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Daves of the Week Radio Show 19.06.2015.

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Daves of the Week Radio Show 19.06.2015.

On our latest show of Daves of the Week on Surrey Hills Community Radio we discuss and explore ten facts about dementia. Listen back on Mixcloud and please add your thoughts or comments. We would love to hear from you.

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Daves of the week – 19 06 2015 by Surrey Hills Community Radio on Mixcloud

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Daves of the Week Radio Show 8.5.2015.

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Daves of the Week Radio Show 8.5.2015.

On our show last week we interviewed Vanessa Smith from The Brigette Trust on their work supporting hospice patients and carers in their own homes and how they work with our featured charities St Cathetine’s and Princess Alice Hospices. We discuss various areas of mental health and hospices as well as play some good music. Click the link below to listen back on Mixcloud.

The Importance of Volunteers for Hospices and Charities – Daves of the Week Radio Show.

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The Importance of Volunteers for Hospices and Charities – Daves of the Week Radio Show.

On our latest show we look at how important volunteers are for hospices specifically and for charities in general. We have interviews from both of our featured charities Princess Alice Hospice and St Catherine’s Hospice. The first is with Giles Tomsett – CEO and Dr Patricia Brayden from St Catherine’s Hospice. The second is with Zoe Byrne – Volunteer Manager at Princess Alice Hospice. We ask (and answer) the question of ‘If you were made Prime Minister tomorrow, what would you do?’. We also give our thoughts on why volunteering is so important, Dave S gives his top eight reasons to volunteer and we play some good music as well. Please feel free to comment if you listen to the show.

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Daves of the week – 01 05 2015 by Surrey Hills Community Radio on Mixcloud

My Tie Diary – Raising Awareness of Mental Health.

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My Tie Diary – Raising Awareness of Mental Health.

On the Daves of the Week radio show I co-host, I had the good fortune to interview and learn about a young gentleman called George Hunter and his lovely mum Gillian who have set up the My Tie Diary campaign to raise awareness of mental health. As this subject is close to my heart, I wanted to give George some much deserved promotion.

George is 17 years old and he has decided to promote awareness of mental health in a rather unusual, yet very inventive way. George is wearing a different tie everyday of the school year and his campaign is based around the concept that no-one should feel alone when dealing with mental health issues and that it is fine to talk about this subject without feeling ashamed.

The ties come into it in a few ways. The different ties represent that we are individuals and that not two people are alike. George also uses the ties he is sent to sell in charity shops to raise money for Mind and Young Mind and also has the plan to auction ties from celebrities to raise money for a befriending scheme for the Mary Francis Trust.

I won’t give too many more details, as I am going to gently encourage you to pop over to his webpage and look for yourself. While you are there, if you feel inspired to donate a tie or donate money to the scheme you are in luck, as you can do both of those things on the webpage. Lastly, I would ask that you help spread awareness of what George is doing and what he hopes to achieve.

The link for the webpage is below.

http://www.mytiediary.co.uk/

As mentioned at the start of the post, I interviewed George and Gillian on the show, and if you would like to hear it you can do so on Mixcloud on the link below.

The interview starts at 26.51 but if you are feeling generous, you can listen to the rest of the show to boot.

Finally, you can listen back to past shows discussing charities, mental health and more on Mixcloud by searching for Daves of the Week.

Exploring mental health.

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Exploring mental health.

Over the past two months I have been carrying out interviews with members of staff and service users from two different charities for a featured charity segment on a radio show I co-host. On our show Daves of the Week on http://www.surreyhillsradio.co.uk/ we look at a charity for six weeks and promote their work and fund raising initiatives amongst other aspects of what they do. We have featured Combat Stress and are now with Mary Francis Trust. Aside from doing the interviews for the show, I have also found out a lot, and been made to think more about mental health as a concept. There has been too much to cover in one post, so I will explore different aspects in future posts, as well as new aspects when they come up.

One concept I found most interesting was from an interview with Patrick Volter CEO of Mary Francis Trust. In this he compared how people view their physical health as opposed to their mental health. Patrick spoke about how if someone has an issue with their physical health, they would not think twice about seeing their doctor. On the other hand, it seems people are less likely to take as much care over their mental health and see a doctor, for anxiety as an example. I can speak from personal experience of this being true. I resisted the urge to see a doctor about my depression for the longest time. I simply did not see it as connected to my physical health. This is why I think this is a good concept to be aware of. Emotional health needs as much care as physical health.

I wonder why people do this? What is it about feeling emotionally unwell that does not feel the same to people as feeling physically unwell? I think part of it is the way mental health is portrayed or thought of by the general public. Another part is how people with mental health issues think of themselves and what they think they deserve or need to help them cope. I remember thinking that I didn’t deserve any help as I was only feeling down, so I was as much as fault for not getting help as anything else. I don’t recall if I felt that I shouldn’t get help as being depressed was frowned upon by society, so I will not blame that as a reason for myself, but I do think it is a factor for others in not getting help when they need it.

Something I have learnt is that there seems to be an abundance of services to help people with varying degrees of mental health. Talking to the Mary Francis Trust, I have found that the range of services they offer is amazing. From minor to major mental health issues, there is something to help people in numerous ways. The same can be said for services like Samaritans; they are there 24/7 for people to simply talk to, but not everyone knows they are there. Which is why I will mention a request that came from an interview. If you are at a doctors or at the hospital and you know about services that might help people, let the doctors or nurses know because they simply might not have heard of the service before. Or if you know someone that might benefit from a service, then let them know. This is a very simple way to raise awareness and could potentially be of use to someone further down the line.

One of the things I find hardest to deal with when doing the interviews or talking about it on the show is the thought of people suffering in silence or for want of knowing about a service that could help them breaks my heart. I do applaud the drives in social care to confront and alleviate the isolation that people can feel when they have a mental health issue. To show them that support for them is available if they need it is a wonderful. I only hope more people find out about them and access them to make their lives better.

Another aspect I found out about was the struggle charities can have with the media trying to report aspects of their work in a sensationalist fashion. An example would be the reporting of a soldier with PTSD lashing out violently in public. The actual facts do not seem to matter as much as the juiciness of the story, which I find both sad and aggravating. Not only do charities have to try and raise awareness of what they do and the people they do it for, they also have to fight against a media that cares not for the details and more on the impact the headlines have.

Another example is the front page reporting of the German pilot who crashed an airplane into the mountain. Naturally, I have nothing but sympathy for the families and friends involved in this tragic story. It did bother and make me angry that the some paper’s front page headlines ran with ‘Madman in the Cockpit’ style reporting. Or I should say ‘reported’ depression as it is not clear if this was what he was actually suffering from or the reason he did what he did.

I think what makes me angriest is the concept that seems to come across of ‘He was depressed so he flew his plane into a mountain. This makes sense.’ It really doesn’t make sense. Did anyone think about this logic before they said it? Or what is worse, what if people thought about it and knew that it did not make sense and published it because it was inflammatory and likely to cause a stir. How does this widespread speculation help anyone, let alone someone who has any form of mental health related issues to see their conditions being portrayed in this way? Irresponsible does not even come close.

I think that mental health awareness is getting better, then I see the headlines from yesterday and I am reminded that there is a long way to go. Still, I have to hope in the long term it will become something that is understood more clearly, services to help people are more widely known and that people with mental health issues know that there are things that can help them. Until then, I will do what I can in my small way to help that come about.

If you have any thoughts or comments, I would love to hear them.

Take care buddies,

David.

Daves of the Week – First Show.

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Daves of the Week – First Show.

We did our first show on Friday 16th Jan and I must say I had a fantastic time.

Let me set the scene for you. I walked to the station an hour before the show started as we wanted to get ready and try and calm down before the show at 9.00pm. This only partially worked. Nothing was going to allay our nerves completely. I arrived. The lights were on and the foyer looked busy. ‘Ooh,’ I thought. ‘They are throwing us a party to celebrate.’ Have I mentioned before I have a slightly overactive imagination?

In fact, it was more awesome than a party. A group of local Scouts were on the show before us taking turns to talk to the presenter about all things Scouty. How cool is that? Seriously, what a great experience to be given. I even heard how to make a fire, which is good as it has been a very long time since I was a Scout so I have no chance of remembering.

Then before we knew it was time to go on air. Our very kindly, patient and helpful Phil reminded us how to operate the controls. I was the pilot for the evening so I was in charge of the little beauty below. I am a bit of a geek at heart but look at the technological wonder of it. So many lights and switches. Oooh!

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Fun story. Five minutes before we went live, the computer decided to be funny and re-boot the system. This entailed it having to reload the 28,000 songs on the system. We were told ‘This virtually never happens.’ So I just laughed and thought ‘Lucky us.’ Seriously, it was fine. I am a little bit impressed it didn’t throw us off our game, well, if we had any game to begin with, but I think we managed with admirable English resolve. Stiff upper lip and all that.

I managed not to break the controls or have dead air (Yay me!) and I think I ran the controls smoothly enough. I am being gentle on myself as it was my first time. (That sounds a bit dodgy right?) Anyways, we had a very kind person mention that they could hear us rubbing our hands together when on air. The microphones are very sensitive and this combined with my excessive palm sweat due to nerves (yes, I know, I am a sexy beast) meant that people could hear it. I apologised and sat on my hands.

I also had a very bad back (I still do) so I was kindly given some painkillers. I did feel a bit rock and roll as within twenty minutes of being on air I was popping pills. Paracetamols for a bad back is not exactly Keith Moon drug use, but still…a tiny bit rock and roll? Surely?

The first hour was a bit bitty, but we relaxed more in the second half and things went more smoothly. We even got some people to message us with song requests and comments for our discussion topic, which is not bad for a first show. The time flew by and we were into the last ten minutes of the show.

After the show we even got to record a quick voice over to advertise our show on the station. It took thirty seconds. Seriously, I have said it once and I will say it again. Technology is awesome.

Feeling slightly dehydrated through nervous sweat and excited/relieved the first show being done, we went to a pub across the road for a celebratory pint. Which I think is altogether the correct thing to do.

Our second show is Friday 23rd Jan. Things will really start to ramp up in Feb as we have a few new things for the show and other exciting shenanigans.

You can find out more on our FB page

https://www.facebook.com/davesoftheweek

and while you are there, please feel free to like, share, tell your friends etc.

Take care buddies,

David.

Daves of the Week – A Surrey Hills Community Radio show.

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Daves of the Week – A Surrey Hills Community Radio show.

I want you to imagine a fanfare and a drum roll in your head as I do not know how to convey those noises via the written word. (Got that noise going in your noggin?. Good, then I will begin).

I am co-hosting a new radio show called ‘Daves of the Week’ on Surrey Hills Community Radio starting on the 16th January 2015 9.00pm-11.00pm. Needless to say I am very excited. Like many things I get excited about I do not technically have any experience of hosting a radio show. I see no reason to let a little thing like this stop me from trying. Everyone is a novice at the start of something. Except prodigies, and frankly, that is just cheating.

I am taking it seriously though. I have done my research and done what I usually do when faced with a problem; think about it incessantly. I have got the first show pretty much mapped out. It will be a mix of discussion of community topics, music, games and we are going to try and focus on local charities. This is the plan anyways. Mice and men and all that.

If you are at all interested (or if you are not interested and want to help me out) you can visit our Facebook page on

https://www.facebook.com/davesoftheweek?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

or tweet us at

https://twitter.com/davesoftheweek

or you can Instagram us at

http://instagram.com/davesoftheweeksurreyhills/

We would love it if you would like to make song requests, message the show, suggest topic to be discussed and make contact.

The show itself can be listened to on

http://www.surreyhillsradio.co.uk/

and it will also be uploaded to Mixcloud if you can’t listen to the show live

http://www.mixcloud.com/

If you could spare the time to share, like, tweet etc the show, I would be very greatful. As it is an online station, it can be listened to anywhere, so people from around the world, please feel free to join in.

Take care buddies,

David.