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Inspiring conversations with the change makers, activists, leaders and trailblazers - who make our communities a better place to live, work and play.
Produced by MIC (http://www.micmedia.co.uk)
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14: Priya Chopra

14: Priya Chopra

2019-10-2300:27:58

For the last 20 years, this Strong Manchester Woman has been supporting Asian women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. It's a difficult cause and one that is made more challenging to address, by the cultural norms and traditions of the communities that she works in. In this episode, your host Vic Elizabeth Turnbull speaks to Priya Chopra, CEO of the Saheli Asian Women’s Project. She has campaigned for policy changes on forced marriage and honour-based violence amongst the South Asian community, and has highlighted the extremities of this issue on a domestic and international levelPriya has spoke at the House of Commons and was part of the delegation to Prime Minister Theresa May’s consultation on the proposed changes to the Domestic Abuse Bill - ensuring that the issues faced by BAMER survivors of domestic abuse were highlighted to policy makers.In this episode Priya talks about, The challenges of finding fundingWhat it’s really like to work in a community where domestic violence is tabooHow the women she supports, inspire her to keep goingHow this podcast has become as useful tool for her and her teamFinding the courage to speak out against domestic violenceMaking people uncomfortable to instigate changeThe increased demand for the services she providesHer approach to risk takingLinks and informationFind out more about / contact the Saheli Project visit their website here (http://saheli.org.uk/)Listen to other Strong Manchester Manchester Women podcast episodes visit,www.MICmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast (http://www.micmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast)Strong Manchester Women The podcast is inspired by the annual Strong Women campaign. The 14 women profiled in this podcast were selected for the 2019 campaign. For more information about the women visit The Pankhurst Trust’s website (https://www.pankhursttrust.org/get-involved/events/strong-manchester-women-display) . Credits Produced, edited and artwork by MIC Mediawww.MICmedia.co.uk (http://www.micmedia.co.uk) @MICmediauk (http://www.twitter.com/micmediauk)This is the last episode of this series of the Strong Manchester Women podcastListen to the end of this episode to hear if they’ll be a Series 2.
13: Chloe Cousins

13: Chloe Cousins

2019-10-1600:27:47

This Strong Manchester Woman stands up proud to say,  “I’m really happy with who I am.”  She takes the lessons that she’s learnt on her journey, to help others to be comfortable with themselves too;, from the young LGBTQ people she works with, to the LGBTQ community she helps to run. In this episode, your host Vic Elizabeth Turnbull Chloe Cousins, the voluntary organiser for Rainbow Noir, Manchester's social and peer support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex people of colour. The group celebrated their sixth birthday in 2019 and provide a vital space for people to find family and community, a place to be 100% themselves, something which isn't always possible in faith, cultural and LGBT communities.Chloe, who was born and raised in Birmingham ‘but grown in Manchester’, also coordinates the programme for LGBT young people of colour at The Proud Trust, Manchester's LGBT youth charity. Here she supports young people of colour and works within communities of colour to raise awareness and help build confidence and capacity to support LGBT young people within their communities. In this episode Chloe talks about, Starting and maintaining a thriving communityUnderstanding and managing anxietyGetting comfortable with yourselfChildhood ambitions (includes being lovely & catering!)Utilising her recognition as a platform to promote Queerness The importance of achieving a better work/life balanceWhat it’s really like being an LGBT+ woman in ManchesterWhy we need to start rephrasing questions around inequality Links and informationDiscover more about Rainbow Noir on their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/rainbownoirmcr/)  Chloe works at the  fantastic Proud Trust (https://www.theproudtrust.org) , a LGBT+ youth support organisationHere’s (https://www.thepresentercoach.co.uk/the-one-way-to-stop-comparing-yourself-to-others/) Kate Cocker’s blog post about helping you to curb your ‘comparisonitis’. Listen to other Strong Manchester Manchester Women podcast episodes visit,www.MICmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast (http://www.micmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast)Strong Manchester Women The podcast is inspired by the annual Strong Women campaign. The 14 women profiled in this podcast were selected for the 2019 campaign. For more information about the women visit The Pankhurst Trust’s website (https://www.pankhursttrust.org/get-involved/events/strong-manchester-women-display) . Credits Produced, edited and artwork by MIC Mediawww.MICmedia.co.uk (http://www.micmedia.co.uk) @MICmediauk (http://www.twitter.com/micmediauk)Next EpisodeReleased 23rd October
12: Dena Murphy

12: Dena Murphy

2019-10-0900:34:34

This Strong Manchester Woman was just eleven years old when World War II started. She saw first-hand the camaraderie and sense of community that the conflict sparked. It is no surprise then, that throughout her life she’s helped people in her community, whether that’s been as a nurse, or leading local projects such as Girl Guides and award-winning neighbourhood gardens. Now, at the age of 91 and a pillar of her local Manchester community, she continues to support and give strength to others. In this episode, your host Vic Elizabeth Turnbull speaks to Dena Murphy, a former nurse and the Chair of resident’s group NEPHRA Good Neighbours, which improve the lives of people in their North Manchester neighbourhood. Their community-run allotment, that’s managed by Dena, feeds over 50 pensioners at weekly luncheon clubs  and provides training and qualifications for volunteers.Dena is a passionate gardener and has won more than 40 awards from the Royal Horticultural Society. The huge contribution she’s made to life in her community was acknowledged in 2017 when she was nominated for the Pride of Britain Awards and in 2019 when she won the ‘Community Partner of the Year’ at the Pride of Manchester Awards.In this episode Dena talks about, How she caught the gardening bug at aged just 3 How she’s set up multiple community garden projects...and why lots of them stop bloomingLearning to swear in CzechThe secret to living to the age of 91 (includes vegetables & cigarettes)Talking leeks with Prince CharlesHow to get your local council on sideWhat it’s really to working with offendersWhy we’re losing a sense of communityLinks and informationFind out more about Nephra, the organisation that Dena chairs and runs the allotment for - there’s info on here about how you can volunteer and donate too  NephraGoodNeighbours.org.uk (http://nephragoodneighbours.org.uk/)Edith Cavell Close (not street!) in Manchester is here (https://goo.gl/maps/UHsspPuw77M2UQ2Q9) if you fancy a pilgrimage, and Dena is right, it’s tiny!Listen to other Strong Manchester Manchester Women podcast episodes visit,www.MICmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast (http://www.micmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast)Strong Manchester Women The podcast is inspired by the annual Strong Women campaign. The 14 women profiled in this podcast were selected for the 2019 campaign. For more information about the women visit The Pankhurst Trust’s website (https://www.pankhursttrust.org/get-involved/events/strong-manchester-women-display) . Credits Produced, edited and artwork by MIC Mediawww.MICmedia.co.uk (http://www.micmedia.co.uk) @MICmediauk (http://www.twitter.com/micmediauk)Next EpisodeReleased 16th October
11: Stacey Copeland

11: Stacey Copeland

2019-10-0200:45:18

This Strong Manchester Woman has played football for England and is a championship boxer. For one person to achieve both of these in their life time is huge. But because of gender, she’s received knock backs at every impressive milestone. It’s these experiences that have spurred this Strong Manchester Woman, to make the patriarchal world of sport more equal for the next generation of sports women who come after her. In this episode, your host Vic Elizabeth Turnbull speaks to Stacey Copeland a professional boxer and the first British female boxer to win the Commonwealth title.As a passionate advocate for women and girls in Greater Manchester, she presents a weekly show on BBC Radio Manchester and has spoken in the European Parliament and at the United Nations as well as delivering more than 100 talks to schools and businesses. She is also involved in a number of charity and community initiatives, including as founder of Pave The Way, a foundation to  challenge gender stereotypes and pave the way for girls and women in sport. In this episode Stacey talks about, Becoming a spokesperson for women in sportNot being able to compete in major sporting events like the Olympics Nailing your why Not dwelling on negativity and turning into an impactful, positiveHow a one-off project turned into a charityFighting sexism to become the first British female boxer to win the Commonwealth titleWhy playing football for England started off on a sour noteWhat it’s like to navigate a male dominated and designed sporting world.Links and informationFollow Stacey’s boxing journey and what’s happening with Pave The Way on twitter (https://twitter.com/scopelandboxer)  Listen to (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06lnntx) Stacey’s weekly show on BBC Radio Manchester Find out more about Caroline Criado Perez’s book ‘Invisible Women’ here (https://www.carolinecriadoperez.com/books)Listen to other Strong Manchester Manchester Women podcast episodes visit,www.MICmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast (http://www.micmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast)Strong Manchester Women The podcast is inspired by the annual Strong Women campaign. The 14 women profiled in this podcast were selected for the 2019 campaign. For more information about the women visit The Pankhurst Trust’s website (https://www.pankhursttrust.org/get-involved/events/strong-manchester-women-display) . Credits Produced, edited and artwork by MIC Mediawww.MICmedia.co.uk (http://www.micmedia.co.uk) @MICmediauk (http://www.twitter.com/micmediauk)Next EpisodeReleased 9th October
10: Nasima Begum

10: Nasima Begum

2019-09-2500:33:04

From a young age this Strong Manchester Woman felt that she wasn’t accepted into society. She grew tired of the narrative that went along her identity as a South Asian, Muslim woman. To put it simply, she wasn't having it. So she decided to fight back and write her own narrative, by becoming a performance poet and producer.In this episode, your host Vic Elizabeth Turnbull speaks to Nasima Begum. When she’s not being a badass poet, Nasima works in youth development - with a focus on building the confidence and resilience of young Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee girls.In early 2019, she was awarded a prestigious Jerwood Creative Fellowship to make new work for that year’s Manchester International Festival. In this episode Nasima talks about,Pushing back against stereotypes Being a cat mumWhat really spurred her to become a performance poetLearning the hard way about the importance of looking after yourselfBattling with self-doubt and getting comfortable with being uncomfortableLife after lossBeing the most unorganised woman in the worldHow she’s #NotHavingIt and standing up for herselfLinks and informationNasima’s on twitter (https://twitter.com/nasimabee)This is the Bangleshi Women’s Organisation (https://www.facebook.com/anannambwo/) where Nasima worksThere’s more info about her involvement with Manchester International Festival here  (https://jerwoodarts.org/projects/manchester-international-festival/)Nasima’s a board member for Young Identity (https://youngidentity.org/) , a spoken word collective for young people in ManchesterListen to other Strong Manchester Manchester Women podcast episodes visit,www.MICmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast (http://www.micmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast)Strong Manchester Women The podcast is inspired by the annual Strong Women campaign. The 14 women profiled in this podcast were selected for the 2019 campaign. For more information about the women visit The Pankhurst Trust’s website (https://www.pankhursttrust.org/get-involved/events/strong-manchester-women-display) . Credits Produced, edited and artwork by MIC Mediawww.MICmedia.co.uk (http://www.micmedia.co.uk) @MICmediauk (http://www.twitter.com/micmediauk)Next EpisodeReleased 2nd October
9: Kate O’Donnell

9: Kate O’Donnell

2019-09-1800:40:25

Former drag queen gets handed babies in airports. Sounds like a headline from a gossip magazine!  But this is life for this Strong Manchester Woman - well that is since she closed the door on her male privilege.In this episode, your host Vic Elizabeth Turnbull speaks to award-winning performer and writer Kate O’Donnell. Kate’s also the founder of the pioneering arts company Trans Creative, who make award-winning theatre and curate the Manchester trans arts festival, Trans Vegas. Trans Creative uses creativity to reach communities and organisations across the country, sharing trans experiences to help create trans allies. In this episode Kate talks openly about,what it’s really like to live as a trans-womanfighting negativity with fabulous creativitymaking space for older womenleaving a stable, well-paid job to follow her passionfinding love in her fiftiessobriety why she looks up to Mary PortasLinks and informationFind out more about Trans Creative on their website (https://transcreative.uk/) (you can also get the ‘#StandbyYourTrans’ t-shirts here too)Kate’s on twitter here (https://twitter.com/kateodonnellx)Mermaids (https://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/) is the charity that supports young trans people, children and their familiesListen to other Strong Manchester Manchester Women podcast episodes visit,www.MICmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast (http://www.micmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast)Strong Manchester Women The podcast is inspired by the annual Strong Women campaign. The 14 women profiled in this podcast were selected for the 2019 campaign. For more information about the women visit The Pankhurst Trust’s website (https://www.pankhursttrust.org/get-involved/events/strong-manchester-women-display) . Credits Produced, edited and artwork by MIC Mediawww.MICmedia.co.uk (http://www.micmedia.co.uk) @MICmediauk (http://www.twitter.com/micmediauk)Next EpisodeReleased 25th September
8: Sarah Judge

8: Sarah Judge

2019-09-1100:31:25

At 25 years old, this Strong Manchester Women decided to take action against the injustices she was seeing in society. This wasn't simply the signing of a petition, she wanted to tackle community issues and concerns right at their core, so she put herself forward become a councillor in her local community.In this episode, your host Vic Elizabeth Turnbull speaks to Sarah Judge, Manchester City Council’s member for Woodhouse Park and the Lead Member for women.Born and raised in Wythenshawe, Sarah is passionate about ensuring young women believe in themselves and have the opportunities and support they need to achieve their dreams. She has worked as a community organiser developing grassroots campaigns and was the brains behind the ‘Scrap the Fee’ campaign, which opposes financial charges for women who need medical professionals to confirm that they are suffering domestic abuse. She also helps to run Wythenshawe Safespots, a user-led domestic abuse charity.In this episode Sarah talks about,the shift from a normal 25 years old to councillor how to be a resilient and  authentic public leaderwhat it’s really like on election nightdealing with public backlashbalancing day jobs and being an elected council member the reality of working alongside her councillor dad the spark that instigated her desire to help peoplethe long process of becoming a local councillor"Each problem that someone comes to you with is the most important thing in theirworld at that moment. So I have to make it the most important thing in my world at that moment." Sarah JudgeLinks and informationSafeSpots (https://safespots.org.uk) is the charity that Sarah runsSarah’s on twitter here (https://twitter.com/sarahjudge90)There’s a website that explains how to become a councillor, it’s (obviously) called BeaCouncillor.com (https://beacouncillor.co.uk/)Read the full transcript of this episode here (http://bit.ly/2L7pYiF)  Listen to other Strong Manchester Manchester Women podcast episodes visit, www.MICmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast (http://www.micmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast)Strong Manchester Women The podcast is inspired by the annual Strong Women campaign. The 14 women profiled in this podcast were selected for the 2019 campaign. For more information about the women visit The Pankhurst Trust’s website (https://www.pankhursttrust.org/get-involved/events/strong-manchester-women-display) . Credits Produced, edited and artwork by MIC Mediawww.MICmedia.co.uk (http://www.micmedia.co.uk) @MICmediauk (http://www.twitter.com/micmediauk)Next EpisodeReleased 18th September
7: Bernie Wood

7: Bernie Wood

2019-09-0400:33:37

In 1978, this Strong Manchester Woman’s life changed forever. It was the year her youngest son Geoffrey was born. Geoffrey has Down’s syndrome and Bernie struggled to cope. That was until she came across a unique support service, designed for especially for mums like her.In this episode, your host Vic Elizabeth Turnbull speaks to Bernie Wood, the general manager of Talbot House, a brilliant, user-led support service for parents carers of children with severe learning disabilities. The service is based in North Manchester and is ran by Bernie, who’s 80 years old and has been doing this for 40 years - and shows no sign of slowing down!Trigger Warning - in this episode we discuss some sensitive issues, including suicide. So, if you think that this episode could affect your mental health, then please do skip it.Bernie talks passionately about,the reality of giving birth to a disabled child in the 1970’swhat life’s really like as a parent carerusing humour as a way to keep goingthe importance of staying healthy in order to be able to help otherswriting to the government to instigate changethe human-side of caring for a disabled childhitting rock bottom and picking herself back upvisiting Buckingham Palace and what winning awards really mean to her“Get Mam and Dad’s heads ok and the kids will be ok”.  Bernie WoodLinks and informationThe amazing service that Bernie runs is Talbot House, they support families of people with learning disabilities. Visit their website here (https://www.talbot-house.org.uk/) for more info, including how to visit, donate or support. If you’re not around the Greater Manchester area, there’s links to other services here (https://carers.org/article/learning-disabilities)Write to your local councillor, MP or MEP - this helpful website will tell you who they are and send the message for you WritetoThem.com (https://www.writetothem.com)Suicide Prevention helplines Samaritans (https://www.samaritans.org/) – for everyone.  Call 116 123 or email  jo@samaritans.org (mailto:jo@samaritans.org)Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) (https://www.thecalmzone.net/) – for men. Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day or Visit the webchat page (https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat/)Papyrus (https://www.papyrus-uk.org/help-advice/about-hopelineuk) – for people under 35. Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm, Text 07786 209697 or Email pat@papyrus-uk.org (email:pat@papyrus-uk.org)Read the full transcript of this episode here (http://bit.ly/2L7pYiF)  Listen to other Strong Manchester Manchester Women podcast episodes visit,www.MICmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast (http://www.micmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast)Strong Manchester Women The podcast is inspired by the annual Strong Women campaign. The 14 women profiled in this podcast were selected for the 2019 campaign. For more information about the women visit The Pankhurst Trust’s website (https://www.pankhursttrust.org/get-involved/events/strong-manchester-women-display) .Credits Produced, edited and artwork by MIC Mediawww.MICmedia.co.uk (http://www.micmedia.co.uk) @MICmediauk (http://www.twitter.com/micmediauk)Next EpisodeReleased 11th September
6: Sharmila Kar

6: Sharmila Kar

2019-08-2800:28:31

From being a little girl growing up in India, helping people for a living was always the ambition for this Strong Manchester Woman, well that or being a train driver.In this episode, your host Vic Elizabeth Turnbull speaks to Sharmila Kar, who’s the Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning. She is passionate about the development of people and organisations, and ensures that equality and inclusion are at the heart of what she does.She’s worked in the public and not for profit sectors, on a portfolio of human resources, operational development and equality related projects. Sharmila talks Frankly about,growing up in India, in a mixed race familybeing encouraged to make her voice heard navigating a new country as a young, gay womanthe path to a career in the public sector via B&Q and hospitalitychange-making amidst the bureaucracies of the public sectorrole-modelling starting at homebattles with self-belief and impostor syndromefinding your tribe“In the climate that we’re currently in, we have a duty to challenge. People forget history and if you’re not careful, you see history repeating itself and not in the best way.  You have to keep up the good fight.  Sharmila KarLinks and informationThe organisation’s Sharmila’s currently involved with are Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (https://www.mhcc.nhs.uk/) and the LGBT Foundation (https://lgbt.foundation/)Sharmila’s previously worked / volunteered for NACRO (https://www.nacro.org.uk/) and Amnesty International UK (https://www.amnesty.org.uk/) . Get yourself to Alexandra Park (https://www.alexandraparkmanchester.org/)Sharmila’s on twitter here (https://twitter.com/karsharmila)Read the full transcript of this episode here (http://bit.ly/2L7pYiF)  Listen to other Strong Manchester Manchester Women podcast episodes visit,www.MICmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast (http://www.micmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast)Strong Manchester Women The podcast is inspired by the annual Strong Women campaign. The 14 women profiled in this podcast were selected for the 2019 campaign. For more information about the women visit The Pankhurst Trust’s website (https://www.pankhursttrust.org/get-involved/events/strong-manchester-women-display) .Credits Produced, edited and artwork by MIC Mediawww.MICmedia.co.uk (http://www.micmedia.co.uk) @MICmediauk (http://www.twitter.com/micmediauk)Next EpisodeReleased 4th September
5: Jackie Driver

5: Jackie Driver

2019-08-2100:34:32

Supporting women fleeing violence, advising Channel 4 on their inclusion strategy, playing a key part in designing the most accessible city in Europe, influencing policy, campaigning for changes in the law, recognised as one of the most influential disabled people in the UK… This Strong Manchester Woman lives and breathes equality and human rights and there’s not much she hasn’t done to create an equal, level playing field for everyone.In this episode, your host Vic Elizabeth Turnbull speaks to Jackie Driver, who works full time in the field of equality and human rights and has been part of the leadership of the Equality and Human Rights Commission since it started. She's currently at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning to design and lead their inclusion and social value strategy. Jackie also chairs and advises a number of not for profit organisations.Jackie talks honestly about,getting people to look through a different lens when it comes to disabilitythe impact of being taught in mainstream school as a deaf childtaking advice from Will Smith her journey from zero qualifications, to sculptor, carpenter and then activist and changemakerthe myriad of ways to campaign effectively, with impact changing campaign tactics, including freeing animals and influencinghow she became the Head of Propaganda the power of self-belief, resilience and Zumba “I want to look back on my life and feel that I've done something I can be proud of. Making money doesn't interest me, wealth doesn't drive me. Love drives me, people drive me.” Jackie DriverLinks and informationThe organisation’s Jackie’s currently involved with are, Breakthrough UK (https://www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk/) , Sign Health (https://www.signhealth.org.uk/) , Result CIC (http://www.resultcic.com/) and Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (https://www.mhcc.nhs.uk/)  Jackie’s previously worked at Disability Rights Commission,  Manchester Central Library and Manchester City CouncilHave some Will Smith’s wisdom here (https://www.youtube.com/willsmith)Watch Stella Young’s Ted Talk ‘I’m Not Your Inspiration’ here (https://www.ted.com/talks/stella_young_i_m_not_your_inspiration_thank_you_very_much)The inspiring female campaigners Jackie's credits in this episode are Greta Thunberg, Zianna Oliphan, Emma González and Malala Yousafzai.Read the full transcript of this episode here  (http://bit.ly/2ZbPYhW)Listen to other Strong Manchester Manchester Women podcast episodes visit,www.MICmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast (http://www.micmedia.co.uk/StrongManchesterWomenPodcast)Strong Manchester Women The podcast is inspired by the annual Strong Women campaign. The 14 women profiled in this podcast were selected for the 2019 campaign. For more information about the women visit The Pankhurst Trust’s website (https://www.pankhursttrust.org/get-involved/events/strong-manchester-women-display) .Credits Produced, edited and artwork by MIC Mediawww.MICmedia.co.uk (http://www.micmedia.co.uk) || @MICmediauk (http://www.twitter.com/micmediauk)Next EpisodeReleased 28 August
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