Interview With Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kent
Written by Sheppey FM on 08/03/2019
Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Paul Auston, paid an official visit to Sheppey FM Community Radio Station today. He was shown around the radio station by Julie Nicholls, Project Manager, and met some of the station’s volunteers. He learned about the station’s work with disadvantaged local people, the young people’s Radio Club and Arts Awards work, the support given to community events by the Sheppey FM Roadshows, as well as the growing collection of National and local awards and achievements. Mr Auston was greatly impressed and went on-air to say so. He also gave Sheppey FM the scoop on a new ‘Kent Volunteer’ Website which will be announced on Wednesday 13th March on the KM Group. The website creates a virtual “handshake” for people looking to volunteer as well as bringing together charities and volunteer organisations across Kent. It will enable charities and organisations to showcase what sort of volunteers and skills they are looking for whilst sign posting potential volunteers who register on the site to suitable roles.The Deputy Lord Lieutenant spoke of his role and function and his particular responsibility for looking after Swale in particular as well as the rest of Kent. This includes looking after The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise & Volunteer Services. He explained these awards as akin to an MBE for charities, business and organisations. Previously, Mr Auston had been the Chair of Demelza House for 7 years, as well as the Patron of Porchlight, the charity for homeless people, which he feels passionate about.
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