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Isha Kamara on Kickoff@3 tournament win

Isha Kamara on the importance of community events and her experiences from a recent Kickoff@3 tournament.


SAHAAS – what it is, what it does, the role it plays

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society (also known as SAHAAS or Arc & Arc), here again is an interview with the Society's President, Sandy Walkington, first broadcast on Local Life a couple of years ago. As well as plenty about the Society, this conversation with Rob Pearman [...]


Rough sleepers safely inside

There is nationwide concern that rough sleepers - taken safely off the streets at the start of the lockdown in March - are once again at risk as winter approaches and the pandemic is still all around. Most local authorities had no option but to place them in hotel accommodation which they then had to [...]


If redundancy comes knocking…

With the government's furlough scheme due to close at the end of October, many will be anxious about the possibility of redundancy. There is no easy solution, but it's best to know your rights in advance. On Local Life, June Chapman, CEO of Citizens Advice St Albans, offered seven critical tips for those facing the [...]

MacIntyre Charity

Jennifer Marshall, Regional Children’s Home Manager for MacIntryre Charity, explains how this local organisation supports children with often complex learning disabilities such as autism, helping them to develop skills for adult life. Youngsters who seek continuity in their daily life were especially at risk during the Covid-19 lockdown but learned to cope and develop against [...]


St Albans Foodbank and Covid-19

The pandemic and subsequent lock-down brought additional financial difficulties to even more local individuals and families. But St Albans Foodbank - assisted by other local charities, volunteers and generous donors - continues to provide critical support, as Emma Dalton explains in this telephone interview...


New charity song to benefit St Albans

Phil Richards plays a new charity release which aims to raise funds for various community groups in St Albans.


Advice on housing problems

June Chapman offers advice on one of the most frequent questions asked - what to do when I cannot pay my housing costs during the lock-down?


Six questions about Universal Credit during Covid-19

June Chapman, CEO of Citizens Advice St Albans, answers six of the questions about Universal Credit that have been asked most frequently since the lock-down began.


Citizens Advice during Covid-19

June Chapman, CEO of Citizens Advice St Albans, explains how this critical support service is operating on the phone and online during the current crisis, which has forced the temporary closure of CA offices. June provides details including the dedicated local phone line and email address.


St Albans Environmental Hustings 2019

St Albans' parliamentary candidates answer questions on their policies to address the climate and ecological crises facing us. This was recorded at Trinity URC St Albans on Tue 3 Dec 2019.


National Allotment week Special

The Good Morning St Albans team got together with the Cottonmill & Nunnery Allotment Association to explore the benefits of allotments and the effects of the River Ver development on the allotment for this National Allotment week special. Join Jonny Seabrook and Lady Jen as they explore the Cottonmill allotment with allotment holders Keith and [...]



Hertbeats is a local group committed to helping all who have experienced coronary problems and their families, as well as those with concerns about this medical condition. It's about exercise, nutrition, life habits and prevention. Brian Gibson also explains the importance of checking young people who are actively engaged in sport - working with Cardiac [...]

Herts Vision Loss

Jo Carter, CEO of Herts Vision Loss, explains to Rob Pearman the role and operation of this County-wide charity working with and for those local people with visual impairment.

Scams – online, by phone, in print

Sue Shanahan, Senior Trading Standards Officer, explains to Rob Pearman the tricks that scammers get up to online, on the phone and in print - how to spot them and what to do when you encounter them. Scamming is easier than robbing a bank!

A few favourites from 2018

At the start of a new year of interviews with local people, Rob Pearman takes a look back at some of his favourite extracts from around 30 interviews recorded for Local Life over the past 12 months - with topics ranging from fostering to refugees, from homelesness to mental health, and much more including some musical [...]

Centre 33

Peter Graham, a Trustee and long-time volunteer at Centre 33, tells Rob Pearman about the work of the St Albans 'drop-in' facility which provides food, hot drinks, clothing and more for those who are homeless, sofa-surfing or otherwise in need of assistance. Listen in.

St Albans & District Food Bank

Emma Dalton, Manager of our local Food Bank, explains how this critical service operates and when, who it serves and why it is needed - even in what we usually think of as a prosperous District. Emma also describes the various roles that volunteers fill, explains what sorts of food and other items they need, [...]

Herts Welcomes Syrian Families

Irene Austin, of Herts Welcomes Syrian Families, is joined by a member of one of the Syrian families welcomed to the County. Together they provide a picture of what life became for this family in their homeland and why they had to leave, as well as of the work that HWSF is doing to support the [...]

Hertfordshire’s Great War & The Half Shilling Curate

Two articles from Hertfordshire Life Magazine (November 2018) help provide context and background to the impact of WWI on our County and District. Recorded by volunteer readers at St Albans & District Talking Newspaper by kind permission of the Editor.