Chippenham Hospital Radio gets Civic Award

Chippenham Council have announced their Civic Award winners for 2022

All nominations for Civic Awards were received by the Civic Matters Sub Committee which selected the recommended winners and were ratified by the Strategy and Resources Committee.

Chippenham Hospital Radio are excited and thrilled to have been nominated for the award and to be revealed as one of the winners this year. 

The radio station has been operating in the town since the early 1980's and provides great comfort and joy to the patients and staff of the town's hospital but also has a vested interest in the Town with local community information and programming which can be accessed by listening online.

Station Manager, Simon Hyde said "It's such an honour for the radio station to be recognised for all our work not only within the hospital but also the wider community of Chippenham. This is a great accolade which reflects of all the dedication and commitment our volunteer team has put in over the years".

The other winners are:

Splash Wiltshire - Providing free to access youth support for those aged 9 to 16 facing challenges in their lives. Splash originally started in Chippenham but has grown to support young people in other towns in Wiltshire. The friendly team provides 1 to 1 support, coaching, mentoring, and help to develop confidence in the young people they support, which leads to group activities at weekends and school holidays.

Laura Graham May - Laura works tirelessly to support the growth and development of the arts and youth organisations in the Chippenham Area through her own charitable theatre group Rag and Bone arts or her role at the Chippenham Borough Lands Charity. Rag and Bone arts seeks support from national providers to enable low cost to residents of Chippenham, engaging with youth providers or delivering sessions herself.

Rise Trust Mentor Me Volunteers - Started in 2013, the Rise Trust Mentor Me Volunteers provides school mentors to 10 primary schools in Chippenham. The volunteers offer support to children referred to the service via weekly term time sessions, aiming to build a trusting and respectful relationship. A mentoring session is usually an hour in length, consisting of arts and crafts, playing board games, or simply chatting depending on the Mentee’s likes and their age. Mentoring is not counselling, but the mentor can support a child with problem solving and will, if necessary, liaise with the school to increase support the child may need.

Tracey Smith - Tracey started volunteering at weekends for the Rise Trust Contact Centre in 2012. The contact centre is a safe, friendly, and neutral place where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents. It operates two Saturdays every month, all year round. Over nearly 10 years, Tracey has given her time regularly to support contact between children and their non-resident parent. Tracey is very flexible and if the centre is ever short of volunteers, Tracey will always help. Tracey is a listening ear to families, a shoulder to cry on, and a mediator during conflict with the focus on the children.

The Civic Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Civic Sunday on 17 July 2022.