Paul takes to the air

23 May 2017

A Chelmsford man with learning disabilities is one step closer to fulfilling his dream of being a radio DJ with the help of a local hospital’s station.

Paul Allen who lives at SSL’s Nickleby Road.

Paul Allen, who lives at Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Nickleby Road, which provides supported accommodation for people with learning disabilities, was supported to attend an assessment at Broomfield Hospital Radio to see how the station worked and how its equipment functioned.

Now attending the hospital radio weekly, Paul will complete a training program to help him develop his understanding of the station and help him work toward his dream of hosting his own show. 

He said: “I’m really enjoying going in each week and learning about how radio works.

"I’ve already been able to go round and collect requests from patients and I can see how much of a difference it makes."

I’ve already been able to go round and collect requests from patients and I can see how much of a difference it makes.

Paul Allen, Resident

Residents at supported living schemes like Nickleby Road receive personalised care and support, tailored to their individual needs.

SSL project worker James Grant said: “Paul is very interested in the media and a big music lover – he will be singing at our forthcoming open day in August - so looking into work on a radio station was a very positive support area for him.

“Broomfield Hospital Radio was the first station we looked at as it is local and Paul is familiar with the great service they provide. This is a fantastic opportunity for a resident to contribute positively to the local community.”

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