The Goodlife Listening Project has been awarded grants from both the Heart of England Community Fund and the Big Lottery to help build the project up and keep it going for the whole of 2018.
The funds will be used to buy professional standard recording and editing equipment and pay for staff time to record people with learning disabilities talking about the lives, create and edit an archive of materials, broadcast the best bits on Wolverhampton Community Radio, WCRFM, and use the recordings for awareness raising and discussion with people and organisations across Wolverhampton.
The grants will also help us fund training delivered with WCRFM so people with a learning disability learn the skills to be involved in every aspect of the project; recording, editing, archiving, presenting and production of our programmes and our community awareness raising sessions.
In the long-run we want to use this way of deep listening to become a stand alone social enterprise funded by organisations who have an interest in using listening as a way to audit the quality of people’s experience of their services or perhaps plan to make them better.
We’ve only just begun but already have some great recordings.
Our next step is to get a workshop together with WCRFM to help us find a programme presenter before our first programmes go out before Christmas.