In late 2019, Ace Office was delighted to be able to offer Hope FM a new home utilising some excess office space in our premises in Bournemouth. Work to create a new on-air studio commenced in December ready for broadcasting from it’s new home in January 2020.
Hope FM was first established as a YMCA Bournemouth project in 1993. From 1993 to 2005 the station broadcast for just two 28-day periods each year.
In 2005 the station was awarded a Community Radio Licence – a new tier of broadcasting introduced by the government.
Since 2007 Hope FM has been giving a voice to the community, over 9000 voices in fact – it’s been 12 years of sharing, storytelling, testimonies, life changing experiences, and a whole lot of great music too.
Hope FM has provided broadcast training to over 100 volunteers and given young people and students a place to learn about radio, getting them involved in some of the fun and exciting work including on-air experience.
An Independent Charity
From the outset the station was a project of YMCA Bournemouth and was established as an independent charity in 2015 when The Voice Of Hope Radio was born.
Giving a voice to people of all ages and developing partnerships with the object of promoting the varied excellent work undertaken by other charitable and statutory organisations is central to Hope FM's work
After 12 years at YMCA Bournemouth, Hope FM needed a new home to enable YMCA Bournemouth to redevelop the space occupied by the studios for use as residential accommodation for their vulnerable clients.
In late 2019, Ace Office was delighted to be able to offer Hope FM a new home utilising some excess office space in our premises in Bournemouth. Ace feel privileged to be able to support Hope FM in this way to enable them to continue their work of promoting services to the most vulnerable in our community.
Work to create a new on-air studio commenced in December ready for broadcasting from it’s new home in January 2020.
The station operates from a broad Christian ethos whilst actively seeking to involve those of other faiths and none. It broadcasts to the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch areas via FM and to the rest of the world through the internet.
Under the terms of the broadcast licence, Hope FM is required to promote social gain and this is largely achieved by giving a voice to people at all levels of community life, recruiting and training volunteers and contributors in communication and broadcast skills and supporting charitable work of various kinds.
Hope FM works with many organisations including Local Churches, The Dorset Race Equality Council, Bournemouth and Poole Citizens Advice Bureau, The Lewis Manning Hospice, Age Concern, Prama and Michel House Homeless Hostel by enabling the promotion of their ongoing activities, raising their profile and helping them to recruit volunteers and participants.
The station broadcasts 24 hours a day 365 days each year and is completely staffed by a team of committed volunteers supported by a part time Operations Manager and the stations Founder/President Blair Crawford, the former Chief Executive of YMCA Bournemouth. In retirement Blair now volunteers his services to the station.
Interviewed over 9500 people on air
Enabled many local community organisations to promote their work
Recruited and trained 50 volunteers who jointly assist in the station’s operation
Hosted 200 Bournemouth University Media & Journalism students on work placement
Provided work experience for over 100 school children
Trained 116 people in presentation and production skills
Undertook 90 outside broadcasts at various local community events