Erskine Veterans Radio on Paisley FM 107.5

Listeners of Erskine Veterans Radio, from March 1st 2022, can tune into local community radio station Paisley FM 107.5 to hear their favourite music and dedicated Erskine shows.

Building on the success in its previous year of broadcasting, Erskine – Scotland’s largest Veterans charity – is keen to expand on the radio shows core mission of bringing music and joy to veterans in the charity’s four homes, as well as family and friends across the wider Veterans community.

The new partnership will see Erskine news, requests and interviews reach a wider audience, as Paisley FM, the local radio station for Renfrewshire, broadcasts to nearly 400,000 people. Additionally, fans can listen via Amazon Alexa “Alexa, play Paisley FM” on the internet website at  https://www.erskine.org.uk/about-us/radio/      and by downloading Paisley FM’s dedicated google Android and Apple apps from the respective app stores.

An Erskine Veteran, Bill.

Every year, Erskine supports around 1,000 Veterans and their families, many of whom listening to the radio is part of their everyday routine. As well as offering companionship, it’s a great way to feel connected.

Within Erskine, music plays a large part in the day-to-day life of residents. It has been proven to have a transformational effect on people living with dementia, and the power of music is an essential part of caring for many of the Veterans in the charity’s care.

Thanks to Paisley FM, Erskine listeners will have the opportunity to request music from a catalogue of over 85 million songs from Paisley FM’s massive music library, two dedicated Erskine shows weekly, guest interviews and live broadcast shows throughout the year. This new format is aimed at making Veterans feel more connected with the outside world and giving Erskine supporters the chance to tune in and stay up-to-date with the charity’s news.

Presenters of the twice weekly shows, broadcast on Tuesdays at 12 noon and Saturdays at 2.00pm, will be Chris Keen and Graham Turnbull who said: ”We are looking forward to the opportunity to bring the requests of favourite music to Erskine listeners and to keeping everyone up to date on all the great things that are happening at Erskine’s four homes”.

Erskine Deputy Head of Communications Gordon Stevenson said: “Based on the wholly positive feedback from our entry into the world of radio, we realised that we needed to expand our reach of Erskine Veterans Radio onto DAB+ digital radio. Partnering with another local charity Paisley FM 107.5 allows us to do this, while really engaging at a deeper level with the local community and our many supporters – across Renfrewshire and beyond”

Graham Turnbull

Veterans, families of residents and Erskine supporters can send messages and dedications by visiting erskine.org.uk/radio, by emailing erskineradio@paisleyfm.co.uk

or on the Paisley FM mobile app.

You can support Erskine here: https://www.erskine.org.uk/support-our-work/donate/

To find out more about Erskine’s work please visit our website at www.erskine.org.uk, follow on twitter @ErskineCharity via Facebook www.facebook.com/ErskineVeteransCharity or listen to Erskine Veterans Radio at Erskine.org.uk/radio or Paisley 107.5 FM

Erskine is a family. Our strength lies in the very special blend of dedicated care, compassion and understanding we offer to our residents and their families.  When Erskine was founded in 1916, our aim was to care for Service men and women who had been injured in active service. Today, care remains the cornerstone of our philosophy.  We not only care for our Veterans – we care about them.

As Scotland’s foremost provider of care for Veterans and their spouses, Erskine provides unrivalled nursing, residential and dementia care in four homes throughout Scotland in Bishopton, Glasgow and Edinburgh. We also assist younger Veterans who need help to begin the next chapter of their lives, offering social, recreation and training facilities at our Activity Centre and employment opportunities in partnership with Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Co.

On our Veterans Village in Bishopton we have 44 cottages for Veterans and their families as well as five Assisted Living Apartments and 24 Transitional Supported Accommodation Apartments – supporting Veterans of all ages.

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to maintain our commitment to care for Scotland’s Veterans – without donations we simply cannot continue this work.  If and when the time is right, please remember Erskine in your will or visit https://www.erskine.org.uk/legacies to find out more.

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