Radio Wanno, the multi award winning community radio station based at HMP Wandsworth is up for a Mind Media Award this Monday 17th November.
The media literacy project which has been providing 10 years of community communication while reducing reoffending via its radio production course, workshop and broadcasts based at Western Europe’s largest prison in HMP Wandsworth. In 2014 the team has won 2 EVCOM Clarion awards and 12 Koestler awards and now is recognised in the Radio Category of the Mind Media Awards.
Doing Time with Eddie Nestor sits alongside BBC Radio 4’s All In The Mind with its 25th Anniversary edition, Outspoken from Radio Verulam, BBC Radio Scotland’s The truth behind bipolar: Brainwaves, and Woman’s Hour: Healthy minds in a mad world from BBC Radio 4.
Doing Time is made by one of the projects participants who has learnt his radio skills while working at the UK’s longest running prison radio station. The programme invites a pillar of society to an interview in which they leave behind a legacy that helps prisoners through their journey to a life of not offending. In this episode BBC London radio presenter Eddie Nestor talks to young men in prison about his experiences of coping with depression, addiction his battle with cancer and how he deals with life’s up and downs.
Kevin Field is the manager of Radio Wanno he said “Eddie’s programme has had a huge impact with our listeners and got them talking. The power of this programme came from Eddie’s willingness to share his innermost feelings and really open up about mental health in what could be considered the perfect environment where men don’t talk.
We reduce reoffending through the radio programmes made by our participants. We are a small project and managed by just three members of staff inside a prison, a small cog in a larger wheel. Yet with all the complexities it is enhartening to be recognised. Our learners make programmes that impact on the prison listener in a positive affirming way, and then to go on to win and be nominated alongside some truly powerful radio programmes, it is inspirational and truly unique”
Winners will be announced at a celebratory event at the BFI, Southbank, London on Monday 17 November which will bring together celebrities, industry professionals and people who have shared their personal experiences through the media.
Paul Farmer Chief Executive of mental health charity Mind said “This year we are looking for programmes, blogs and news reports which challenge myths, misinformation and clichés about mental health, encourage positive debate and tackle stigma and discrimination. It’s important that audiences are able to see people with mental health problems as they are as a whole – rather than just in relation to their diagnosis – and we’re keen to see work that includes the voices of people who have experienced mental health problems.”
Radio Wanno was nominated in 2011 for Mental Health in Prison a 30 minute feature documentary that guided prisoners towards services in HMP Wandsworth and talked through the mental health issues of prisoners and staff.
In 2010 An Interview with Stephen Fry was awarded a special Chairmans Award for a powerful interview in which Stephen talked frankly and openly about mental health and bi-polar whilst also offering sound advice to the prison listener.
Doing Time with Eddie Nestor won an EVCOM Clarion award in September 2014.