Radio Plattform is our youth-led radio station and training programme that gives young people a platform to build their confidence, find their voice and express their opinions.
It contains two core elements:
- A six-week accredited course, in partnership with Promo Cymru that takes place roughly every two months, culminating in a graduation ceremony.
- A youth-led radio station with support for young people to produce and present their own programmes that are available as podcasts.
The course is aimed at 16-25-year-olds, but workshops are also offered to school and youth groups and can be catered to meet specific group requirements.
Hands on training
Participants can learn all aspects of radio production from presenting, to editing and producing, as well as creating content around other Centre initiatives such as Black History Month, the Tessitura Conference, Breakin the Bay, Foli Fest, Rawffest and Boomtown Fair.
During Festival of Voice 2018, our presenters racked up interviews with Billy Bragg, female rap collective, Daughters of Reykjavik from Iceland, New Orleans sensation, Tank & The Bangas, and Charlotte Church.
Since 2017 we’ve trained more than 80 young people and have more than 35 young people still delivering radio shows.
Our young presenters have also formed relationships with other radio stations across the country including Roundhouse Radio, Reprezent Radio, Radio Cardiff and BBC Radio Wales. DJ Bethan Elfyn is a welcome supporter of the Radio Platfform initiative.
Expanding the platfform
As the programme expands, so does the station. A second studio has already been built and the original studio will undergo a full refurbishment and allow us to take a mobile kit out to schools, groups and festivals.
As part of our long-term partnership with Valleys Kids, a radio station will be built in Porth, allowing young people from the valleys to access Radio Platfform.