Prestigious nomination for Rother FM recognises partnership work

Published Tuesday, 24th June 2014
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Rother FM has been nominated for a prestigious radio industries social action award for their work on Rotherham’s hate crime radio campaign.

The campaign was developed with funding from the Safer Rotherham Partnership.

Rotherham Vulnerable Persons Unit (based in Riverside House) and RMBC’s Community Engagement Team worked with Rother FM to provide the brief for the campaign and agree the scripts.

We involved partner organisations who contributed their voices and experiences to the campaign, including Speakup Self Advocacy, Rotherham LGB&T Youth Group, Transupport and Age UK.

The Councils Communications Team also contributed their expert advice and the campaign was broadcast over last summer 2013 and February/March 2014.

Speakup self-advocacy trainers Jodie and Vicky, Cllr Rose McNeely (Chair of Safer Rotherham Partnership) and Chief Insp. Richard Butterworth provided testimony to support the award nomination.

The Aquiva Awards are said to be the commercial radio equivalent of the Baftas and with 500 - 600 stations in the UK entering most categories, competition is stiff.

Only three entries are nominated in each category and Rother FM is the smallest radio station in the social action category.

Cllr Rose McNeely, who is also the Council’s Cabinet Member for Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods, said “This is fantastic news, I wish the group going down all the best and hope that they are able to come back as winners.

“The fact that they have been nominated to the last three is recognition enough but if we won, wow!”

The Rother FM team is attending an awards ceremony in London on 3 July 2014 when the winner will be announced.