Photo caption: Back row (L-R) Helen Fuller, Amanda Fall, Sharon Komrska. Front row (L-R) Jack Fuller and Harry Fuller
A Leicester mum has told how the City’s Takeover Radio has had a really positive effect on both her young sons who train and present at the station.
Helen Fuller, salon owner at KH Hair in Hinckley, says the experience has been particularly helpful to her eldest son, Jack (14) by building his confidence and self-esteem to the point where he now hosts his own weekly show.
“Jack has always been a quiet and thoughtful boy.” explains Helen. “However, during his time at Takeover Radio, he has made amazing progress and is so much more confident. We never would have believed he’d ever have the confidence to present his own show but he does an amazing job and we’re all so proud of him.”
Jack became involved at Takeover Radio when he was just eight years old as part of a course called Heroes and Heroines. The aim of the project was to increase young people’s confidence, self-esteem and ambition through identifying with people they found inspiring.
Station manager, Sharon Komrska says she really saw his personality emerge throughout the course. “Jack started off really quite shy and introverted.” she explains. “However, during the training, I really saw his personality emerge. After he completed the course, he moved onto the Next Generation training programme and finally began presenting his own show. He has become much more independent and has shown he clearly has a talent in broadcasting.”
Takeover Radio (103.2FM) is a Children’s Media Trust that was established in 1996. It provides children and young people of Leicester with professional training and a platform for them to produce and present their own radio programmes that are broadcast live across the city and online. The charity supports young people aged between 8 and 23 with their personal and educational development and provides them with the opportunity to have their say on subject matters, build their confidence and develop their literacy and communication skills. Training is provided in radio presentation, journalism, web design, video production and new media, including podcasting.
Not one to miss out, Helen’s younger son, Harry (12) soon followed in Jack’s footsteps and joined the radio station as a young trainee two years ago. “Harry is the complete opposite to Jack.” adds Helen. “He’s always been lively and outspoken and being involved in presenting is absolutely perfect for him. He’s now joined the Opinion 8 show which broadcasts on a Tuesday evening and he’s loving the experience of broadcasting with the other young presenters.”
Sharon added: “I am very proud of how hard the young presenters all work with each other to prepare and present their show. Harry has also been out to Glastonbudget Festival where he represented the station and interviewed young and old. This is something he never really saw himself doing but with the training he received on our Loan Sharks initiative, he learned all about interview techniques, how to use recording equipment, and broadcast law, which really boosted his confidence.”
Mum, Helen, is also involved with the station. “Helen has been so supportive.” says Sharon. “Not only is she a valuable chaperone, but also steps in to help whenever she is able. She helped organise the Christmas party for the youngsters and often drives the presenters around to enable them to interview people at events such as the local panto and the Spark Arts Festival. We truly appreciate all the help and support we receive from Helen and the other parents who help facilitate things at the station.”
Funding for the charity is made up of grants, advertisers and generous donations. Since the death of the founder of Takeover Radio, Graham Coley, Sharon says the station is in desperate need of funding.
“The station currently needs £10,000 before June 2019 to ensure the service will still be available so it can continue to support the young people of Leicester, training them with invaluable life skills that will help their career development.” she explains.
Salon director, Amanda Fall at KH Hair in Leicester has recently stepped in to support Takeover Radio’s aims and is offering 50 vouchers for a cut and blow dry for just £10 in an aim to raise £500 for the station.
“Having the support of KH Hair means so much to the station and the young people who access its services.” says Sharon. “Without kind donations and fundraising like this, we simply would not be able to continue to support and train the young people of Leicester. To KH Hair and their customers, thank you!”
KH Hair’s £10 vouchers are available from Takeover Radio at Lodge 1 on Abbey Park or KH Hair at 25 Bowling Green Street in Leicester.
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KH Hair has been in business for more than 60 years and has 21 salons, with over 4,500 customers per week. Its salons are based in Arnold, Ashbourne, Ashby, Beeston, Derby, Hinckley, Ilkeston, Leicester, Lichfield, Long Eaton, Loughborough, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Oadby, Ripley, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Tutbury and West Bridgford. For details visit the website at: www.khhair.co.uk.