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Being the Story is a new podcast to inspire new ideas, challenge perceptions, and stimulate conversation on the big issues facing society today. This podcast series, recorded in front of a live audience, features thought-proving talks given by individuals who’ve faced life-changing experiences and who are using their experiences to come up with solutions to create social change. Our Being the Story podcast, live events, training and spokespersons network diversify the voices we hear in the media and beyond introducing new voices and perspectives into mainstream conversation. For more information go to www.beingthestory.org.uk
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Originally from Angola, Belmira came to the UK from Portugal and settled in Newcastle. She has been volunteering with The Comfrey Project for 10 years, which works with refugees and asylum seekers on allotment sites across Newcastle and Gateshead. Belmira manages the garden at one of the sites, improving her English. It’s all in her name - Belmira means ‘nice view’ in her native language. When she’s in the garden she forgets the time and forgets her problems. Belmira believes we could all gain a lot from getting involved in the outdoors.   Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory
Steve and Dave are united by their love of Hip-hop which had a huge impact on their lives, and motivated them to co-found the Hull Beats Bus with Nigel Taylor. The Beats Bus is a mobile recording studio building confidence through music and art. They’re bringing creative workshops to children across Hull who wouldn’t normally be able to access the arts, being deemed ‘hard-to-reach’. The Beats Bus is changing the lives of the children involved and Steve and Dave want to encourage more arts-based education to help young people thrive.      Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory  
Dan Dewsbury is a BAFTA-nominated Director with a strong belief that the issues raised in documentaries can lead to real change.Dan shares how he started his career on a BBC traineeship programme and has worked on Louis Theroux, Storyville, The Detectives, Crime and Punishment, Hospitaland The Mighty Redcar.That series –exploring the inequality of opportunities for young people in Redcar-won two Royal Television Society awards. He talks about the sense of responsibility he feels to accurately portray people’s lives, often filming them at crucial and intimate moments of their lives
When Jonny Benjamin talks, people stop and listen. Jonny is a mental health campaigner, writer and presenter. He shares his story, being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and depression at the age of 20. During his recovery Jonny started making YouTube films about the condition that have been watched by hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma. Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory
Brigitte Aphrodite is a Punk Poet, Musician, Writer, Theatre Maker and Feminist Showgirl. Brigitte will discuss how performance can be used in mental health education  and will be performing a selection of songs and poems from her critically  acclaimed musical ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’ which tackles the complexity of our mental  health and challenges the stigma that surrounds depression - but it’s not depressing – it’s joyous, funny and hopeful. Brigitte has performed at Reading and Leeds Festivals, Latitude, Bestival and sold out runs at the South Bank WOW festival and Hackney Showroom.    Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory  
Emma shares her story being diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s Disease at only 29. Emma has made it her mission to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and fundraise for Parkinson’s UK. This journey has taken her from an unexpected diagnosis to winning awards and being featured in ‘Cosmopolitan’, where she reached out to other young  women. Through her social media campaigning, Emma has done so much to raise the profile of this condition and believes that having Parkinson’s was the making of her.    Join in the conversation using #BeingtheStory 
Sue`s mantra is “find the story and give the client a voice”. A housing solicitor for 25 years she runs a busy court housing duty scheme, providing last-minute help to people facing eviction or repossession. Sue shares her belief that in order to find solutions, it’s important to know someone’s story so you can properly advocate on their behalf and ensure they get access to justice. She sets a challenge to those in positions of power to put a spotlight on what is happening to some of the most vulnerable in our society. Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory
Andiamo was founded after husband and wife Naveed and Samiya had their son Diamo in 2003. He had a difficult birth due to medical negligence leading to Cerebral Palsy and sadly passed away in 2012. They share their journey; how their difficult personal experience finding orthic braces for their son spurred them on to revolutionise orthotics technology to ensure that no child anywhere in the world must wait more than a week for their medical device. They drive forward through empathy, designed around the child and their family.  Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory 
Supporting young people has been a lifelong passion for Sam. In this talk he shares his own personal story of how he has overcome barriers from his tough background and rejected the labels given to him to become a successful social entrepreneur. He founded Support the Youth, a community interest company based in Blackpool, to assist young people not currently in education, employment or training (NEET). He challenges us to help support and empower future generations and give them the confidence to choose their own identity.   Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory
Clare shares her work at the Empathy Museum, the world’s first experiential arts space dedicated to helping us look at the world through other people’s eyes. A Mile in My Shoes is an interactive shoe shop where visitors can walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally. The exhibit holds a diverse collection of shoes and audio stories exploring our shared humanity. From a sewage worker to a sex worker, a war veteran to a prison psychiatrist, visitors can walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger whilst listening to their story.  Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory   
Award-winning photographer Giles Duley shares his story; moving from music and fashion photography to humanitarian and losing both legs and an arm whilst photographing the US Army on patrol in Afghanistan. He talks about the ability photography can have to transform lives. Recounting how a small gift changed his life and how that led to his work documenting the refugee crisis in Lebanon for the UNHCR. Duley tells the stories of normal families caught up in the Syrian civil war, and his belief that each act, no matter how small, can create positive change.  Join in the conversation using #BeingtheStory
Lorraine’s son Dwayne was a few months short of his 21st birthday when he was fatally stabbed in Brixton in 2014. He was acting as a peacekeeper helping a younger boy and died as a result. Dwayne was from Brixton’s Angell Town Estate and had created a boxing club to address its lack of facilities for young people. In her talk Lorraine shares her quest to turn Pain into Power, relaunching the boxing scheme as Dwaynamics in his memory. Dwaynamics helps young people develop life skills through boxing, training, mentoring and employability workshops. Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory
Hassan shares his personal story of fleeing his home and job as an English teacher in Damascus, Syria to journey to Europe. He will share his experience of turning the camera on himself in the BBC2 documentary Exodus to record this life-risking journey that thousands of refugees have made. He has provided a voice for many unheard refugee stories and he’ll discuss the implications of this.   Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory  
“My life ended and began with a prison sentence, those metal doors awoke the faith in me” Sitting in her front room, with a group of like-minded friends, Lady Unchained and her friends would have debates and discussions about the problems they faced and write about how they made them feel. This inspired her to set up Unchained Poetry, a platform for artists with experience of the criminal justice system. She now hosts Unchained Nights in partnership with Artsadmin at Toybee Stations, a night of inspirational storytelling, through poetry and music, performed by artists with lived experience of the justice system. She also co-hosts for National Prison Radio’s show We Are StraightLine, a show about Getting out of prison and Staying out of prison and has just featured in a new podcast Secret Life of Prisons. Lady Unchained’s mission is to prove that there is life after prison. Through poetry she tells her own personal story and the untold stories that are often left untold, because of shame or labels. In this podcast she perforoms a selection of her poems. Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory
Nigerian-born Peter came to Britain in 2010 and works as a barber in Clapham, London. In a collaboration between Empathy Museum and Migration Museum, Peter shared his experiences of migration for ‘A Mile in My Shoes’ where visitors of a giant shoe shop can literally walk a mile in the shoes of a person whilst listening to their story. His barber shop also provided material for Inua Ellam’s critically acclaimed play, Barber Shop Chronicles. Peter shares what qualities are needed in his role as a barber. Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory
Marissa shares her journey as a domestic worker, from facing financial abuse and sexual harassment to finding a family who treated her well. She talks about the challenges that changes to government policy have had on the women she seeks to support, and her fight to ensure that domestic workers have their rights recognised. Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory
Families face many obstacles to overcome poverty. But the insights of the people experiencing poverty are invaluable and people of influence are starting to listen. Raising two sons as a single parent in the East End of Glasgow, Caroline has felt the impact of poverty firsthand. Caroline shares her campaigning journey to address poverty and how experts by experience can share their knowledge to influence approaches to reducing child poverty. Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory
Charlie Craggs is a broadcaster, author and trans activist. Charlie shares her insights on trans activism, what’s next in her fight for equality, and how we can all continue to break down the understandings around trans experiences because as Charlie puts it ‘prejudice and hate comes from fear and misunderstanding’.   Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory
Steve was a struggling warehouse worker by day and hip-hop performer by night. After a chance encounter with award-winning documentary maker Sean McAllister, Steve was asked to get involved in A Northern Soul a film Sean was making. Steve shares his experience of putting his life in the spotlight through the documentary, the issues it raised and how he’s now trying to create new opportunities for young people in Hull. Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory
Laura’s story is one of hope and survival against the odds. Diagnosed with secondary breast cancer 11 years ago, she tells an account of her experience of cancer and the impact that has had on her. Through psychological intervention and support Laura has learned to live more presently, understanding that it’s our vulnerabilities that makes us all human. As she feels hopeful once more and driven by her experience of cancer, she campaigns with cancer charities to try to make a difference for others.   Join in the conversation online using #BeingtheStory
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