Choices Waves is an exciting broadcasting station that supports people to learn skills for employment. Staff do this by creating podcasts and music shows to be broadcast on the Choices Waves Mixcloud.
The service involves group and individual virtual sessions to gain new skills and learn about how shows are produced, edited and then broadcast. The service supports people to connect with a wider community and develop confidence in different situations. It also improves communication and presentation skills which are transferable to other working environments.
Other skills include:
- Learning how to problem solve and overcome barriers.
- Developing people’s digital skills and knowledge.
- Supporting people to learn about what is going on in the world.
Listen to our Choices Waves welcome message below:
Vocational projects like Choices Waves help our customers to improve their confidence, gain independence and learn new skills to prepare for the world of work. We have our own modules of learning and provide support for individuals to progress further if they wish onto work experience, voluntary or paid work.
For those who want to try presenting, producing or remixing music on a broadcasting station listened to by hundreds of people, Choices Waves is the perfect place to start. This Surrey broadcasting experience could simply be a hobby to meet new people or volunteers can gain experience and a qualification that looks great on their CV.
Here are some of the benefits of Choices Waves:
- Provides key transferable skills to enable people to move into employment
- Gives people a platform to express themselves and feel heard.
- Develops people’s confidence in their abilities and helps their journey with Surrey Choices
- Open doors to further employment or volunteering either within other community radio stations such as Kane FM or other areas of interest.
If you would like to know more about this project please let us know.
Surrey Voices Podcast
The new podcast, Surrey Voices, which is written and produced by disabled people, launched in March 2022. The show discusses disability issues and the achievements of people who are supported at Surrey Choices.
People we support are involved in all aspects of production. Finding interviewees, conducting interviews, researching topics and chasing down contributors – lots of soft skills. Also, learning the software which we use to produce the podcast, as well as developing skills used in audio recording, editing and mixing.
The show is made up of a number of segments like ‘Choices Voices’ where they get opinions of people we support, based on questions that our listeners send it. For example, do disabled people see people like themselves on TV? Or does pineapple belong on pizza? In ‘Above and Beyond’ someone says thanks to a person or place which regularly helps them in their daily life.