Being there for others

Another busy Sunday coming up, with no fewer than three guests joining June on Girls Around Town this week…

And it’s all about talking, listening and being there for others!

Do you find it easy to chat to people? Do you like listening to the stories they have to tell? If you do, you’ll want to hear what Tracy Parr and Kathy Payne have to say in the first hour of the show.

They’ll be calling the studio to describe their respective roles within The Listening Line, a popular telephone befriending service launched by Newark and Sherwood CVS last autumn.

Local residents who are referred into the service receive a weekly phone call from a volunteer to see how they are and have a friendly conversation. But don’t imagine they’re just talking about the weather – apparently recent topics of conversation have included belly-dancing, Guinness and using Spotify!

Make sure you’re listening from just after 10.20am to find out more about how it works and how, by becoming a volunteer yourself, you could help to combat isolation and loneliness among vulnerable residents by sharing a weekly chat with one or two of them…

Another group offering help to local residents is Unlock Your You and in the second hour of the show it’s over to Colby-Christopher Williams to explain just what it does and how it does it.

A registered charity offering a range of services to bridge the gap between no support and clinical support, UYY is currently looking to launch a response unit here in Newark which would mean that a team member trained in mental health first aid would be available to provide immediate face-to-face support to anyone calling their helpline.

They’re also in early talks to have at least one mental health responder at both Newark Northgate and Newark Castle train stations, an initiative already in place at Melton Mowbray.

Colby will be on the phone from 11.10am to talk about his own involvement in the charity, the different ways they’ve adapted over recent months to continue offering support to those who need it and how you can get involved in the valuable work they do.

Don’t forget to put on your Sunday best by tuning in to 107.8FM or listening online from 10am to 12 noon to hear what Tracy, Kathy and Colby all have to say when they join June this weekend…

Written from the heart

Up and coming musician and poet Michaela Woods joins the Girls Around Town this weekend with a sneak preview of her debut album and second poetry book, both due to be released later this year.

Newark-based Michaela – who performs as Wilted Flower – will be at Stray’s Coffee Shop on Saturday 21 September, when she’ll be playing the new album in full and doing a selection of readings from the book, Grow in the Dark.

Her melodic, stripped-back performances reflect on experiences in her life to create honest and raw songs about mental health issues, loss and love which she likens to those of Keaton Henson and Daughter.

The new book follows on from her first collection of poems, No Longer A Wordless Book, published in October 2017 and described by one reviewer as ‘a truly emotional collection of poems written from the heart’.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday when Michaela will be talking to June and Rosalyn about the inspiration behind her music and poetry which she says are ‘a look inside my heart and head’.

And sharing one of the tracks from her album with everyone…

Unity through music

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It’s all about music and multiculturalism when Leanda ‘Rastarella’ Falade joins the Girls Around Town on tomorrow’s show.

Herself a host/compere and radio deejay on Kemet FM, Rastarella is Nottingham’s only independent female live music promoter who also specialises in curating events that support unity and multiculturalism under the banner Cultural Vibrations (Unity Through Music).

Born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Rastarella migrated to the UK in the late 1980s. The eldest of four sisters, she completed her junior and secondary education in Newark and has been living in Nottingham for the past 16 years.

On Sunday’s show, she’ll be talking to Tina and June about her music and her active involvement in the creative and cultural communities of Nottingham.

She’ll also be discussing her work as a volunteer for OCD-UK and her participation in the nationwide campaign Time To Change, raising awareness of mental health issues within the Black, Asian, Minority (BAME) Communities.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon to find out why Rastarella’s motto is ‘Unity is easy when you look within, not at the skin‘…