Have a go on the radio with Down Not Out News Agency

Down Not Out News Agency in Leicester continues the development of its raDNO show with live ‘on air’ ‘Confidence Through Broadcasting’ training over the internet on Panj Pani Radio today between 12 pm and 4 pm.

Between 3 – 4 pm it is the raDNO ‘Have a go on the raDNO” show in which anybody wishing to get involved in presenting their own radio show gets a chance to develop it. In the chair today will be DNO sub editor, CraigyD, who will be hosting a look at the news along with fellow sub editor, Ken Duddle, who will also be sharing some of his poetry. There will also be contributions from others in the DNO team.

Down Not Out is a news agency run by people with experience of homelessness or vulnerable housing. Funded by the Big Lottery it was formed from a partnership between local charity, Action Homeless, and Citizens’ Eye Community News Agency.

Between 12-1 pm today on raDNO Guardian Professional contributor, James McLean of Leicester Homelessness Council and ‘Homeless Not Worthless’ campaign will be presenting the raDNO news show. This week the show will be speaking to Gareth who had been sleeping rough in a derelict factory and his experience of presenting as being homeless to to Housing Options at Leicester City Council. To complement this the show be considering a report by Centrepoint about single homeless people’s experiences of resettlement. The show will also look at other local and national stories relevant to homeless and vulnerable housing as well as issues that are likely to see a rise in homelessness as the year progresses.

In his ‘Moggy Mobile’ show today between 1 and 2 pm disability rights campaigner and raDNO presenter Andy Morris will be speaking with some of the raDNO team about the roll out of Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) for disabled people in Leicester along with reports in the press including an article titled ‘ Bedroom Tax is Devastating for Disabled People’ and Dr Greg Wood’s experience of whistleblowing on the Atos fitness-for-work test. Andy will also be reporting about wheelchair access to musical venues across Leicester. Joining the conversation at 1.30 will be Andy’s guest this week, Councillor Wayne Naylor, of Braunstone Ward.

Between 2-3 pm Mark Clark of ‘Inside ‘n’ Out CIC will continue the development of his show looking at issues around the criminal justice system. This week Mark and the team will be looking at the effect of welfare benefit changes on young people leaving care. There will also be a look at ’10 things you didn’t know about universal credit’ and Mark will also be talking about his ‘How to create a community magazine’ workshop at the Community Media Training School hosted by Citizens’ Eye Community News Agency at BBC Radio Leicester on Tuesday August 13.

Simon Parker, Down Not Out News Agency coordinator said: “I think DNO has made a good start in developing raDNO but there is a lot more to do – especially in getting more people involved. If you are interested just come along – there will be no pressure to speak if you don’t want to – and some of our best contributors started by saying they would never go on air. All we’re looking for is enthusiasm and the ability to drink tea, coffee or another (non-alcoholic) drink of your choice.

Anyone who is interested about getting involved in raDNO can contact:




Simon Parker said: “It’s great that the show will be hosted on Panj Pani Radio as the station is hosted by the NHS Partnership Trust. It allows us to explore the positive, confidence and self-esteem development that broadcasting training can bring and allows us to look at health issues around homelessness.”

You can listen to the raDNO show by visiting:





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