New community podcast for Nantwich

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A series of topics are set to be explored as part of a new podcast involving young people from Nantwich.

Police and crime commissioner David Keane has awarded funding to run a pilot project whereby young people will have the opportunity to create podcasts on important issues and develop their skills.

Students from Malbank and Brine Leas High school will work with experts from RedShift Radio, an online community radio station, and will teach the new podcasters skills around research, productions, presentation and promotion of the podcasts.

Podcasts will cover a number of topics and young people will seeks to interview and run questions and answer sessions with a number of people from the community.  All of the podcast topics will focus on people or groups who help to keep communities safe. 

Police officers, fire fighters, first responders and Cheshire Police’s rural crime team are amongst those planned to support the sessions.  Following the podcast, young people will write blogs to reinforce the information within the podcast and develop their written skills

The sessions aim to not only help young people to develop their skills and build on their interests but they provide the opportunity to explore important safety messages and insights withthe whole community.

Following the initial 10-week pilot, it is hoped the young people will continue to deliver the podcasts on further issues with the skills they have learnt. 

Redshift Radio worked alongside the dedicated Police Constable for Nantwich North and West, Matthew Stonier, to develop the concept and submit an application for funding to the Commissioner’s new community police fund. The new fund has been provided to all 122 policing communities in Cheshire. 

The fund has been developed using money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA) 2002. It also links directly to the recently launched initiative to increase police visibility in every community by providing a dedicated Police Constable and PCSO for all 122 areas. 

PCC David Keane said: “I am really pleased to be able to offer my support this project. Providing young people with something positive to do alongside the development of new skills is important.

“The messages the young people will explore are really important for the whole community and it is hoped that young people can make the messages more engaging.  Providing the information in this format helps to widen the audience and engage more people.

“The funding will enable the young people to work alongside experts and give them a true insight into the world of radio.”
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Caroline Tozer (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Head of Engagement and Policy, Police and Crime Commissioner)

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