This episode introduces us to Chrissy, a woman who has many strings to her bow, including being a tutor, a coach and a poet. She was living on her own in London when the lockdown was announced and she found herself feeling particularly isolated. As a result, when there was a call for people to help at her local food bank, she answered that call immediately.
This episode of Our Voices looks at the heartbreaking struggle of Ross: a son, father and finacé who took his own life in the midst of lockdown at the age of 31. We hear from Ross’s father, Mike, who reflects on the challenges his son faced and how, as a society, we could do more to help those who are battling serious mental health challenges.
This episode takes a contemporary look at the Olympic experience through the story of Holly Bradshaw. She is a pole vaulter who is preparing to compete in her 3rd Olympic Games in Tokyo. Holly talks about the anxieties she experienced as a child when doing sport for the first time and how these anxieties resurfaced as she was exposed to the challenges that come with being a high-profile athlete.
In the first episode of this new series of Our Voices, we hear Kathy’s story. Kathy is a former Olympic sprinter. She is a three-time bronze medallist and competed for Great Britain at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic games. She recounts her journey into sprinting and the experiences that helped to shape her achievements.
In this episode we are introduced to Helen: a woman who has, in her own words, “one of the best jobs ever.” Helen’s job is to recruit nurses from abroad to work in the NHS. She describes her job as being very busy, with a daughter and three step-sons, she also has an extremely busy home-life, yet, she describes herself as being blessed: “I get to meet people with so many wonderful stories to tell from all parts of the world.”
This episode of Our Voices focuses on the experiences of Ellie, an occupational therapist who began working for the NHS in July 2020 during the height of the pandemic. Ellie describes her initial experiences of working in the NHS as being a long way from what she had envisioned. She relates being initially confronted with ill patients being ventilated on tubes: “it was really difficult seeing what covid had done to people”.
In this episode we are introduced to Sophie who is an occupational therapist. During the height of the pandemic, she worked in an acute stroke ward where she was charged with caring for patients who had experienced significant cognitive, physical or sensory deficits. It was her role to help these patients attempt to regain independence in their lives.