24 episodes

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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    • Society & Culture

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

    Belmira Monteiro ‘Getting Outdoors, Building Communities’

    Belmira Monteiro ‘Getting Outdoors, Building Communities’

    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.
     
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    • 10 min
    Steve  Arnott and Dave  Okwesia  ‘Changing Lives with the Hull Beats  Bus’ 

    Steve  Arnott and Dave  Okwesia  ‘Changing Lives with the Hull Beats  Bus’ 

    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.  

      

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    • 12 min
    Dan Dewsbury ‘Telling Stories through Documentary'

    Dan Dewsbury ‘Telling Stories through Documentary'

    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

    • 35 min
    Peter Mitchell ‘Out of the Madness, Into the Light’ 

    Peter Mitchell ‘Out of the Madness, Into the Light’ 

    Peter Mitchell, a former journalist and television executive, has been in recovery from alcoholism for 10 years. He is Chief Executive of the Road to Recovery Trust, a Newcastle-based charity that supports 12-step, abstinence-based recovery from addictions. He believes addicts face many barriers to recovery but one of the hardest to overcome is the image of the disease itself. While society is quick to praise those in recovery, it’s likely to brand those in active addiction as weak-willed. There is a need for better-funded treatment and a greater understanding of this much misunderstood condition.
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    • 13 min
    Jonny Benjamin ‘The Journey to Hope and Recovery’

    Jonny Benjamin ‘The Journey to Hope and Recovery’

    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.
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    • 14 min
    Brigitte Aphrodite ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’

    Brigitte Aphrodite ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’

    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. 

     

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    • 15 min

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