Project information

Peterborough Community Radio Project

To upgrade the technology available in the community radio station & refurbish our training suite to ensure we can continue to deliver quality training, which will inspire local residents to get involved in the community radio project, where they gain skills to support their own communities.


Charity information: Peterborough African Community Organisation (PACO)

Peterborough African Community Organisation (PACO) logo
  • Need


    In Peterborough there are many diverse communities living together creating cohesion problems as groups tend to only form friendships within their own nationality or faith groups. There is no other common project that aims to bring diverse groups together, to provide training in radio production (whilst also improving key skills such as literacy and numeracy) and where everyone is encouraged to participate as much as they can to help bring communities together.


    This project brings together diverse groups of learners and takes them through a training programme for the various roles involved in producing the radio broadcasts for the community radio station. Each group is multi-national and usually mixed genders (except where Women will only engage in a women only environment, which can cater for).

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Training local residents in Community Radio so they can work together for the wider community.


    » Advertise opportunities to get involved and recruit learners to the programme
    » Provide a programme of training to meet the needs of each group and 1-2-1 sessions for learners who need additional support
    » Evaluate the training to improve for the next cycle of training for new residents.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...recruiting learners throughout the year for an ongoing programme of training to be delivered

    Aim 2

    Recruit volunteers to get involved in producing their own programmes


    » Encourage learners who progress through the training to get involved
    » Develop clear volunteer role descriptions for the different aspects needed from volunteers for the project.
    » Undertake recruitment checks on new volunteers e.g. references and CRB checks
    » Provide ongoing training & support to volunteers.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...numbers of volunteer programmes produced and feedback received from listeners on the programmes.

    Aim 3

    Improve Community Cohesion in Peterborough


    » Through team meetings and events throughout the year to bring active volunteers and learners together.

    What success will look like

    Success will from learners, volunteers and partners about whether they have learned from others involved in the project.

  • Impact


    Volunteers will be trained and given learning opportunities that opens them up to other opportunities. Volunteers will contribute time to the project and then move on from the project to other volunteering, community or employment opportunities.

    Success will be the numbers of volunteers engaged, the hours and programmes contributed by volunteers and volunteer move on from the project into other community activity or employment.


    A major risk is that we do not have an OFCOM license for FM broadcast and rely on internet streaming plus twice yearly RSL license allowing us 28 days of FM broadcast. A permenant FM license would seriously increase our reach to listeners and also help increase volunteer and programming opportunities.

    We regularly contact OFCOM to appeal for a window for the license to be opened for our region and will continue lobying until we receive this license.


    We report to donors through a regular (quarterly) newsletter which is sent via email. This reports on activities of the project and shares successes and challenges we are experiencing. We will also invite donors to open events and to become an active participant of Peterborough FM.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Software upgrade enhancements to current program ability
      £1,000 VolunteerTraining contribution to the budget needed to train
      £1,000 Volunteer Costs costs for transport and lunch for volunteers
      £1,000 Volunteer Event celebration meetings bringing vols together
  • Background


    Peterborough City, Cambridgeshire, East of England Region.


    Peterborough has 60+ nationalities living in a small city area. We have diverse neighbourhoods, which mean we are not one of the most deprived cities, but this is because of the impact of high wealth areas within the city boundaries which distorts the levels of real deprivation. The area where PACO is based is in the 12% most deprived, but income deprivation is in the worst 3% of wards nationally.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    PACO is the delivering the only Community Radio project serving this area and we are the only refugee led Community Radio project in the UK. This makes our work distinct in terms of our abilities to engage many diverse communities (most community radio serves either English speaking or Urdu/Punjabi only speaking communities) whereas we are equipped and excel in engaging all languages, whereby all communities we work with have the opportunity to develop programmes in their own language.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dan Cissokho

    Dan is the Project Manager for the Community Radio project.

    Daniele Fisichella

    Daniele is the Community Involvement Officer for the Community Radio project.

    Darryn Rogers

    Darryn is the Youth Involvement Officer for Community Radio.

    Keely Mills

    Keely is the UK Online Centre ICT Project Manager