Young podcasters Stanley and Shaan Singh from Hull have received funding from the Unity in Community Bursary Fund, to help produce and promote Reading with Stanley.
The siblings started their show during lockdown to entertain and encourage others to read. On weekly episodes, Stanley Singh reads children’s books and shares inspirational quotes to help his growing audience to feel more confident about themselves.
The Unity Bursary has been used for some podcast equipment and promotional materials.
Vikki Singh, Stanley and Shaan’s mother explains:
“I had only called in to Unity in Community on Endike Lane to do some printing, but we came out with a successful application to their bursary fund.
“I got chatting to the team at Unity about my children’s podcast, Reading with Stanley and they suggested I apply to the bursary, which is available to support local people who are in training or developing projects.
“Stanley and Shaan make a great team. He reads the stories and Shaan takes care of the video production and editing. They really enjoy spending time together doing this.
“As an extra surprise, through their networks, Unity were also kind enough to put us in touch with a local business who provided a free editing workshop during half term. This was totally unexpected and such a treat as Sam Cawley from Blink Video taught Shaan some tricks of the trade.”
Stanley says: “We are getting quite popular on social media with regulars tuning-in for my favourite stories. Authors from all around the world have started sending their books for me to share too.
“I am also a huge fan of Marcus Rashford, so as well as reading children’s stories, I like to record quotes from his book to help young people be the best that they can be.”
The Bursary Fund has been set up to support HU6 residents in training and education.
Liam Woods, Project Manager from Unity explains:
“We are thrilled to be able to support Reading with Stanley – precisely the kind of local activity the bursary is intended for.
“Anyone living in HU6 in need of funding for a course or project, may be eligible for one of our Bursary or Project funds.
“The maximum award to an individual is £250 in any one year and £500 in a five year period. Grants of up to £100 are also available for some other types of courses.
“An award can be made for a course of academic or vocational training. These courses can be part time or full time that lead towards a nationally recognised qualification such as a GCSE course, OCR, City and Guilds, ECDL and more.
“Bursaries can be used to cover costs including; course fees, childcare, books, tools or travelling to participate in a course.
“In the event that funds become oversubscribed, priority will be given to people who are not in paid work, have no formal qualifications, or who have been out of formal education or training for over five years.”
For more information, please call 01482 852292 or pop in to Unity in Community at 501 Endike Lane, Hull, HU6 8AQ.