Radio Brockley are currently recruiting new volunteers for patient befriending, presenting and producing radio shows.
Hospital Radio is an extremely rewarding way to volunteer your time, support the local community and develop your skills.
We make sure volunteering is fun and beneficial to all parties. It is true that the more you put in, the more you will get out of it.
You will get enormous satisfaction from knowing you are helping others and working with a great team of people.
Volunteering with Radio Brockley is a regular commitment, as, without our volunteers, we cannot provide the radio services that we do. We ask our volunteers to be available at least once a week, at a mutually agreed time. Of course, if you want to come more often, that would be great!
Our team volunteering nights are currently: Sundays (7pm-9pm), Tuesdays (8pm-10pm) and Thursdays (7pm-10pm). There are also additional volunteering roles which you can commit to outside of these team hours, such as producing shows, conducting interviews, organising events and publicity.
Join Us For A Taster Session
If you are interested in joining Radio Brockley, we recommend you get in touch with our New Members Coordinator.
You will be invited to join us for one of our team volunteering nights, to meet some of our current volunteers, observe a live show being broadcast from the studio and gain a better understanding of our role within the hospital.
This is a good opportunity for you to ask us any questions you may have about Radio Brockley and Hospital Radio more generally. This is also a chance to let us know more about you and how you would like to get involved.
How Do I Join Radio Brockley?
Following your Taster Visit you can submit your application form to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital’s Volunteer Services Team.
We will support you in this application to make it a smooth and speedy process.
You will need to complete or provide the following:
- Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. For this you will be required to complete a form, and present documents to prove your identity and home address.
- You will be requested to provide the names and contact details for 2 references.
- You will be requested to attend a free Induction Course at the hospital and complete an Occupational Health (OH) survey.
Once the DBS is cleared, you can usually start to volunteer, providing you book onto the Induction Course and have completed your OH check.
Your photograph will also be taken for ID purposes and you’ll be asked to give us full contact details, including next of kin, if you haven’t provided these already.
What will I get to do at Radio Brockley?
Over the course of your first few weeks at Radio Brockley, we will buddy you up with an experienced volunteer who will help you get to grips with the hospital layout, best practices, the importance of visiting patients and patient participation in our shows, the methods by which patients can hear us, the services we provide and events we get involved with.
One of the most important roles is to befriend our patients, and whilst taking their minds off of being in hospital, increase their awareness of the station, collect music requests and helping with the Sunday evening “Bedside Bingo” game.
Present Specialist Music Radio Shows
To become a presenter on live or pre-recorded shows, you must pass a “voice test”. However, before you take the test, like anything else, we would suggest you practise first, and seek guidance or coaching from one of our existing members.
Produce Interviews and Shows
Some people want to get involved with presenting or engineering our shows, become a reporter for events and interviews and learn editing skills for program production. We can provide guidance and training for all of these skills.
Media Administration, Publicity and Fundraising
Some members are keen to work in the background, perhaps in our music library, assist in the administration of the station, maintain our public relations presence, and organise fundraising efforts to name just a few.
What training will I receive at Radio Brockley?
You will receive support and training from our experienced members, some of whom also work in professional radio.
NHS Safeguarding Training
In partnership with the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, we ensure all members are provided with appropriate safeguarding training so that you feel prepared and confident volunteering on a hospital site.
All volunteers who wish to present a show on Radio Brockley must pass a ‘voice test’ first. We provide presenter training and coaching for all of our volunteers.
We encourage all of our members to learn the technical and logistical sides of creating a radio show and provide comprehensive engineering training, where you will learn to operate the equipment and develop the skills required to ensure the quality of our shows. You will be required to pass the engineering test before you engineer live or pre-recorded shows.
How Do I Become A Full Member of Radio Brockley?
After twelve weeks of volunteering with us you will be offered full membership of the charity. Once you have paid a subscription, you will be entitled to the benefits of membership. These include access to the music library, use of the studio facilities and equipment and the right to vote at meetings.