Welwyn Garden City radio hits the airwaves for people with disabilities

PUBLISHED: 12:06 21 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:06 21 November 2018

(L-R) PA Rachel Braysher, Co-founder Richard Braysher, assistant manager Ted Ross, Presenter David Braysher and studio manager Josh Hornsey at the opening of the No Barriers Radio station in their new premises on Shire Park. Picture: JAMIE HART

(L-R) PA Rachel Braysher, Co-founder Richard Braysher, assistant manager Ted Ross, Presenter David Braysher and studio manager Josh Hornsey at the opening of the No Barriers Radio station in their new premises on Shire Park. Picture: JAMIE HART

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A teenage DJ, a veteran of the airwaves and their team are showing there are no barriers to offering a great radio service for people with disabilities in Welwyn Garden City.

(L-R) Studio manager Josh Hornsey, presenter David Braysher and assistant studio manager Ted Ross at the opening of the No Barriers Radio station in their new premises on Shire Park. Picture: JAMIE HART(L-R) Studio manager Josh Hornsey, presenter David Braysher and assistant studio manager Ted Ross at the opening of the No Barriers Radio station in their new premises on Shire Park. Picture: JAMIE HART

The ribbon has been cut on a brand new radio station operated by and for people with disabilities.

No Barriers Radio has been broadcasting recorded shows for several years from founder David Braysher’s loft, but only recently got the funds to run live from its own studio in Welwyn Garden City.

The founders’ vision is for a platform for people with disabilities to discuss their daily lives and issues that affect them - and to listen to great music.

Founder David Braysher, who has been DJing since 1978, said: “I have a disability myself, and I just feel nothing is being done for disabled people.

The opening of the No Barriers Radio station in their new premises on Shire Park. Picture: JAMIE HARTThe opening of the No Barriers Radio station in their new premises on Shire Park. Picture: JAMIE HART

“This is going to change the lives of disabled people.”

His partner and co-founder Rachel said: “David has been working very very hard for the past three years. He always says, it’s the station against discrimination.”

They’ve brought on board a team of radio fanatics, including 15-year-old station manager Josh Hornsey who cut his teeth learning to DJ from his granddad and getting involved in hospital radio.

He’ll be doing a show at the weekends as well as bringing his technical knowledge to the studio. “I love what I do because I know it helps people,” he said on the No Barriers website.

He told the WHT: “At the moment it’s just an internet station,” adding that you can tune in via the website. “But at some point we hope it’ll go into FM or DAB (digital).”

They’re joined by technicians and DJs presenting sports, news, business and, of course, a wide range of music shows.

David, who has learning difficulties, has found the project personally fulfilling. Rachel said: “There are so many things that disabled people want to do but the opportunities are just not given to them. The doors are closed in their face.”

It couldn’t be more different at No Barriers. David said: “We’ll be looking for people with disabilities to come along as presenters and talk about what it is about society that has prevented them from growing.”

To join the group, call 01895476462.

• Tune in online and check out the full schedule at www.nobarriersradio.com

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