Future Fires 2014
Jemma Tanswell and Rachel Roger (Reform Radio)
Jemma and Rachel are directors of Reform Radio Community Interest Company. Reform Radio aims to begin a movement that empowers young individuals and inspires communities to interact and grow positively with the help of digital media.
Through Future Fires they aim to develop Harry, a new radio sitcom, the first episode of which was created by members of their pilot project. The series will follow the trials and tribulations of Harry, a young man trying to find work in the current economic climate.
They believe Harry will be a fun, engaging and easily accessible way to truly listen to the real stories of young, unemployed Manchester.
They want to work with communities across Greater Manchester who face similar issues. Each community will write an episode through a structured, creative process in order to truthfully inform Harry's experiences and decisions as an unemployed young person in Greater Manchester.
Harry will be delivered in parntership with The Men's Room, Jump, The Booth Centre and Job Centre Plus. The project has been funded by Arts Council England.
Reform Radio aim to create and share a respected, digital, public platform and accurately reflect the interests and opinions of young Manchester and encourage others to listen.
Check out Reform Radio online at reformradio.co.uk
Contact’s Future Fires programme, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, supports young emerging artists to plan and deliver their own community arts outreach projects in Greater Manchester through a tailored programme of training, mentoring and support.