11. Gloucester FM – the radio station building a stronger community
Gloucester FM community radio station is the county’s longest running community radio station, founded in 1999.
A not-for-profit organisation run and managed by volunteers, it relies on advertising, donations and the good will of those who offer their time for free, some of whom have been with GFM since it started.
It serves a culturally diverse area and gives local residents a chance to get involved and become a voice in their community by being presenters, committee members, news readers or interviewers, preparing them for employment or further education.
An underlying ethic at GFM is the core belief that involvement in radio can do a great deal for people in gaining tangible skills and building confidence as well as wider social and life skills.
The station helps build a stronger community, giving opportunities to local people, a platform for public, private and community organisations to deliver important messages and listeners the chance to hear vital information, ask questions and learn more about issues that affect them.