Bra-vo!

When Janice Holmes popped into the studio at the beginning of June to launch her Bring Out Your Bras! appeal, the Girls Around Town were confident she’d have plenty of support from the ladies of Newark and beyond…

But who could have imagined that, two months on, a staggering 8,000-plus bras are now in a container that will shortly be heading out to Gambia to await her arrival there in November?

And that ‘beyond’ wouldn’t just mean across Nottinghamshire and the UK but all the way to Australia?!

Still reeling from the response, Janice will be back on the show next weekend to describe the impact the venture will have on the lives of all the Gambian girls and women who will soon be wearing their first ever bras.

Joining her next Sunday will be Sylvia Morgan, founder of the New Life Children’s Centres charity. She’ll be giving June an insight into the work it does, providing a future for more than 1,300 children by giving them access to free education and health care and offering outreach programmes to the local communities for hundreds more children and families.

Tune in or listen online from 10am to hear what Janice and Sylvia have to say…

One thing’s for sure, there’ll be a huge ‘thank you’ in there somewhere from them both to everyone whose generosity has made this appeal such a resounding success.

How creative leadership skills can help change lives

As a university lecturer, Debby Cozins has used coaching strategies to support students’ development for many years.

Inspired by the impact of one of the courses she delivers, she’s now set out to share her expertise with a wider audience by writing a book based on its content and she’ll be joining the Girls Around Town on this week’s show to explain why…

The course, Professional Practice and Leadership in Educational Contexts, offers her students the chance to explore and develop qualities needed for creative leadership. “Learning these skills as adults can be challenging because it means overturning habits, often deeply embedded, that have been learned through interaction with other people and from life experiences,” she says.

“If children were taught these skills from the outset, it could offer them the opportunity to live happier, more effective and more successful lives. And, taking this a step further, embedding the teaching of these skills into the education curriculum, could have a positive impact on society as a whole.”

Debby’s book will help parents and teachers set the process in motion, covering topics such as

  • Our amazing brain and habits
  • The ‘Luck’ factor
  • The ‘Fear’ factor
  • Beliefs we hold about ourselves and what we are capable of
  • Flexible action planning
  • Personal growth and change
  • Bounce-back-ability – the importance of being resilient
  • The ‘other people’ factor – interdependence, really listening, the importance of contributing, values and principles
  • Adapting successful business models of leadership for personal use

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to find out what led Debby to write the book and how implementing the strategies it explores can change young people’s lives for the better.