On 3rd July 2020, POhWER launched a new podcast series, “Voices Heard, Lives Empowered”, to support our work with vulnerable people. As part of the launch a Hidden Voices: Covid-19 mini-series hears from people and organisations whose contribution may be going unnoticed at this time.

The podcast is available on Soundcloud and iTunes. “Voices Heard, Lives Empowered”:

  • give a voice to vulnerable people who might otherwise not be heard
  • highlight key issues we identify through our work
  • include self-help resources

In these thought-provoking conversations people talk openly about the challenges they have faced and what POhWER and wider society can do to help.

Our first three episodes are:

  • Episode 1: The Carer - Donna talks about caring for her husband
  • Episode 2: Cruse Bereavement Service – Jo, a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement discusses the effects of COVID on the grieving process and what challenges Cruse faces when supporting individuals
  • Episode 3: Juno Women’s Aid – Barbara & Jennifer discuss how COVID has affected the domestic abuse of women and children

New episodes will follow each week.

In the first episode Donna describes the particular difficulties of being an informal carer during the pandemic and what more could be done to help people like her.

Voices Heard, Lives Empowered also include self-help information. The first four episodes provide information about the Mental Health Act, what people can expect if they are detained under the Act and what their rights are.

The podcasts are hosted and edited by Thomas Walsh and produced by Ben Baxter from our Nottinghamshire team. Thomas and Ben co-host the new Hidden Voices: Covid-19 mini-series.

A free download from iTunes, Soundcloud or Google Play is available.