Tom, 26, joined the team at Radio Enham in June 2015. At the beginning of January 2015 Tom took a huge leap and moved out of the family home for the first time to live in his own flat. Tom moved into one of the eight flats in Bradbury Place, our first town-centred housing project purpose-built to suit people who need supportive living. Tom has autism and is happy to have taken the step to living in his own ‘pad’ and is enjoying having even more independence, which he feels is very good. Having moved out it was important that he maintained social links, with this in mind, his Mum suggested he try volunteering for Radio Enham and since joining he hasn’t looked back!
Radio Enham is top of the priority list for Tom and his week is planned around his Wednesday slot. Tom makes his own way to and from the Radio and is independent. Being part of the Radio has helped him to integrate into a like-minded team, in a communal setting, and has helped him to strengthen his communication skills. He’s always found he hasn’t had the confidence to engage in conversation with people, but he has overcome this by being on the radio, gaining in confidence to chat during broadcasts.
Tom is a passionate artist, and being creative is incredibly important to him. He enjoys working on different art projects and writing stories filled with vibrant and vivid characters.
He spends a lot of time thinking about and building upon new ideas to include in the show, he then uses the internet to carry out research. The new studio space and desk of computers has provided a fantastic area to carry out research.
Tom presents weekly and sits in the studio with Adrian and Shaun. Tom is able to help participants with less dexterity in the Studio. Between 9am – 10am the topic of conversation is travel, holidays and places to visit. Tom describes himself as ‘an explorer at heart’ and loves to share his adventures with everyone. Between 10am – 11am Tom present’s a Disney Hour. Tom presents live each week and plays music and clips throughout the show.
I am passionate about Disney and Walt Disney is my inspiration. My favourite top three films are: The Lion King, Bambi and Lilo & Stitch. I prefer the classics, not the new ones. I like to talk about Disney clips and topics that are related to Disney – I want to bring joy and laughter into people’s hearts.
By taking part in Radio Enham I am representing autistic people’s rare gift. I want to let other people who have autism know that they are not alone and they can achieve whatever they want too! Laughter and comedy is part of who I am and the radio is important to carrying this on. If I didn’t have the Radio, my life would be less interesting. I like working with others in the Studio. At first I thought that it would be strange participating in the Radio, but it is great fun.