Volunteers are an essential part of community media – without their dedicated, enthusiastic voluntary teams, your local community radio stations, TV channels and film organisations would not be able to provide their service to you.

Most community radio stations are looking for volunteers to help out with all the things that go into the running of a busy, active local radio station – including programme assistants, journalists, producers, IT support, writers, interviewers and much more. From high-school students looking for work experience to retired people looking to give something back to the community, people from all walks of life get rewarding experiences from community media.

You don’t have to make a big commitment; you can volunteer as little or as much as you’d like. Whether you want to pop in for a few hours once every couple of weeks to produce a specialist feature, or join our busy core team of programme assistants and producers, our door is open to you. No prior experience of radio is required – just a willingness to learn and the enthusiasm to get stuck in!

Past volunteers with community radio stations have gone on to work with major radio companies and organisations like the BBC, Global Radio, Bauer and UKRD. But you don’t have to have ambitions in the media to get involved – all you need is the enthusiasm and drive to do something for your local community, no matter how big or small.

You can find lots of information about getting into radio, including hints and tips, jobs, interviews with radio industry people and blogs, at The Pips website, where you’ll also find discussion forums and the opportunity to network with others.

Where should I go now?

You can find your closest full-time licensed community radio station by consulting the handy map on our website. Just enter your town, city or postcode, and the radius you’d like to search, and the map will display the community radio services local to you. In the coming weeks, we’ll be updating the map to include other organisations–such as online stations, community TV projects and local film-makers.

If there’s nothing close to you, or you’re interested in getting involved somewhere different, a great place to look is the list of upcoming RSL stations on the Ofcom website. Many of these RSLs will be looking for volunteers in all areas to help them put on their short-term broadcasts. If you still cannot find somewhere close enough to your community, please contact the Community Media Association and we can try and put you in touch with people and organisations in your area.

Updated by Bill Best on 20 January 2016.