Youth Radio back on the airwaves

Ricky (Headphones) with freinds Owen Cruckshank, Callum Stott
Ricky (Headphones) with freinds Owen Cruckshank, Callum Stott
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A LEVENMOUTH teenager is back on air after being scuppered by snow in the winter.

Ricky Williamson (16), whose Fife Youth Radio launched a year ago, had to halt production after the roof of his makeshift studio in Windygates collapsed under heavy snow.

Ricky (Headphones) with freinds Owen Cruckshank, Callum Stott

Ricky (Headphones) with freinds Owen Cruckshank, Callum Stott

However, the good news is the station is now back up and running seven nights a week thanks to support from the local community.

Glenn Housing Association offered free premises in Leven and a grant of £2500 from O2’s Think Big funding sealed the deal.

The youth-led radio stationlends a hand to young people by getting them off the streets and learning new skills in radio presenting and production.

It has trained over 20 young presenters and producers from the local community over the past 12 months.

A delighted Ricky said: “I saw lots of problems in my local community, like alcohol abuse and anti-social behaviour, and wanted to give local young people a creative outlet.

Young people are coming here and are learning new skills and having lots of fun at the same time and the station is making a real difference by bringing my local community together and empowering young people to do something themselves.”

Meanwhile young people aged 13-25 are urged to check out the £5 million Think Big programme.

In addition to the financial support, young people receive training and mentoring to help them tackle the local issues that really matter to them.

For more information on the Think Big programme or to apply online, visit www.O2thinkbig.co.uk

To check out Fife Youth Radio, visit: www.fyr.org.uk