Club Soda Croydon nominated to win Grassroots Giving award

By - Wednesday 24th September, 2014

A Croydon-based disability arts organisation has been shortlisted for a £500 award for a radio project to help fund production of their show on Croydon radio.  

Joe Bowen of Club Soda.
Photo used with permission.

Release begins: An arts and events organisation led by people with learning disabilities needs votes from the public after being nominated to win a £500 award to help fund production of their show on Croydon Radio.

 The ‘Grassroots Giving’ grant is being offered by Skipton Building Society. However, Club Soda is up against 20 other shortlisted organisations from across London.

The voting process is quick and easy and the website is open until 15 October at:

 If successful, Club Soda will put the funding towards production of their radio project, Soda Stream.

 The show is broadcast on Croydon Radio and gives a platform for artists with learning disabilities to express themselves and talk about their work. It was originally inspired by Club Soda’s group of media enthusiasts, Bubble Theory Media, members of whom research and present the show each month.

Club Soda has big plans for Soda Stream, one of which is to regularly involve younger people with learning disabilities in its production. In March this year, Soda Stream was presented by 15 students from Bensham Manor, a school for students with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder). Over the course of seven workshops Club Soda developed the young people’s skills in broadcasting. The project taught techniques such as recording, interviewing, editing, and presenting.

 If Club Soda is successful in winning a Grassroots grant they are planning to be able to deliver another similar project later in the year as well as extending their work to offer vocational training and learning opportunities to young people with learning disabilities aged 16-18. This is the transitional phase of their lives, and the aim is to encourage and empower young people on the verge of adulthood by helping them gain multi-media and technical skills to help them find work or complement their other interests.

 These skills will give an important head start as they enter the competitive jobs market and begin looking for work or for further training and qualifications.

“Engaging young people in the creation of the show helps us to engage with a younger audience, and gives young people with learning disabilities a platform to make their voices heard. The benefit of the project we ran with Bensham Manor reached far beyond the classroom, engaging with the wider community in Croydon and beyond.” Caroline Dodd, member of Club Soda and regular presenter of Soda Stream.

 Click here for more information about Soda Stream Radio, Club Soda and Club Soda on Twitter.

Release ends.

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