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Award caps year of achievement for Feast radio project team

  • Date: 1 February 2013
  • Area: South West
Jane McFadzean of Wild Woman’s Hour

Jane McFadzean of Wild Woman’s Hour. Credit: Feast

Wild Woman's Hour, a Feast project, has won an award from the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE).

The Wild Woman's Hour is a monthly radio programme made and presented by women taking part in a project set up by the Scary Little Girls theatre company and Radio St Austell Bay to give isolated women a voice and to help them to develop new skills.

Jane McFadzean from the project was awarded the NIACE Outstanding Digital Practitioner by TV astronomer Mark Thompson in a ceremony at the BBC's Salford studios.

Jane is keen to share the credit with the team and her own success is a shining example of what the project has achieved. Before joining the project, Jane had no experience in radio work or journalism but today she presents, makes journalist packages for broadcasting and expertly operates the mixing desk and other digital technology that lies behind radio shows.

As well as the award itself, Jane received £300 in Amazon vouchers which she has donated to the team to buy promotional T-shirts and hoodies.

The women taking part in the project have in common a need to overcome difficult circumstances; some are survivors of domestic abuse, while others have had to cope with lone parenting, unemployment, living in isolated areas or simply feeling undervalued - often because of their age.

Radio St Austell Bay and Scary Little Girls, with help from other specialist technical advisers, journalists and performers, trained and mentored the team, who soon developed all the necessary skills to run the radio programme.

The women have acquired skills and strengths in IT, written and verbal communication, journalism, research, sound editing as well as confidence and self esteem.

Feast is a programme of Cornwall Arts Centre Trust, an Arts Council National portfolio organisation which also receives funding from Cornwall Council. Wild Woman's Hour was also awarded funding through the European Social Fund Community Grants Programme.

The project has also achieved Best Practice status from the European Social Fund - the first 'grassroots', rather than governmental or international, project to receive this honour. In addition, Wild Woman's Hour has been invited to be a nominee in NIACE's upcoming adult education awards.

Wild Woman's Hour's is broadcast on 105.6 FM and online at www.rsab.org from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm on the first Wednesday of each month.

And if you would like to join the team, call Sheila Vanloo, the Station Manager, on 07702 452265 or email info@rsab.org for details.