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Volunteer with Switch Radio

If you're interested in volunteering with Switch Radio please complete the following form. You must meet be over 18 to volunteer with Switch Radio. We recieve a significant number of applications for volunteering placements; therefore we prioritise those from local residents. As a result, we would normally expect you to reside in North East Birmingham or the immediate surrounding area.

Switch Radio's aim is to provide an entertaining and informative broadcasting service for local communities. As well as offering a great and varied mix of music, the station's mission is to keep people up to date with local information about their community. Participation in community radio is a great way for people to learn new skills and develop confidence, and by enquiring about volunteering, you've taken the first step towards this.

We have a range of opportunities, so whether you can volunteer on a daily, weekly, monthly, or ad-hoc basis, your time will make a valuable and lasting difference.  We recognise that our volunteers have varying time commitments and we are dedicated to working flexibly with you to enable you to volunteer.

Before you proceed with your application, please note the following:

  • You should be aged 18 or over to volunteer at Switch Radio. We are not able to offer substantial volunteer roles to those under 18
  • The station would normally only be able to offer volunteering opportunities to those who live in the following local authority areas: Birmingham, Solihull

Due to increased demand we regret we may not be able to offer volunteering opportunities to those in Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Coventry and other surrounding areas. If you live in these areas, we would advise you to contact us prior to submitting your application (you can email us here). Because of the high demand for volunteering with Switch Radio we would kindly ask you to be patient whilst we wait for an opportunity to get you involved in something that you have told us you are interested in. We run volunteer inductions roughly every 45 days, and we'll contact you when that happens, so if you have not heard from us with regard your application within 60 days please contact us again by email.

When demand for volunteering is high we will sometimes need to prioritise applications from people who are offering something different, for instance, a radio programme that the station would like to broadcast but which it is not currently doing.

Full name

Home address

Email address

Contact telephone number

Date of Birth

Emergency contact details (please provide details for someone we can contact in an emergency)

Are you currently employed? If so, please tell us where you work and how many hours you work per week. If you're a student, please tell us where you're studying, what you're study and how many hours studying you do per week. This will give us an idea of your availability. If you're not in employment or education, just leave the box blank.

Please tell us about any unspent criminal convictions you have.A declaration of an offence will not necessarily preclude you from volunteering at Switch Radio. Due to the nature of some of our volunteering opportunities a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure may be required for specific projects - we will inform of this at a later date if required. If you do not have any unspent convictions, please leave the box blank.

Please tell us what it is you'd like to do at Switch Radio. It's no problem if you're not sure yet and would like to decide at a later date - just tell us below. If you are particularly interested in anything, then this is the place to include it. Please tell us here of your availability to volunteer (dates/times/etc) if you have not specified this information above.

Please tell us about any experience you have in radio and/or volunteering in general. This will help us to plan out the right training for you and guide your initial time at the station in the right direction. Don't worry if you don't have any experience! Just tell us why you're looking to get involved in radio.

Switch Radio prides itself on being inclusive. Please tell us about any disabilities you may have (or leave blank if you do not have a disability). Giving information about your disabilities does not influence our decision on whether to offer you a volunteering position, but it does help us consider any adaptations we might need to make in order to facilitate your volunteering with us.

Please tell us your ethnicity. This information is not mandatory, but helps us to monitor representative our applications are of the local community.

Please tell us your gender. This information is not mandatory, but helps us to monitor representative our applications are of the local community.

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