Every fortnight Shout!Podcast explores the health and wellbeing of the UK’s fire services community, offering a unique insight into the physical, mental and social challenges facing those who live and work around the fire service. From top tips on sleeping well, to advice on dealing with trauma, nutrition, exercise and injury prevention Shout!Podcast aims to help you live healthier and happier. Hosted by Kim Robson and produced by The Fire Fighters Charity’s extensive team of specialist exercise and psychological therapists, Shout!Podcast also offers you the chance to share your stories and ask those questions that you’ve always wanted to know the answer to. You can find out more and take part in the show at www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/shoutpodcast
Podcast Plus - Guided Mindful Walk
Kirsty Gladdis leads us on a guided walk through the wilderness (or wherever you maybe).Take a set of headphones and head out for a walk from your front door with this 10 minute mindfulness exercise.
The benefits of being outdoors
As clocks go forward and we edge ever closer to some semblance of normality, more and more of us will be looking forward to spending time outdoors – and, as we discuss in this week’s episode of Shout!Podcast, it could be hugely beneficial to our physical and mental health. Charity Nursing Lead Kath Savage sits down with host, Kim, to share how simple things like gardening can not only get our bodies moving and stretching, but also improve the health of our bones, teeth and muscles. Meanwhile, Shilla Patel, Inclusion Manager for London Fire Brigade, reveals how a “life changing” stay at Harcombe House made her appreciate the power of green spaces in improving her own mental wellbeing. You can see Shilla’s full story here. Shilla: “It’s so tiring, having to wear a mask every day, so it’s nice to be able to take that mask off” – The Fire Fighters Charity And we meet Simon Jakeman from London Fire Brigade who is busy encouraging other firefighters to enjoy nature in an urban environment. He reveals how his vision has literally grown from a few tomatoes in a fire bucket to a string of green spaces in stations right across the country. Support the show (https://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/donate)
The benefits of physical activity
It’s no secret that regular physical activity has a positive impact on your body – but it can also improve your mental wellbeing too. We are delving into this topic in our health and wellbeing Shout!Podcast this week, with the Charity’s physiotherapist Laura Connolly and senior exercise therapist Kelly Brown sitting down with host, Kim, to share how something as simple as walking the dog, or carrying your shopping, can improve your overall mental wellness. Meanwhile, retired London firefighter Stuart Rye reveals how his incredible fundraising effort - which saw him cycle the four compass points of mainland Britain to raise vital funds for the Charity - improved his own mental wellbeing after a harrowing incident. Finally, Laura and Kelly discuss how finding something you enjoy and that motivates you is the key to success. Support the show (https://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/donate)
Podcast Plus - Relaxation - World Sleep Day
For World Sleep Day, here's a bonus episode of our Podcast Plus, featuring a relaxation brought to you by Mary, one of our Nursing Team based at Jubilee House. Set aside 10 minutes to listen, relax and unwind. And don't forget you can find other resources online at www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/sleep
Long-term success with making healthy lifestyle changes
What is the secret to long-term success when it comes to healthy lifestyle changes? This is the topic we’re kicking off the new season of our health and wellbeing Shout!Podcast with. This week, Assessment Practitioner Liz James sits down with our host, Kim, to chat through why and how we should be changing our habits for the benefit of our overall health, and why starting small is your best chance of success. County Durham Firefighter Paul Bainbridge shares his incredible fundraising story about running three miles every day for our Charity and the relationship he’s discovered between his physical and mental health. If you’d like to, you can donate to his fundraising efforts here. Finally, after a year spent struggling to find motivation to do very much, our Senior Exercise Therapist Kirsty Gladdis chats with Kim about setting SMART goals to inspire us to stay motivated and achieve all that we want to.
Reflecting on Spirit of Fire, services during lockdown and winter fundraising
This week we take a look back at our first ever virtual Spirit of Fire Awards, introduced by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and talk to our winners to find out what the recognition means to them. We also speak to our four of the Charity’s services leads to find out how you can still access the support you need during lockdown and what you can expect from a visit to one of the centres once things get back to some kind of normal. We’ve got great advice on fundraising through the winter, and we round off with more of your incredible achievements over the past few weeks.
Full of interest
Ok, so I’m not a firefighter but this podcast is informative and engaging. Nicely presented. A five star experience and I am looking forward to the next edition.
Top first episode!
Really engaging topics. Looking forward to more of this!
Some really informative bits in there... plus some motivation to raise some money for this much needed charity! Bravo!