Community Champions

Octogenarian trains as Swindon radio DJ

Written by Louisa Davison.

Swindon 105.5 OAP traineesAn octogenarian is one of a new breed of DJs, thanks to a grant from a leading Swindon care-at-home provider.

Peter Armstrong, 84, is one of the first of the OAP trainees at Swindon 105.5 community radio. "One is never too late to learn new things," he said. "I'm really looking forward to new challenges."

Swindon 105.5 received £250 from Bluebird Care, one of a raft of grants aimed at helping organisations which support older people. Station manager Shirley Ludford said the money would be used to give older people access to broadcasting.

"I am delighted to receive this grant from Bluebird Care Swindon," she said. "Such a show of support is a great endorsement of our unique service to Swindon. We are a totally inclusive and accessible radio station and this grant is dedicated to a programme giving a voice to older people, with full training in interviewing, recording, editing and broadcasting."

Ben Curtis, Bluebird Care Swindon Managing Director, said it was important to help the local community in which Bluebird Care Swindon and its team of carers work.

"We were particularly pleased to be able to support Swindon 105.5, which is an excellent local radio station and we know is listened to by many of our customers as well as our staff," he said. "It is the sort of organisation which really helps bring communities together, which is very much part of the ethos here at Bluebird Care Swindon."