When, at the age of 75, Margaret saw a poster in her local library advertising a project to learn basic radio broadcasting skills, she jumped at the chance to try something new. Margaret started with ‘First Steps in Radio’ run by Diversity in Barrier-Breaking Communications (DBBC), which whetted her appetite to learn more. This led to a level 2 course accredited by Ascentis/Lancaster University, ‘Media Techniques in Radio’, which she passed with flying colours. As a result, Margaret got involved with community radio station 96.5 Bolton FM, where she now hosts her own weekly show, with thousands of listeners. Wanting to ‘drive the desk’ at the radio station, Margaret has begun another course, Advanced Radio Presentation Skills using Myriad, to enable her to do just that.
Margaret uses her learning experiences to inspire older people to take up learning by giving public presentations. “To say that my life has changed is an understatement!” said Margaret. “At 75, who’d have thought I’d be entering a new career? A career that is vibrant, fun and gives me a buzz,” she enthused.