About Us


South Leeds Community Radio was set up in 2006 by Catherine Mitchell and Al Garthwaite to give local people a voice and encourage people to get together and show the world how much talent and activity there is in the area.

Today the station still has the same principles, but we have evolved somewhat during the last seven years.

With quality community produced programmes, local engagement and involvement and a robust Volunteer Programme we work hard to ensure the work we do is volunteer lead. From using various multimedia techniques, programme suggestions, fundraising ideas and radio production volunteers are involved throughout the whole process.

We know for some people making a radio show may seem daunting, but we feel that everyone has a right to be heard and should have the chance to shape the community. So even if you do fancy putting your voice to a show, there are many other ways you can still join and be active at South Leeds Community Radio.

We train people of all ages and backgrounds in radio production, interview techniques and communication, from beginners to advanced levels. We also have strong connections With South Leeds Life the local blog, so if you fancy writing something about the area we can help support this too.


Within the last 12 months we have worked with partners such as Vera Media, Wellcome Trust, Grants for Arts, Community Grants and Public Health (part of Leeds City Council). The projects have allowed us to fund innovative engagement projects, which members of the local community have been involved

As a direct result of the funded projects :


  • Almost 100 people have completed radio production training
  • More women volunteers have been recruited
  • We have completed 8 storytelling workshops
  • Established a monthly Bookclub
  • Hosted ‘Come Dine with Science’
  • Worked with students The South Leeds Academy
  • Produced ‘My Dad’ a radio drama aimed at promoting Dads to give their babies the best start in life
  • Trained Time to Change – Leeds, in producing a quarterly show that challenges the stigma of mental health


If you want to volunteer at the station, or would like to speak to someone about funding or a commissioned project please email us: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone us on: 0113 2777 453.




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