THE Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester Bev Hughes caught up with some of the city-region’s young people in the Next Generation Youths (NGY) show hosted by Unity Radio.

Unity Radio is a multicultural youth-focused community radio station, social and digital platform, based in Media City UK. The station also delivers a programme of workshop-based activity that brings together young people who are facing different issues in their lives affecting their emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

Young people who are involved in the ‘I believe’ programme, which is funded by Salford CCG, are spending their time in lockdown by taking part in virtual youth sessions, talking about the issues that are currently affecting them, whilst developing their media skills.

The young people invited the Deputy Mayor on to the show to discuss Greater Manchester’s response to Covid-19, including how young people are being supported.

Speaking to the young people, Bev said: “I’m working closely with the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham who has created a Covid-19 Emergency Committee. The committee meets every week on a Wednesday to make decisions that are then implemented across Greater Manchester.”

The interview focused on the Deputy Mayor’s background in politics, what her current role involves, and the struggles families are facing during the current Coronavirus pandemic amongst a range of other topics.  

One young person involved in the programme said: “I’ve found it really different as I was only just getting used to going to the studio. Everyone’s trying their hardest to get everything done via the internet.

Another participant in the programme said: “Unity Radio is the best out there for the youths – we’re still learning online in the same way we would in the studio.”

You can listen to the full interview on Unity Radio’s website (opens new page).


Article Published: 13/05/2020 10:01 AM