The Sunnybank Trust recap their lockdown radio success

In Conversation with Dave Smith

Radio presenter, Claire Dawson and the Chief Executive of The Sunnybank Trust, Dorothy Watson shared their whirlwind story of creating the Sunny Sessions Radio Show in order to overcome the challenges of connecting people during lockdown. The opportunities that have transpired from this pioneering show have been far reaching.

The beginning

In March 2020 we launched the first Sunny Sessions radio show produced and presented by The Sunnybank Trust. Our aim was to help reduce isolation during lockdown and to communicate important issues to our local learning disability community. We hoped to keep people connected and uplifted while ensuring that all important Government guidelines were communicated in a way that was easy for our listeners to understand and access.

Several months and many shows down the line, we have built up quite the following. The show has continued to grow each week and we have received lots of positive feedback from our listeners.  Partners and friends of the charity are now even submitting their own features for the show including quizzes, interviews and song requests.

The opportunities

In the interview we were delighted to announce that the Sunny Sessions radio show has been funded for 12 months thanks to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund) for recognising the great work of the team and the benefits the show brings to the community. Congratulations to everybody involved!

This has now allowed the creation of a Radio Officer role  If you are interested in being part of the twice weekly Sunny Sessions show, The Sunnybank Trust are recruiting. Click here for more information.


Listen to the interview here for an overview of the work of The Sunnybank Trust, how radio has worked for their charity and details of this exciting job!