment, presenting programmes and committee work.
Patients in hospital are vulnerable people, so we need measures to protect them. You will be asked for references and due to the sensitive nature of volunteer work within the hospitals, the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not normally apply and all convictions, whether “spent” or not, must be declared. But you won’t be refused because of things like parking fines.
What skills do I need?
It helps if you are outgoing and enjoy meeting people, especially for collecting requests on the wards or fundraising keep this station on the air. You don’t need expert knowledge of music, nor any technical expertise – most important is a willingness to learn and be part of a team and be able to make a regular commitment.
What training is there?
You will receive all the training you need to become an integral part of the hospital radio team. You will be introduced to the wards and shown how the bedside radios work. You will be trained in basic infection control procedures. If you wish to progress to become a presenter, you’ll get trained in presentation techniques and on the technical equipment in the studio. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn and practice all sorts of other skills, from fundraising to setting up outside broadcast events, and from interviewing to management and committee work.
What do I get out of Hospital Radio?
The biggest reward for a hospital radio volunteer is having a patients thanking you for keeping them company at a difﬁcult time. It does not matter how much time you spend ‘volunteering’ you will leave the hospital afterwards feeling totally rewarded for the use of your valuable time and effort.
We have known patients to write, email, phone and even visit our studio to say thank you for keeping them company.
Will hospital broadcasting help my career?
Any voluntary work can be put on your CV to impress a future employer (and that applies to any job, not just the media), but nothing is guaranteed, for those who have gone into a job there are hundreds who haven’t.
Remember that health radio stations are fully working broadcasters that exist to beneﬁt the patients & communities. They are not to a training academy for would-be journalists and presenters! However, it’s all good experience – many professional broadcasters started in hospital stations and we’ll be happy to share our skills with you as long as you support a range of station activities.
Hospital Broadcasting in the UK
All over the UK, patients can hear music, news and information from their local health & hospital radio service. There are even a handful of hospital television services.
Hospital radio aims to provide comfort and entertainment to patients in hospital with a special mix of music and chat. The service keeps patients in touch with their family and friends through music requests and local news items.
Your local hospital also has a radio station dedicated to the patients and staff. There are over 200 hospital broadcasting stations in the United Kingdom serving over 400 hospitals. An estimated total of 8,000 volunteers support these stations and, Bedrock Radio have a loyal band of volunteers who receive no pay or income from the NHS or other government sources.
Find your local Hospital Radio station at www.media.info
Can you make a difference?
Why Bedrock Radio?
Bedrock Radio is unique, we’re a ‘Community Health‘ radio station serving
Havering, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, serving two NHS Trusts and three hospitals!
We have volunteers across London & Essex Including; Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge, Brentwood, Chingford, Waltham Forest, Epping Forest & even as far as Southend-On-Sea!
Bedrock Radio are always adapting to embrace latest technologies resulting in modern studios and encouraging volunteers to boost their communication skills to outreach to our community and encourage local people to listen.
Our charitable objective allows us to entertain patients in hospital, but to also outreach the wider health community (For the social inclusion of outpatients, staff, community care etc.) in order to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Bedrock Radio gets involved with our community, attending loads of events from school fetes, festivals, town shows plus more.
We like to keep our community updated on events and encourage local people to make the switch to #YourHealthyMusicMix!