We set up East Leeds FM in 2003 as a continuation of our ongoing work in East Leeds. Initially it served several purposes:
Since 2003, over 6000 people have taken part in an ELFM broadcast (all of them volunteers and aged between 3 and 87 years old). In 2010 the station had over 28,000 listeners. As our digital home gets stronger, we aim to develop a physical base at Seacroft Methodist Chapel: what would be the first-ever dedicated arts venue in East Leeds.
We have worked with a very broad range of partners across many sectors. We started with education and certainly that partnership is still very strong. We have worked in more-or-less every school in East Leeds and have developed very strong links with our "Writing for the Radio" programme of work. We now run our own Next Generation programme for young people, developing skills in music, writing, broadcasting and journalism.
Over the years ELFM has had many many sources of funding - some 26 different ones at our last count. One thing that did make a real impact was when the Tudor Trust agreed a 3-year core funding programme to allow us to further develop ELFM and look at setting up a sister rural station (Two Valleys Radio).
Into the chapel...