After 7 years doing what we're doing, we've built up tens of thousands of listeners, followers and supporters, right across East London.
We want to continue through this time and grow beyond it.
We have a wonderful team of volunteers, of all ages and backgrounds.
People for whom we've not only given a voice, but boosted their confidence, given them new skills, and helped their wellbeing and career opportunities.
Understandably, we've had to close our studio now, but want to continue on a remote basis, by lending volunteers equipment, so they can still contribute radio content from their own safe home environments.
We have, sadly, lost some advertising income, and so want to offer businesses the chance to pay forward (into 2021 if necessary) for their expected advertising and promotional needs as they equally relaunch and we move back towards normality.
This will ensure we're able to cover our studio, insurance, licensing and other costs over the coming months, whilst still making important speech radio, really engaging our local communities.
We've never had surplus funds to offer our volunteers travel expenses, but can see this will be far more important in future, and it will help us attract and retain a wider representative group of people.
If you've ever followed, listened, volunteered for us, and/or appreciated the benefit of East London Radio since we started in 2013, or can see the value of a really strong radio station in our uncertain future, please spare what you can afford now.
We give examples of Business advertising and promotion to suit small business budgets, but are happy to make bespoke promotion packages to fit your PR needs, which could include on air as well as via our popular social media platforms. From radio adverts to live interviews to show sponsorship, we can advise what would work for you.
These rewards are the lowest cost promotions you'll be able to get from ELR in 2020 and 2021, so you can benefit from paying it forward.
Some of the businesses who have used ELR for promotion before, include -
Arapina Bakery - Aromas Restaurant - B & Q - Cameo Productions - Cancer Research UK - Essex & Suffolk Water - Gardners Bags - Home Tiles - LB Redbridge - Love East magazine - Metropolitan Housing Trust - No.8 Forest Gate - Oven Clean - Picturehouse Cinemas - Real Mist Creations - Save The Children Fund - Skindeep Lifestyles - This Time Next year - University of East London - We Work
Any "pay it forward" promotion can be started straight away, or anytime in the next 9 months.
We are always keen to speak to corporate sponsors about long-term partnerships.
We know many of you treasure having real local media, telling you the news from your neighbourhood, by the people who live here. Not just the often poor picture generally portrayed by mass media of East London being deprived and dangerous. As East Londoners, we know that doesn't reflect the true story.
Your kind support will mean ELR can continue being a true voice for East London through this difficult time for all of us and beyond.
Thank you, East London!