12 episodes

Launched by The Mall Luton, this is a podcast focussing on life within the Luton community. The podcast covers a number of topics surrounding everyday life in the town, finding out about those within the community who make others' lives easier, safer and happier.

The Luton Life podcast aims to provide a voice for the Luton community covered through question-and-answer sessions with local journalist Sophie Sulehria.

Listeners can expect to hear real-life stories straight from the community, with real-life answers to questions which many will be able to relate to.

Future editions will feature a focus on independent retailers, plus local charities and projects like Keech Hospice Care and the Big Trunk Trunk Trail, and Level Trust, all talking about their contribution to the town. Access to community services such as Luton Foodbank or Level Trust will be covered in an open and friendly way which those in need can benefit from.

An industry first which has been fully curated and funded by The Mall, all podcast sessions will be available to listen to for free through Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Luton Life TheMallLuton

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Launched by The Mall Luton, this is a podcast focussing on life within the Luton community. The podcast covers a number of topics surrounding everyday life in the town, finding out about those within the community who make others' lives easier, safer and happier.

The Luton Life podcast aims to provide a voice for the Luton community covered through question-and-answer sessions with local journalist Sophie Sulehria.

Listeners can expect to hear real-life stories straight from the community, with real-life answers to questions which many will be able to relate to.

Future editions will feature a focus on independent retailers, plus local charities and projects like Keech Hospice Care and the Big Trunk Trunk Trail, and Level Trust, all talking about their contribution to the town. Access to community services such as Luton Foodbank or Level Trust will be covered in an open and friendly way which those in need can benefit from.

An industry first which has been fully curated and funded by The Mall, all podcast sessions will be available to listen to for free through Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

    Meet Citizen’s Advice

    Meet Citizen’s Advice

    For this episode of Luton Life, our host Sophie Sulehria speaks to the brilliant team at Citizen's Advice to find out more about what they do.
    Listen to this episode to find out more about the services this organisations provide, hear from real users of their services, and why The Mall has decided to shine a light on their amazing work.

    • 23 min
    Introducing The Hygiene Bank

    Introducing The Hygiene Bank

    For this episode of Luton Life, host Sophie Sulehria meets The Hygiene Bank, a local charity aiming to provide people with the hygiene products they need and deserve.
    It is not a luxury to feel clean, however many people in the Luton area are living in poverty and cannot afford to wash. The fantastic team at The Hygiene Bank volunteer their time to collect and distribute as many products as they can with the help of local charities, the general public, and organisations such as The Mall Luton, who donated £1,000 as part of their 50th anniversary Community Chest Fund.
    Listen to find out more about their brilliant efforts.

    • 23 min
    Meet NOAH Enterprise

    Meet NOAH Enterprise

    For this episode of Luton Life, Sophie went to meet the team at NOAH Enterprise to find out more about their amazing work fighting against homelessness and exclusion across Bedfordshire.
    Find out more about their welfare services, outreach teams and employability workshops and some of the lives that their work has affected.

    • 19 min
    Join Pride in Luton

    Join Pride in Luton

    For this episode of Luton Life, host Sophie Sulehria celebrates Pride Month with 'Pride in Luton', the co-ordinators of Luton's very first festival of its kind.
    As well as speaking to the co-chairs Kelsie Holdstock and Michael Nanton-Knight about the importance of education and celebrating diversity in the community, Sophie spoke to those in attendance on the day to hear why Pride is so important to you.
    Listen now!

    • 25 min
    Luton Life shines a light on local charity Discover Islam ahead of Eid

    Luton Life shines a light on local charity Discover Islam ahead of Eid

    In the latest episode of The Mall’s community podcast ‘Luton Life’, local charity Discover Islam is celebrated for their outstanding efforts supporting the town’s local residents, especially during the month of Ramadan.
    Discover Islam is a community-based organisation that has been in Luton since 2011 and is described as part information centre and museum, and part charity. Their overarching ethos is to encourage people to learn more about Islamic beliefs and practices in a safe space, where there is no judgement or prejudice.
    Sujel Miah, one of the management team at Discover Islam, tells host Sophie Sulehria about the conscious effort the centre makes to create a welcoming space and comfortable environment for anyone looking to use their services. Sujel explains “We wanted to make this place accessible for everyone and create understanding about our faith and get people to actually meet Muslims!”. Educational books and Qurans are available on site to anyone seeking more information about the Islamic faith, and opening conversations to gain further knowledge is always encouraged.
    Alongside their education goals the charity works with Luton Foodbank, one of The Mall’s chosen charities for the previous four years, to distribute food to the community. The rising cost of living has driven many families to rely on food donations to get by, so these services have never been more valuable. Throughout the month of Ramadan Discover Islam have also distributed food boxes put together to break the fast, including items such as flour, rice and oils. Sujel stresses that all food items are available to anyone in need, not just the Muslim community, and that any deliveries are dignified and discreet for the comfort of their recipients.
    Also in the podcast, Sophie spoke to volunteers Hamza and Gulseema to hear stories of some of the regular users of the centre who have transformed their life through the charity. The high proportion of refugees in the area means that many of those who visit the centre have travelled to the UK alone and use the resources as a way to meet new people and become actively involved in their community. Many of those who relied on the centre’s services have also returned as a volunteer, recognising the value of the work that Discover Islam do.
    The Mall Luton are keen supporters of Discover Islam and their various projects, providing valuable funds and other support for the creation of their Peace Garden, for food distribution and the curry kitchen.
    Lavinia Douglass, Marketing Manager at The Mall Luton, says: “We love supporting Discover Islam and the valuable work they have done over the past decade is truly inspiring. It’s clear to see their efforts have made a monumental difference to the lives of many in our town, particularly throughout the month of Ramadan.”
    Lavinia continues, “Our Luton Life podcast is the perfect platform to highlight the continued hard work of the volunteers and resources that anyone in the community can take advantage of – whether they’re seeking a greater understanding of a faith they are unfamiliar with, or a simple hot cup of coffee.”
    For further information about the Islamic faith or services that Discover Islam provide, visit the centre in Luton town centre or visit www.discover-islam.co.uk

    • 24 min
    Celebrating inspirational women in Luton for International Women’s Day 2022

    Celebrating inspirational women in Luton for International Women’s Day 2022

    In this episode, Sophie meets 3 inspiring women doing incredible for the town 
    Dr Joan Bailey MBE has dedicated her life's work to supporting youths in the community, to help them realise their potential and find opportunities in spite of adversity.
    Kelly Betts is the UK Editor of BBC Introducing... a launchpad for artists including Tom Grennan, James Bay and Jack Garratt. Kelly is Luton born and bred and her tenacity and determination shine through as she talks about her journey from work experience at BBC Three Counties to achieving one of the top jobs in the corporation.  
    As Interim Service Director for Inclusive Growth at Luton Town Hall, Sinead McNamara has followed in her Mum's footsteps with her career as a civil servant. Her passion to change people's lives for the better comes through loud and clear as she talks about the projects she is steering to work towards Luton being a town where no-one is living in poverty.
    This International Women's Day, The Mall Luton are proud to celebrate these women making a difference and hope you enjoy hearing their stories. 

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

J_Martin82 ,

J Martin

What a fantastic podcast, it’s great to hear the good things that happen in the community and the help on offer. Well done Luton Mall, well done Sophie.

H_im a beast ,

A fab listen

This is well worth a listen. A great place to learn more about and Sophie is great!

LillySkinner ,

Great podcast!

Brilliant podcast, well worth a listen

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

Hysterical
Wondery | Pineapple Street Studios
How To Write A Book
Daylight Production and Sony Music Entertainment
Rory Stewart: The Long History of...
BBC Radio 4
How To Fail With Elizabeth Day
Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment
Miss Me?
BBC Sounds
Rylan: How to Be...
BBC Sounds