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Issue:- 24 October 2013


A group of people, supported by North West charity Alternative Futures Group (AFG), are going live with their own radio show on a station dedicated to the disability sector. The new monthly show is on, an inclusive online radio station, broadcasting from Media City in Salford, which features presenters and artists with a learning disability.  AFG supports people from across Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester and seven people, who sit on the Service Users Representative Forum (SURF), have been given the opportunity with their first live show broadcast earlier this month.

Nancy McFarland, SURF Chairman at AFG said:- "The opportunity to have our own radio show on gives the people AFG supports a way to positively express themselves, whilst developing in confidence and also increasing our communication skills. I really enjoyed presenting the first show and letting people know how AFG has supported me to live independently. We also discussed the recent World Mental Health Day as well as playing some of my all-time favourite songs and some special requests."

Carol Toner, Community Service Director at AFG said:- "This is a very exciting opportunity which the people we support have warmly embraced. AFG is privileged to support some fabulous people and we believe this platform will allow them to showcase their creativity and the fantastic work they do in the community.  Every year, Alternative Futures Group enables more than 900 people with learning disabilities and mental health needs to be successfully supported to build a life for themselves. In 2013 we are celebrating 21 years of putting people at the heart of everything we do and this is another example of how we help people take control of their lives."

Samina Taj, Project Lead from Alternative Futures Group said:- "Hosting a radio show on is a great opportunity for the people we support to build skills. With 35,000 people tuning in every month it also helps to combat and challenge stigma."

The next 'SURFing the Airwaves' show is on 11 November 2013, from 11am on  More information can be found by visiting or by visiting our Facebook page, 'AFG Support'. You can also follow us on Twitter @AFGSupport.

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