“Diversity Radio aims to impact positively on the practice and the structure of services, in order to inspire a culture shift.”
— Nashiru Momori
Diversity Radio & Real Insight Founder
With over a decade of personal challenges and experience, Nash is an advocate for supporting people with complex mental health needs. He realised that taking the message out to the community was important for developing a safe space for people to find themselves, information and like minded and experienced people.
His experience of working with individuals and organisations meant that he knew having the right platform was important. Working with his peers and service providers the idea came about to create a station that could bring together individuals and communities with the aim of increasing education and awareness of mental health in communities so they can better support people who are struggling
After researching the radio space, it became clear that there wasn’t much available to provide audio podcasts or live radio focused around education and support for people with an interest in their own and others mental well-being.
Diversity Radio is supported by the organisation Real Insight, which is a group of consultants with lived experience of multiple and complex needs. Their critical understanding of the strategies, support and engagement needed to positively change the lives of those with multiple and complex needs is informed by their personal journeys and intimate experience. With this unique perspective, they developed a strong belief in service-user involvement leading to their aspiration to give people more control over their health and care.
Real Insight’s aim is to make service-user involvement an intrinsic and essential component of service design, decision-making and delivery. With an ambition to use their own lived experience to engage, empower and enable service providers and users to develop a sustainable and meaningful model of service involvement. This thinking underpins the approach taken by Diversity Radio.
The station is intended to place individual voices and communities at the heart of things, starting from a position of acceptance. Whatever their background, challenges, needs or interests there should be space for them here. People in secure and forensic services, inpatient settings, prisons, won’t feel cut out and will be able to join in and be part of a community without barriers. Families, friends, supporters of individuals with mental health needs who might have struggled to find the information or network they need to help the people they care about will gain the network and insight they need. People interested in how to keep themselves well and have a safe space in tough times can listen or contribute.
This platform is intended to take support out to individuals and communities, offering a flexible and accessible solution that people can listen to at home, on their phones, through web access and in community groups or secure services. Budget cuts have meant that the traditional community meeting places, community centres, service user groups and charities aren’t available
The name Diversity Radio came from a desire to embrace difference, to begin from a place of acceptance and to offer a community for a diverse range of individuals without barriers.
Bringing the idea into reality has been down to Andy. He created the recording studio space, digital setup and has been instrumental in the direction of the station. The support of the project has been down to Sade, an important member of the Diversity Radio team.
Funding and support came from NSUN, Real Insight and Lankelly Chase who have all believed in both Nash and the station since the start. Diversity Radio wouldn’t have been created without them.
Do you have questions or comments about our programming? Do you have an idea for a story or style that we should include? Send us a message, and we will get back to you soon.
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