Nicola from Burnley goes live

A young woman with learning disabilities from Burnley is hitting the radio airwaves thanks to, an inclusive online radio station.

Nicola (centre) about to SURF the waves

Nicola (centre) about to SURF the waves

Nicola, who is supported by AFG and sits on the Service Users Representative Forum (SURF) has been given the opportunity to entertain the nation, along with six others supported by AFG.

The new show is broadcast live every month from Media City in Salford and features presenters and artists with a learning disability.

Nicola said: “I really enjoyed presenting the show and letting people know how AFG has supported me to live independently. It was great to be able to talk about the SURF group too. Of course, I also enjoyed playing some of my all-time favourite songs and some special requests.”

Carol Toner, Community Service Director at AFG said: “This is a very exciting opportunity which the people we support have warmly embraced. AFG is privileged to support some fabulous people and we believe this platform will allow them to showcase their creativity and the fantastic work they do in the community.

“In 2013/14 we are celebrating 21 years of putting people at the heart of everything we do and this is another example of how we help people take control of their lives.”

Samina Taj, Project Lead from Alternative Futures Group said: “Hosting a radio show on is a great opportunity for the people we support to build skills. With 35,000 people tuning in every month it also helps to combat and challenge stigma.”

SURFing the Airwaves’ is broadcast at 11.00am on every second Monday of the month on

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