Liverpool Young Runaways feel at home on the airwaves

Posted by / Sunday 05 June 2016 /

Liverpool Young Runaways has launched a new radio project with the support of a grassroots radio station, giving a group of young people who have run away from home or care the chance to learn the tricks of the trade from professional  producers and DJs.


The young people, aged 17 and under, will spend 12 weeks working with Unity Radio, as part of the station’s ‘Next Gen Youth’ radio project.

They will be given the chance to take part in all that is involved in co-ordinating, producing and hosting a radio show.

As well as aiming to inspire the budding broadcasters while training them in media skills, the initiative will see them achieve an Arts Award Bronze level qualification.

"This is a great opportunity and taking these young people out of their comfort zone and building up their confidence in a new environment will be really empowering. It will be an experience like no other and provide valuable new skills at the same time. You never know, we might have some future stars of the airwaves on our hands!"

Lesley Stopforth, children’s services manager at Action for Children

The programme will conclude with the group putting together their own two-hour show aired live on Unity Radio (92.8FM and The special broadcast will showcase everything they’ve learnt and will include a mix of music, game reviews and interviews tackling issues relevant to them, including running away and going missing.

The initiative has been set up and funded by the charity Railway Children in partnership with Unity Radio and our very own  Liverpool Young Runaways, which works with some of the city’s most disadvantaged young people.

"Funding initiatives like this are vital in helping children who run away and the risks they face become more visible and understood in their community. This project is giving a voice to a group of young people who would not ordinarily get the chance, as well as a great opportunity to build their self-esteem and work as part of a team to deliver a high-quality radio programme."

Sarah Lanchin, UK Programme Manager at Railway Children