We look forward to hearing
from you! (Unfortunately
we cannot offer short, work experience placements at the current
What’s involved in being a volunteer in hospital broadcasting?
We provide a special service to hospital
patients, and only a small part is about presenting programmes!
Keeping the station running takes a lot of work, and most stations
expect volunteers to help with a range of jobs including, ward
visiting and request collecting, fundraising activities, keeping
the studio clean, as well as operating the studio equipment and
What skills do I need?
You should be able to communicate well.
It helps if you are outgoing and enjoy
meeting people, especially for collecting requests on the wards
or fundraising for
Sunshine Hospital Radio.
You don’t need expert knowledge of music, nor any technical
expertise. The most
important skills you can contribute are a willingness to learn,
be part of a team and
be able to make a regular commitment.
Do I have to go on air?
Most members want to be involved in programmes,
but you won’t be forced to speak
on air if you don’t want to.
You’ll be equally welcome if you just want to visit the
wards, chat to the patients and collect requests.
How much time will I have to give?
Youíll be expected to make a regular
commitment, one evening a week from 7.00 pm to 9.00pm if youíre
involved with a programme. Presenting a show doesnít just mean
turning up at the studio and going on air, it means visiting the
wards to collect requests, finding the records in the library,
doing the programme, and putting everything away afterwards.
There is a twelve week probation period for all new members which
helps Sunshine Hospital Radio colleagues get to know new members
and vice versa. There may also be fundraising events or outside
broadcasts, and because stations are run by volunteers, most extra
activities happen in the evenings or at weekends.
Is there an age limit?
Sunshine Hospital Radio requires that
members are 16 and over.
Do you offer Work Experience?
No. Sorry. Sunshine Hospital Radio cannot
offer Work Experience.
What will it cost?
The annual membership fee at Sunshine
Hospital Radio is currently £12 a year.
Youíll have to pay for your own travel to get to the studio and
events, but you will be provided with an ID card for ward visiting
and fundraising if accepted as a full member after the twelve
What training is there?
It varies, but you will first visit the
wards with a more experienced member and get used to chatting
to patients, you will also get an introduction to presenting and
operation of the technical equipment.
Will hospital broadcasting help my career?
Any voluntary work can be put on your
CV (and that applies to any job, not just the media). This experience
can also be included in a UCAS personal statement. However, itís
all good experience - many professional broadcasters started in
hospital stations and weíll be happy to share our skills with
you as long as you support a range of station activities.
How do I find Sunshine Hospital Radio?
The Sunshine Hospital Radio studios
are on the ground floor Weston General Hospital, Grange Road,
Uphill, Weston super Mare, Somerset BS23 4TQ.
The studio phone number is 01934 619252. A small map and our email
address is available on the contact page of our website.
I phoned/emailed Sunshine Hospital Radio Ė but Iím still waiting for a
As at most stations, membership inquiries are dealt with by one person
If you ring 01934 619252 during the day you'll probably get the answering machine
and be asked to leave a message. Please make sure you leave a daytime and an
evening contact number.
1974, I spent over eight weeks in hospital at Stanmore where I had
an operation. It was the hospital radio which kept me going during
that long stay. I used to love the Sunday Bingo sessions and when
I came out of plaster after six weeks and started to learn to walk
again the rest of the ward had 'These boots are made for walkin'
by Nancy Sinatra played for me!
a result of my experience in Stanmore I became involved with Sunshine
Hospital Radio in Weston-super-Mare. I've enjoyed all aspects of
volunteering, from meeting patients and presenting shows to joining
the Committee and becoming Chairman."
always had big dreams about working in the media, so I thought volunteering
at Hospital Radio would be a “good thing to put on my
CV”. However, I was unaware that it would soon become
one of my favourite things to do!
love visiting the patients for their requests. It’s nice to
know that some are expecting to see you, and looking forward to
making a request. Sometimes you can brighten someone’s day
who may not have had a visitor that day. We may only be playing
a 4 minute song, but it's so rewarding to know that by doing so,
you’ve made someone’s stay in hospital that little bit
I have gained experience that may help with my future career, I
have also gained a whole range of other experiences… some
that I never thought I would gain through volunteering. Joining
Sunshine Radio is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made."