Inspire Radio is the brain child of Mental Health First Aid instructor, Trys Reddick at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. The Mental Health training he was doing had to stop immediately due to the lockdowns and amid uncertainty about the timing of businesses opening up again. Also at that time, there was widespread Anxiety and many people were sharing misinformation around the Corona Virus. Trys wanted a platform which could be used to share evidence based and positive life affirming Health and Wellness information and so Inspire Radio was born.
Using the funds from “Passionate Lives” – his MHFA business, he set up Inspire Radio, moving to the new studios in Rockingham in June 2020 and broadcasting from the new studios in July. Since then, Inspire Radio has seen rapid growth with now over 40 passionate volunteers who have found a safe space where they can be themselves. In it’s short life so far, Inspire has seen people’s lives changed, people’s confidence growing and people who have spent many years unemployed, being able to build skills and securing long term sustainable employment.
Inspire Radio isn’t just a radio station though. With a new community arm, Inspire aims to give something back in the way of a variety of programming, targeting disadvantaged community members including basic computer training for the over 55’s, Youth programming workshops for residents of the City of Rockingham and a weekend based Foodbank. Inspire also hosts over 40 volunteers, many of whom have been long term unemployed and offers an exciting and dynamic workplace with which to learn new skills.
Inspire is also developing a TV wing of the station that will showcase local musicians in a weekly magazine style show and a place for people with Disabilities to learn new skills and make new friends.
Owen, Gabby and Trys meet with Fred Mafrica from 6PR to talk about Inspire Radio
Inspire Crew Shivana, Gabby, Rea, April, Sonny and Joel enjoy a break at Cockburn Gateway Shopping centre (above)
Rob DJ’ing at the Peel Manor House (right)
Owen and Gabby talk to Neesha and Fred Mafrica on WA’s own show The Couch about their involvement in Inspire Radio from 34 min 55 (below)