Radio joins the Fightback

A COMMUNITY radio show in Ipswich is today helping people fight back against the doom and gloom of the recession.ICR, based at the CSV Media Clubhouse in Princes Street, is featuring a series of programmes over the next few weeks, which aim to help unemployed people find a job again.

A COMMUNITY radio show in Ipswich is today helping people fight back against the doom and gloom of the recession.

ICR, based at the CSV Media Clubhouse in Princes Street, is featuring a series of programmes over the next few weeks, which aim to help unemployed people find a job again.

The series ties in with The Evening Star's Fightback Campaign, which supports local businesses that are struggling in the current economic climate.

Every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 3pm, the programme, Working Lives, will feature experts from the private and public sector who will be giving advice to members of the public.

The original idea of the show was to get a variety of people on to talk about their jobs but with the poor economic situation, its presenter Nick Boulter came up with the idea of focusing it on getting people back into work.

Mr Boulter said: “We are now adapting the show to suit the economic environment. There is more information about the support out there for people who have been out of work for some time or have been made redundant.

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“We have been involving people who have got initiatives or training programmes that they want to tell everyone about.

“It is very much responsive to the needs of the community.”

Among the talks in the forthcoming weeks will be learning opportunities at Suffolk New College and a feature on tourism. There will also be a special programme on redundancy, which will be aimed at advising people on what to do next.

There will also be a chance for people to ring or text the presenters, and get personal feedback from the guests on the show.

Nick Greenland, station co-ordinator, said: “This is one expression of a theme that runs through the whole station. We are not just here to play music to people. We are here as a social broadcast to give information and inform people about their lives.”

All the information from the show is then put onto the website (www.icrfm.co.uk) to allow people to make a note of it.

ICR(105.7 FM) involves more than 100 volunteers across its many programmes, providing 24-hour coverage.

Have you got a Fightback story? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.