You may already have heard of our mental health radio station, Radio Stafford 103!

For this year's Volunteers Week, we spoke to some of our DJs and asked them what they liked about volunteering as a mental health DJ.

I’m DJ Skoop also known as Zander I oversea the running of our Radio Station at Radio Stafford 103 based at The Stafford Centre in Edinburgh which is an organisation for people with mental health issues in the Edinburgh area, I have been a DJ for 20 years and have been a Radio Presenter on Edinburgh’s Castle FM Scotland, back in 2014, I Joined The Stafford Centre in 2015 and became involved in Radio Stafford 103 with presenting 2 shows a week, since then I am involved in the day to day running of the Station and working with our other presenters , I enjoy what I do and enjoy working with other people, Being part of Radio Stafford 103 and The Stafford Centre has greatly boosted my confidence and self esteem. 

I'm Mike, and I joined The Stafford Centre away back in 2007. I was a service user for many years, very rebellious at the start, a handful to many but I got into settling down and thought to myself how I could contribute to the running of our Centre that I could use my skills that I could bring to the table, that moment arose when we mooted an idea of a radio station broadcasting from our Centre, in 2011/12. As a Peer Support Volunteer and self taught DJ I plunged my heart and soul in giving an audience out there a taste of the music I love and interspersing my show with positive messages and a small insight into my personal walk through life, through this my alter ego was born, Lord, Sir DJ Mog and since then I have not looked back. Being a PSV I have been able to train up fellow DJs to be our team at Radio Stafford 103 and with the support of management and staff not only at our 'drop in' Centre but with Support in Mind Scotland as our backers. Volunteering to me is my life, it is not an easy journey its a learning curve and challenging and sometimes I get it right and sometimes I get it wrong, but through the work for the radio I was awarded last year the 'Inspirational Volunteers Award' from our Lord Provost which is still one of my crowning glories, I am not biased, there have been struggles especially with this time of pandemic, but our work continues and I am proud to be part of the volunteering team at The Stafford Centre and beyond!

I'm Ron, and I've been a DJ now for a 8 years. I run the afternoon show on a Monday, Golden Oldies! At present I'm running evening and weekend shows from his home. 

I play 50s and 60s folk and country 70s and 80s rock.

At this time its therapeutic - it gives me something to do and its good for my mental health.  I have been doing this for a while now and as well as radio Stafford 103 I have my own website called scotpub radio and broadcast in the evenings this is also streamed through radio Stafford 103 site.

Follow Radio Stafford 103 on Twitter @radio_stafford and stream them at www.radiostafford103.com!