15 November 2013, 04:58
Fez Sayed is your host for the first in a brand new series of London360 – the show that explores the capital's hidden communities, the latest showbiz news and the day-to-day trials and triumphs of normal Londoners!
Choice FM/Capital Xtra
After two decades, south London's black community radio station Choice FM has been rebranded Capital Xtra. Global – the station's owners – say that the station is now bigger than ever, transmitting across the country. But the change divided the black community. Reporter Marvin Williams investigates the impact in south London one month after the upheaval.
London360 pays tribute to the Nordoff Robbins music charity. Therapy comes in many forms and for various purposes. We visited the world's largest music therapy centre in Kentish Town to see how music helps those facing challenges such as autism, dementia and mental health problems and how you can get involved. More information: http://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has been at the heart of London for over 150 years, taking in and finding new homes for abandoned pets. With the number of cats and dogs in need rising, the home is looking for local foster carers to help out. Reporter Iram Sarwar went to the home and hit the red carpet for Battersea's annual 'collars and coats ball' to find out more about how Londoners can foster a four legged friend. More Information: http://www.battersea.org.uk/
Artem SFX Company
When you watch big film and TV special effects, you'd guess that they're produced in Soho or maybe even Hollywood. But would you ever think… Perivale? Artem are a special effects company that make physical effects for the big and small screen. They add to their community legacy throughout the year by putting on fireworks displays and hosting community days. They also visit schools across west London to demonstrate their work and encourage young children to have an interest in special effects so they can enter the special effects industry. Fez Sayed visits the company where he sees gremlins come alive, gets windswept and watches robots in action! More Information: http://www.artem.com/
African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust
Blood cancers affect one in three of us, with many patients requiring a life saving bone marrow transplant. For every person that finds a match, another dies waiting. Reporters Kirsty Morriessey and Marvin Williams investigate what stops people signing up as bone marrow donors and the work that charities are doing to change this. We visit Westfield Stratford to see a blood drive day at the shopping mall, before attending a red carpet event in Leicester Square to see young filmmakers are helping by bringing awareness to the charity too. More Information: http://www.aclt.org/
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For series 5, we're looking for vloggers across London that have something to say about our city. Our weekly vlogstar will have 30 seconds to have their say; in this first show, Khalid Obeirne from North West London vlogs about the negative impact he feels social media is having on Londoners.
The London360 team will be going into BBC Radio London for regular drive time team work placements.
In January, they will be making a weeks worth of local radio mini documentaries for Westside FM in Hanwell in their "The Voice" evening segments about the following themes: Jobs & Training (Mon), Education (Tue), Health & Leisure (Wed), Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour (Thu) and Community Projects and Events (Fri).
The Voice: Weekly Print Column
The weekly Voice Newspaper column will now be changed to a real reporters byline on a story. The first story from the team will be by Danielle Osman and will show how more black community members and females can be encouraged to nominate fellow minority community members for honours.
For information on all the stories you've seen here and more, and to get involved, go to http://www.communitychannel.org/london360 and don't forget – as usual – we have an exciting opportunity for you!
If you're an aspiring journalist or vlogger, London 360 wants to hear from you. We're looking for community journalists and vloggers to report on local stories across the capital. Get in touch at http://www.communitychannel.org/london360 if you'd like to join!
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See you next time!