During the Victorian COVID-19 lockdown of 2020, a radio show pilot was developed by the Gippsland Working Together Group (comprising VALID, the Moe Peer Acton Group, New Wave Self Advocacy, Gippsland Disability Advocacy and Moe Life Skills) and Gippsland FM.
The show became known as Airwaves Access and was aired on International Day of People with Disability on 3rd of December 2020 (with an encore on the 5th of December).
The group was ably supported in the development of the show by VALID’s resident film-maker David Hansen who is also a dab hand at radio production… a big thanks to David for guiding us over the weeks leading up to the broadcast and helping us pull the show together.
The show contains segments that discuss themes of community inclusion, the power of self-advocacy and why friendship matters. It also reached out to other Peer Action Groups across the state (Watsonia/Banuyle, Ballarat and Bellarine) who told us about some of the projects and activities underway in their own local areas.
Towards the end of the show, several members discuss the creation of the COVID Rap, a rap song (and music video) that was created and performed by the Gippsland Working Together Group during lock down.
Airwaves Access finished with the first public airing of COVID Rap which you can also listen to here.