To promote wellbeing, reduce isolation and advocate digital inclusion by:
- Connecting people through our content; increasing integration and interaction with each other and care staff, thereby helping to build positive and meaningful relationships.
- Offering listeners opportunities to keep learning and a chance to be active; helping to retain dignity and a sense of self, especially for those living with conditions such as dementia.
- Encouraging people to give their time; to create great content that will alleviate the boredom, depression and loneliness sometimes experienced by older people.
- Taking notice; through our content, finding fulfilment in the now by encouraging mindfulness and providing opportunities for joyful and meaningful moments.
WHAT DOES ‘SONDER’ MEAN?
The word Sonder was coined by John Koening in 2012 and roughly means ‘the realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own’.
We found that the meaning perfectly fits our ethos – that everyone has a unique story to tell. The word ‘sonder’ also has meanings in German (special), French (to probe) and Afrikaans (without).
CAN I LISTEN TO SONDER ON A NORMAL RADIO?
Sonder Radio currently only exists as an online internet radio station. We believe that our content should be available to people all over the world and by being online, we can achieve this. You can also listen to us by using apps such as TuneIn and listen back to our shows on Mixcloud.
HOW IS THE CONTENT MADE?
We deliver workshops in radio programme making and are currently working with elders living in the Greater Manchester area to make our shows. Our content is driven by our listeners and we are always open to feedback and ideas. Please contact us here if you would like to get involved, we would love to hear from you!
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY ‘ELDERS’?
We prefer to use the word ‘elder’ as opposed to ‘older people’ as we found it difficult to work out what was meant by the term ‘older people’.
We feel the word ‘elder’ is far more respectful and believe in being guided by and learning from our elders. This reflects our values and ambition for the station.
From The Beginning
Sonder Radio was established in 2015 in response to some
of our founder's own personal experiences of relatives living within care environments and with conditions such as dementia.
Where We Are Now
Sonder Radio is now broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are continuously adding new content so stay tuned.