The Friends of Gravity FM is a separate organisation run by its own trustees on behalf of its own membership. It is not directly a part of Gravity FM, the radio station, which is operated by Gravity FM CIC but it does support aspects of the station's work which fall within its own remit.
The Friends of Gravity FM was established in March 2012 to enable members of the local community to join and support the charitable work carried out by the station. Members are engaged in regular discussions about the work of the station, particularly its work with volunteers, many of whom would be excluded from involvement if it were not for the ongoing support the Friends of Gravity FM provides to allow them to participate. In exchange, this allows the members and trustees of The Friends of Gravity FM to identify ways in which they can support volunteering at the station.
It is also important to note that the Friends of Gravity FM have a wider remit than just supporting Gravity FM. They can support volunteering within wider community media services within the local community providing these are without distinction of political, religious or other opinions. As such, they are able to support the Gravity Youth Project in all its community activities including those where the young people involved volunteer at other events and for other organisations. The Friends of Gravity FM also support community media activities in other groups including local schools, adult day care centres and wider community groups.
The Board of Directors of Gravity FM CIC are fully supportive of this work and routinely make equipment and facilities available to The Friends of Gravity FM free of charge to ensure they can carry this out. They also try to ensure material produced through these projects is aired to as wider audience as possible both by including it in FM broadcasts but also by promoting it online through their website and social media channels. The Friends of Gravity FM is also permitted to use the Gravity FM trademark under licence from Gravity FM CIC.
The Friends of Gravity FM can only fund activities that fall within its charitable objects. These are activities that "promote active participation on a voluntary basis by people of all ages in their community and society as a whole for the public benefit".
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The Friends of Gravity FM is committed to promoting best practice in volunteering. We share the Volunteering England definition of volunteering below:
"Volunteering is described as an unpaid activity where someone gives their time to help an organisation or an individual who they are not related to."
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