Ujima Radio talks all things Bristol including recovery, diversity and placemaking with First Base

Director of Partnerships, Olaide Oboh joined the breakfast show on Ujima Radio on Friday 18th September to talk all things Bristol and our work in the City.

Ujima Radio CIC (Community Interest Company) is a local Bristol Community radio station supplying you with news, discussion and music.  The radio station also operates as a non-profit Social Enterprise providing support and training for over 150 volunteers each year.

Olaide shared her insight into First Base’s plans to transform the Soapworks development into workspace for medium and large businesses, new homes (including affordable homes) and a vibrant and attractive leisure offer with a new market hall, restaurants, cafes and bars.  She added that the plans have been submitted to Bristol City Council for determination in the coming months.

Ujima prides itself on the celebration of African and Caribbean culture through music and talk; as well as the provision of economic and community development opportunities.  The interviewer asked Olaide how First Base was working to deliver inclusion in Bristol to which Olaide explained that its an areas that she passionately believes in.  She talked about the desire to support the city’s creative and cultural sector with short term as well as long term spaces to create and share their work. An example of this is the activation with Centre of Gravity to showcase the work of Bristol based visual artists.

She explained that as part of the plans for Soapworks, the team have spoken and engaged with the diverse community in Bristol to understand what people want and need; and in response to that, the plans will be people centred – welcoming all ages, experiences and stories.

Listen to the interview here (from 47 minutes)