EASTBOURNE Education Business Partnership is looking ahead to the 20th anniversary broadcast of Eastbourne Youth Radio (EYR), subject to COVID-19 conditions.

It will be from studios at East Sussex College between 18th and 20th November.

There will be a special focus on Anti-Bullying Week and the associated topical issues around mental health and wellbeing.

Students aged 5-19 from schools and other youth groups will deliver programmes locally on 87.7FM and via streaming on www.eyr.org.uk.

These will include interviews, live performance work, chart music, competitions and special features.

The EYR team was delighted to receive a funding boost of £2000 from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund.

Commending Eastbourne EBP on its successful bid, Mrs Bourne said, that “EYR is a great example of an innovative local project that aims to make our communities safer”.

Over 35 business and community organisations will take an active role as programme sponsors.

The lead sponsor for 2020 is Brewers Decorator Centre’s with others including; Southern Water, Let’s Do Business, Haine & Son, W Bruford GoPlasticPallets.com and Switchplane. A huge thank you to all involved.

‘Brewers Decorator Centre’s are delighted to once again support Eastbourne Youth Radio, a very worthwhile project in our heartland of Eastbourne. We’ve seen first-hand the wonderful opportunities the project offers the students; developing organisational, technical and creative skills and giving the opportunity to delve deeper in topics that directly affect them and their future. We’re very excited to get involved and hear what the young people of Eastbourne have to say!’ Alison Brewer, Director, Brewers Decorator Centres.

Faiza Shafeek, Chair of Eastbourne EBP, writes, “The partnership between education and the business community is often characterised by good intentions on both sides but a lack of tangible outcomes. EYR is a striking example of a project which provides the medium for achieving mutually beneficial outcomes. This is recognised by several awards but more significantly by the enthusiasm and the learning generated by the collaboration of students, teachers and business leaders.”

Anyone missing their favourite programme will be able to ‘listen back’ via the website at www.eyr.org.uk the week following broadcasting.

· Eastbourne Education Business Partnership launched in 1985 and continues as an independent organisation (with charitable status) that provides work-related learning support to schools and colleges supported by Eastbourne Borough Council, Chamber of Commerce and dozens of community partners.

Activities include Youth Radio, The BIG Futures Show, Engineering Club, In-Bloom, Enterprise and Young Chef challenges

· Eastbourne Youth Radio began in November 2001 as part an initiative to engage young people in community issues. Using the medium of radio has created significant opportunities for thousands of students to create, produce and present material to a local audience – and worldwide via the internet. See also www.eyr.org.uk

· Anti-Bullying Week (16-20 November) will draw attention to the many issues around bullying that often start in the playground and more recently on-line and then continue on into the work place and wider community. See www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk and also www.bullying.co.uk