Community voice gets louder thanks to new local funding

26 June 2013

Lache FM, a community–run radio station has received investment of almost £20,000 from People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthReward through The Health Lottery.

The funding will enable the programme to develop the skills and confidence of ten local people to become Media Champions that, in turn, will inspire and mobilise networks of community activists.

Chris Sutton, Lache FM Station Manager, said: “We are delighted to have received this funding from People’s Health Trust.  It’s enabling us to support local people to identify and build on their skills and knowledge – and to share them with others – ultimately giving the community an authentic and effective voice.  

“We’ll teach them a whole range of media skills including how to find and develop a story, how to present and edit radio shows, how to organise special events and activities, interviewing and effective listening skills. This is a community programme and the community will shape the content and direction of Lache FM.

“Community radio is a great way to bring people together and engage people.  By developing existing and new skills and relationships, we will help participants to feel more confident – both individually and collectively.”

John Hume, Chief Executive – People’s Health Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support in organisations like Lache Community Development Trust.  Community radio projects can help strengthen local identities and empower local people by giving them a voice in the community.”

So far, over £640,000 has been raised for good causes in Cheshire by HealthReward through The Health Lottery. Other organisations that have already received funding from People’s Health Trust in the county include: Dementia UK, Greenspaces South Cheshire, Scope, The Conservation Volunteers, Carers Trust, Children’s Food Trust and Crew & Nantwich Senior Forum.



Media contacts

For media enquiries about People’s Health Trust, please contact Sarah Nuttall – Communications Manager – 020 7697 4019 / [email protected]

For media enquiries about Lache Community Development Trust, please contact Chris Sutton, Lache FM Station Manager – 01244 677 721 / [email protected]


Notes to editors

HealthReward is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Chester, Halton, Warrington and Cheshire.

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission.

People's Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company supporting the distribution of grants.

Lache FM is a Community radio station based in Lache, Chester. The station is part of local charity Lache Community Development Trust. Its mission is to entertain, inform and engage the communities of Lache and the surrounding area through the power of community radio. It endeavours to engage local people from all parts of the community by providing training to enable people to develop the skills needed to produce and present their own community radio programmes. 

Lache FM will be broadcasting on 107.9 FM 24 hours a day across the city of Chester from the 18th until 23rd July. The broadcast will be choc-full of community news and interviews from local groups and organisations with a special focus on the Rethinking Drinking in Lache Project. On the air will be a broad range of specialist music, talk and entertainment programmes that we hope will appeal to all sections of our community. The live broadcast is also available online at or on your smartphone, tablet or mobile device via the Tunein Radio App.

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