“My visual impairment hasn’t stopped me from becoming a Radio DJ!”

I was born with glaucoma, meaning I only have very little vision and can vaguely make out objects and shapes but can’t see any sort of detail and I’m unable to read print.

Image of Steve sitting at a table with a cup of tea.

Around eight years ago I heard about a project that North Manchester FM were running, it was a 10 week project which supported people with disabilities to have the chance to produce and present their own radio show. It sounded right up my street and I jumped at the chance! 15 people applied for the show and only two of us were selected – myself and my co-host Carol Green – Carol was recovering from a brain injury at the time.

Our initial show was called no limits and was a real success, Carol and I worked really well together and had such a laugh – it was a big learning curve for us both! I was unable to operate the technical equipment because of my limited sight so Carol navigated that side of it and I used my best skill – my talking! The show was such a success that we were asked to stay on as volunteers for the station and keep our own show running once a week. We were thrilled and have been running the show every week ever since – it is now known as ‘The Show With No Name!”.

We’ve had some great people appearing on our show such as the late Bob Hoskins, Richard Sterlin a famour radio DJ and Dr Chris Steele, ITV’s resident doctor! We are planning to keep the show running for as long as we can, I really enjoy it – it’s social and good fun and I get to talk which is my favorite thing to do! It also gives me a sense of pride and achievement. We’re always looking for guest speakers on the show which is community focused and we talk about most things so if you’re interested in being a guest please get in touch!

I’ve been coming to Henshaws for around five years after my sister told me about the resource centre in Manchester at Atherton House. I had previously been attending a group at a day centre in Miles Platting and I was bored of it, the was no variety or day trips.

I threw myself in right at the deep end and joined the Zoomers class on a Monday and Wednesdays. I knew a little about computers but Zoomers gave me a real understanding of using software such as Jaws and becoming confident with a PC, I now use the Word Processing programmes and plan song lists for the radio show myself. Another one my hobbies is that I have a keen interest in the Fire Service and my new skills allow me to keep up to date on their webpage about events and information in my local area.

I still also attend the Wednesday group at Henshaws, it a brilliant social group and we have different themes each week – we have guest speakers who read books and poetry to us and we use it as a general catch up over a tea and a biscuit!

I am proof that physical disabilities aren’t a barrier to achieving what you want in life, just go for it and enjoy yourself!

You can catch Steve and Carol’s show on North Manchester FM on Tuesday afternoons between 12 – 2pm.

If you’re interested in featuring on Steve and Carol’s show please e-mail lou@northmanchester.fm

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Steve
Steve
Steve is a Henshaws service user - he enjoys using his IT skills at the Zoomers Groups and socialising at our Wednesday Group in Manchester. He also volunteers once a week with North Manchester FM where he runs his own radio show.