Full Description

Stirling Community Media are a charity with a big voice!

Based in the centre of Stirling but working throughout the Forth Valley. SCM use volunteer run media to support communities, promote the arts and provide educational opportunities across Central Scotland.

CastleSound is a participatory radio station. It runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and prides itself on providing easily accessed facilities at the heart of the community. It is inclusive and open in encouraging and providing opportunities for learning and development whilst bringing the wider community joy and entertainment. CastleSound welcomes people to come to get involved in broadcasting, whether this is watching presenters in action or taking part in production where possible. Since its launch, CastleSound has involved 60 volunteers within projects, engaging widely with members of the local community, ranging from children in pre-school to 93-year-olds. CastleSound studios are based in the Made in Stirling Centre, an award winning creative and retail space for local artists and crafts people operated by Creative Stirling CIC.

Community involvement is a huge focus for the charity. SCM has gradually extended community involvement in radio production, and is actively engaged with local schools, the University of Stirling, Forth Valley College as well as local businesses and social enterprises. Opportunities for involvement have ranged from DJ workshops, silent discos for the elderly, youth broadcasting and setting up Wallace Radio Station radio station at Wallace High School in Stirling.

The charity’s mission is to work to develop media platforms as a way for communities to express themselves. In particular, to support the development of participatory radio as a tool for social cohesion, community engagement, artistic endeavour and civic development. One of the main aims since the charity’s creation, is to create employability and skills training programmes aimed at supporting young people and older people who are disadvantaged in the labour market in marginalised communities within the Central Belt. The vision of SCM is to enjoy a world where media provides a way to build stronger communities through giving a voice to all sectors of society and through the promotion of the arts.

In the future, SCM want to develop their digital broadcasting capacity, offer opportunities for local people to use podcasts to support their mental health, develop a film and television group, create employment courses and be a voice for young and local artists and performers.

All this activity is growing so fast that we need a Station Manager. It will be great fun, and we will provide full training, but it is a commitment, and we are looking for someone who would see this as their part time, unpaid job. We need someone to co-ordinate our broadcast activity – helping recruit and induct new broadcasters, managing our music database, scheduling shows and making sure that the station runs smoothly. You won’t be alone as we have some fantastically committed volunteers, presenters, supporters and trustees. We are also in a very cool and creative building.

How To Apply

If you are interested in finding out more, or would like to discuss your suitability for the position of Station Manager, then please email Bruce Tait, Chair of Stirling Community Media, on [email protected] and Bruce will get in touch with you for a chat.