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Mental Health - Speak Up Sunderland LIVE #3

5/18/2019
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This episode of the Speak Up Sunderland podcast carries a trigger warning: Our guests talk about attempted suicide, depression, panic attacks, and lived mental health experiences. Another bumper episode, recorded at our last Speak Up Sunderland LIVE event at The Peacock in April; in collaboration of Katie Baggott, founder of the 'S.O.S. Sunderland Opinion and Stories' website. This episode features: Claire Coulthard, the founder of peer support group Red Balloons, who shared about the...

Duration:00:43:50

Stars of Sunderland 2 - Paige Hunter

4/26/2019
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This episode of the Speak Up Sunderland podcast carries a trigger warning: We talk about attempted suicide, post traumatic stress, substance abuse, and mental health issues - with people who have lived mental health experience. Local inspiration 18-year-old Paige was commended by the Northumbria Police for her project called 'Notes on the Wear', where she single-handedly attached 40 different messages to Sunderland's Wearmouth bridge last year. The idea; that if she could save even one...

Duration:00:40:30

Stars of Sunderland 1 - Kate Townsend

3/29/2019
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Meet the Sunderland woman who's working to put herself out of a job... Alreeet! We're proud to launch a new project as part of Speak Up Sunderland... It's called "Stars of Sunderland". It's all about highlighting the work of exceptional individuals or organisations in Sunderland that go above and beyond for the community. In this first episode, journalist James Barker who's heading up our "Stars of Sunderland" project introduces the idea at our first LIVE event, and our Betty nominated...

Duration:00:25:58

Marty Longstaff - Speak Up Sunderland LIVE #2

3/1/2019
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Alreet! We're back, live from the Peacock in Sunderland city centre on Wednesday, with Sunderland-based singer & songwriter Marty Longstaff (a.k.a. The Lake Poets). You may know Marty's song "Shipyards" as the title track on the Netflix documentary series "Sunderland 'Til I Die", detailing a difficult season for the SAFC (Sunderland Association Football Club), produced by Fulwell 73... But tonight, in front of a live audience, Marty shared the origins of this beautiful, heart-wrenching...

Duration:00:54:42

Sunderland Foodbank Network - Speak Up Sunderland LIVE at the Peacock #1

2/5/2019
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Alreeeet! Welcome to our very first Speak Up Sunderland Live podcast! This is part one. We're so thrilled to have recorded in front of a live audience - huge thanks to our friends at the Peacock in Sunderland city centre. Kate Townsend, the Coordinator of the Sunderland Foodbank Network joined us to share about the hugely important service they provide to at-need residents of Sunderland, and the future plans of their food collections. And a surprise guest to the mic, University of...

Duration:00:27:46

017 - Addiction and Homelessness

1/11/2019
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Alreet! A bit of a hard-hitting episode from the outset this week. Craig Hilton, the Manager of the Salvation Army's Swan Lodge Lifehouse in Sunderland, and Deb Fozzard, Director of the Sunderland Connect Network, joined us in the studio to talk addiction and homelessness in Sunderland. --- --- --- Speak Up Sunderland is a weekly podcast, proudly made in Sunderland and about Sunderland! Our hosts are Betty Ball and Stevie B, with music by Timecrawler 82, and our producer is Jay...

Duration:00:45:11

016 - Holiday Special

12/23/2018
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Happy Holidays from us at Speak Up Sunderland! As a present for you, we've made an extra-special, bumped stuffed selection box of an episode, for you to enjoy with your "nog negg". Erm... "egg nog"! With special thanks to Sharon Appleby and Natalie Dellow of the Sunderland Bid, for making this episode possible, and for championing businesses in Sunderland. Today, meet the young people's choir from Sunderland College, and Nicola Gallagher who's their Specialist Speech and Language...

Duration:00:31:54

015 - Best Place to Live in the UK

12/21/2018
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We might be biased. We think Sunderland is the best place to live in the UK. But, apparently, we're not alone. According to a recent survey by finance firm OneFamily, Sunderland has been voted the best city to live in the UK if you're under 30 - based on affordability of living, property prices, commuting costs, and satisfaction and "happiness" levels. Not everyone agrees. Talk Radio presenter Mike Graham called our city "ghastly" - despite never being himself. Apparently he couldn't find...

Duration:00:25:49

014 - Cash 4 Calendars

11/29/2018
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Today, we bring you the "Cash 4 Calendars" campaign! Speak Up Sunderland host Betty Ball teamed up with Kate Townsend, the Sunderland Foodbank Coordinator, to raise £500 - enough to buy an advent calendar for every kid in Sunderland who depends on the food banks, and would otherwise miss out on the countdown to Christmas. But they smashed the target! At the moment, the total stands at over £1,600, including over 500 advent calendars, for children in Sunderland. As Betty's a Breakfast...

Duration:00:28:48

013 - #WeArExperimenting

11/17/2018
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Today, we meet the eccentrically down-to-earth Jo Howell - artist behind the #WeArExperimenting project. This Arts Council England project brings experimental photography to Sunderland - a series of workshops about creating photography using household objects such as tin cans and dustbins. #WeArExperimenting finishes with an exhibition - which you can go see (and create some photos in) at Mackie's Corner in Sunderland until December 1st. Follow our journey on Twitter -...

Duration:00:22:34

012 - Supafly for a White Guy

10/12/2018
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Ever heard a guy get laser tattoo removal surgery on a podcast? Didn't think so. (We don't like to play it safe here on Speak Up Sunderland!) Oh yeah. On this week's episode, Betty Ball challenges Stevie B to go under the laser, and get the tattoo of his ex-wife's name removed. This episode is proudly made in partnership with brothers Will and Dan, of 'Supafly Wills Tattooz' in Hetton-Le-Hole. Thanks to their support! And YOU get to vote on what we scar him with for life! Listen to find...

Duration:00:27:09

011 - Picnic

10/5/2018
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Alreeeet! Welcome to Speak Up Sunderland! Join Betty Ball & Stevie B for this weekly podcast, proudly made both in and about Sunderland! Today, our hosts meet Robyn & Eddie from the band Picnic - based in Sunderland, they're a seven piece jazz / alternative / pop ensemble, and their music is going from strength to strength. Join us as we chat origins, passions, industry realities, the Sunderland vs. Newcastle scene, and what's ahead for these rising stars on Sunderland's music...

Duration:00:39:34

010 - Photographer Ryan Booth

9/26/2018
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Alreeeet! Welcome to Speak Up Sunderland! Join Betty Ball & Stevie B for this weekly podcast, proudly made both in and about Sunderland! Today, Stevie learns to "SUCK IT IN", shows off his brick, and Betty gets a little too wet in the fountains. Why? Our friends met with Ryan Booth, an emerging photographer based in Sunderland, and travelled to three of the locations we put in Betty's hat last week. Follow our journey on Twitter - @SpeakUpSun. Featuring music by Timecrawler...

Duration:00:32:31

009 - Sunderland's Landmarks

9/19/2018
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Alreeeet! Welcome to Speak Up Sunderland! Join Betty Ball & Jay... I mean Stevie B for this weekly podcast, proudly made both in and about Sunderland! Join us, and let us "envelop" you in the "warm, moist" sounds of this episode as our friends pick 5 locations each in Sunderland, to have their photos taken. This is the first of a two-part episode; next week we'll be meeting with Sunderland-based photographer Ryan Booth, and racing around the city with Ryan's lens. Follow our journey on...

Duration:00:22:09

008 - Belle of the Back Streets

9/12/2018
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Alreeeet! Welcome to Speak Up Sunderland! Join Betty Ball & Stevie B for this weekly podcast, proudly made both in and about Sunderland! A few weeks back, writer Glenda Young got in touch with us over Twitter. She's recently signed a three-book deal with Headline Publishing, and is due to release her debut fiction novel "Belle of the Back Streets' in November. The books are based in Ryhope, where she was born, so Glenda offered to take us on a tour of her village. How could we not jump at...

Duration:00:39:13

007 - Northern Spire

9/5/2018
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Alreeeet! Welcome to Speak Up Sunderland! Join Betty Ball & Stevie B for this weekly podcast, proudly made both in and about Sunderland! Last week, we visited the opening of the Northern Spire bridge; connecting the two areas of Pallion & Castletown together across the river Wear. After just over three years of construction over the past three years, the bridge was opened to pedestrians on Tuesday August 28th. We met with visitors to the bridge, and two counsellors behind the...

Duration:00:27:00

006 - Ask Betty & Stevie

8/27/2018
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Alreeeet! Welcome to Speak Up Sunderland! Join Betty Ball & Stevie B for this weekly podcast, proudly made both in and about Sunderland! This is our first "Q&A" style episode. Questions about the show, and about our hosts. You asked - and betty & Stevie answered. You also helped suggest some general Sunderland knowledge questions, to test how much they really know the city. Thanks to our contributors; Abi Fullerton, Vin Todd, Ryan Booth, Marge Surtees, Miranda Ashitey & Stephanie...

Duration:00:22:04

005 - Roker Pier and Lighthouse

8/21/2018
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Alreeeet! Welcome to Speak Up Sunderland! Join Betty Ball & Stevie B for this weekly podcast, proudly made both in and about Sunderland! Last week, for the first time ever in its history, the Roker Pier and Lighthouse opened to the public. Originally built between 1885 and 1903, the lighthouse had fallen into disrepair, until restoration work began just six years ago, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sunderland City Council. Eager to find out more, we spoke to volunteers &...

Duration:00:43:44

004 - National Glass Centre

8/14/2018
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Alreeeet! Welcome to Speak Up Sunderland! Join Betty Ball & Stevie B for this weekly podcast, proudly made both in and about Sunderland! This week, Betty & Steve enjoy a free glass blowing demonstration at the National Glass Centre, based here in Sunderland. Featuring interviews with; Follow our journey on Twitter - @SpeakUpSun. Featuring music by Timecrawler 82. Edited by Jay Sykes. A Jammy Audio production.

Duration:00:26:27

003 - National Mackem Day

8/7/2018
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Alreeeet! Welcome to Speak Up Sunderland! Join Betty Ball & Stevie B for this new weekly podcast - proudly made in, and about, Sunderland! This Sunday (12th August) it's National Mackem Day - why aye! To celebrate, Betty & Steve hit the streets of Sunderland with the Mackem Dictionary - to hear how many phrases the people of Sunderland know. Featuring the author of the Mackem Dictionary, Paul Swinney. And the voices of Joan and George, Daisy and Callum, Pat and Margaret, and our honorary...

Duration:00:29:38