107 episodes

The Expanding Worlds podcast Shares Stories and Shares Solutions to expand what people believe is possible. We talk to individuals and organisations who are driving change to enable people with Additional Needs to live the independent lives they aspire to.

The Expanding Worlds Podcast Debra Caldow

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

The Expanding Worlds podcast Shares Stories and Shares Solutions to expand what people believe is possible. We talk to individuals and organisations who are driving change to enable people with Additional Needs to live the independent lives they aspire to.

    106 Grace Eyre Profile Series - A Place To Call Home

    106 Grace Eyre Profile Series - A Place To Call Home

    Moving into a place of our own is a major life event. For a person with additional needs it can often be the first significant step on their journey to greater independence.  Just what that place might look like and how it all works is the focus of this episode with Chris Hill, Head of Housing & Estates at Grace Eyre. Chris explains the different housing options that are available.  He also talks about how housing preferences and the level of support needed will inevitably change over time as well as the importance of finding people the right place to call home, not just a place to live. 
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    Grace Eyre https://www.grace-eyre.org/
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    • 21 min
    105 Grace Eyre Profile - Creating A Roadmap To Navigate The Future

    105 Grace Eyre Profile - Creating A Roadmap To Navigate The Future

    The future can be scary if you really don't know what your options are. Having a roadmap with ideas of where to start would help and what that involves is the topic of this episode with Tom Conroy, the new business manager at Grace Eyre. Tom talks about not only his role as the first point of contact and what that can mean from identifying employment opportunities to explaining housing options, but also the challenges of the role. These challenges often occur because people are unaware of their options. Tom explains what a transition roadmap should look like and how having one would make the future not only easier to navigate but might also open up more opportunities that haven't been previously considered.
    Grace Eyre https://www.grace-eyre.org/
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    • 15 min
    104 Grace Eyre Profile - Looking Back To Move Forward

    104 Grace Eyre Profile - Looking Back To Move Forward

    Welcome to the first episode of this Profile Series on The Grace Eyre Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting people with additional needs to live their lives exactly how they want to. In this episode I’m talking to Jackie Reeve about the Sharing Our Voices project. This episode is about starting at the beginning, looking at the history of the organization not just from a timeline perspective but from what can be learnt from history. You will hear from Jackie how this project provided not only a better understanding of how the Grace Eyre Foundation came into existence but also the impact it had on the lives of the individuals who got to share their stories. All effective organizations change over time, this project, initiated by Grace Eyre, illustrates the right way to look back at the past and learn from it to move forward.
    Grace Eyre https://www.grace-eyre.org/
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    • 18 min
    103 Bridging The Gap - The Role of Parents - Things we can do For and things we can do With

    103 Bridging The Gap - The Role of Parents - Things we can do For and things we can do With

    The Bridging The Gap series has been all about highlighting some of the organisations that are providing solutions for young people, so they have more options when they want to move from school into employment. The key is to both engage with potential employers as well as provide young people with the skills and support they need. 
    But the role parents play in bridging the gap shouldnt be forgotten. In this solo episode I talk about what we as parents can do For and With our children to ensure we set them up for a successful transition from school towards a life with purpose. 
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    • 8 min
    102 Bridging The Gap - Forward2Employment: Reimagining The Future

    102 Bridging The Gap - Forward2Employment: Reimagining The Future

    In this part 2 of my conversation with the team at Forward2Employment (F2E) the focus is on the role of the job coach as well as hearing from current interns and from graduates of the supported internships program. 
    Two of the job coaches, Robert Harris and Christine Richards, talk about why their role encompasses more than just coaching the intern in the workplace but also helping them build the skills they need as they move on from this program. 
    We hear from some of the current interns about why they chose the supported internships route and what positive impacts they've already seen from being involved. Two successful graduates of the program, who have transitioned into employment, talk about their journey and what being in a paid job means to them. 
    The F2E supported internship program has already proven that when the right support is in place and the right people are involved then change will happen. 
    Visit the podcast website https://expandingworlds.com/
    Forward2Employment: https://www.forward2employment.co.uk/
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    Please take a minute to review the show on Apple Podcasts 🙏
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    • 20 min
    101 Bridging The Gap - Forward2Employment: Building The Foundations For Change

    101 Bridging The Gap - Forward2Employment: Building The Foundations For Change

    In this episode of the Bridging The Gap series I’m talking to the team at Forward2Employment (F2E) about their supported internships program. This episode is really about getting the foundations in place with Liz Halton, the Head of F2E, explaining why the program came about and how it was created as well as the vision of F2E to change the employment expectations of young people with additional needs. Angie Gillett, the Employment Engagement Officer, discusses how they have sold their vision to employers and along the way changed opinions about what young people are capable of, when given the right opportunities. Tina Pincott, a job coach at F2E, addresses the importance of training the other employees in an organisation and why it leads to increased understanding and greater potential for an inclusive workplace for everyone. 
    Like many organisations that support our young people F2E grew out of a gap in provision but they are doing more than just providing a single solution, they are changing the expectations of the young people they support,  the perceptions of the employers they work with and the attitudes of the communities they work in.
    Visit the podcast website https://expandingworlds.com/
    Forward2Employment: https://www.forward2employment.co.uk/
    Follow on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook 
    Please take a minute to review the show on Apple Podcasts 🙏
    Visit our sponsor site for resources to support you to build a better future for your child
    https://redgiraffesolutions.com/

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

NosyCraftswoman ,

Ways into work, Supported Internships Part 1

Great podcast with some real insight into how the supported internship programme is configured and how the young people develop as a result of their learning. What has stayed in my mind from this interview with Clare Cookson was what she said about how in education we celebrate a pass rate of 65% but there are many jobs in the “real world” which require 100% accuracy. Food for thought! I’m looking forward to part 2.

Adaeze, Eltham ,

Great for support

I want to be a support worker so I found this podcast to help me. I had a stroke at 24 and a bleed to the spine three years later. I’ve got transferable skills as two times in rehab is a lot!!!

Thank you for sharing it’s been eye opening.

Nannie C with the MBE ,

Mrs C

I cant thank Debra enough. so proffesional and patient. I wasn’t entirely sure what a Podcast was....But hey, I do now. Its great thank you very much for giving Pegasus an opportunity to raise awareness. Sue Clark MBE

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