Community - Podcast
By The Play’s The Thing Theatre Company
This is a project where we are interested in talking to people who have felt invisible or without a voice in our society, but through circumstances have bec ome visible and found their voice. We live in a diverse and complex society and many people often feel that that they are overlooked, forgotten and ignored, but if the year 2020 has taught us anything it is that EVERYONE is important to their local community and to society. Everyone has a part to play in supporting vital services and in building a just society. Making people feel invisible and undervalued does not solve any problems. In fact it creates them. Everyone has an important voice. We must listen.
This podcast was produced and narrated by Rosemary Hill. Caroline Devine was the sound designer and Mark Niel provided the music.
For the podcast we spoke to four different women about their experiences of “Invisibility and Visibility”
Grace is a former business and media student. Grace enjoys working on projects impacting social change and participating in voluntary work. Grace is now an advocate for mental health services. She is a keen supporter of YiS ( Youth Counselling in Milton Keynes)
Important key services and how we regard them have been very much in the news. Mental health services have been in the spotlight as has the NHS. One service that has caught the attention of many in Milton Keynes is Food Connect. This service started out as the Community Fridge initiative which initially was a drive to reduce food waste. It’s now become much more. Helen Innes, the Project Coordinator of FOOD CONNECT from the Bath House in Wolverton explains more.
Someone who has worked throughout her life for social justice and fairness is Lisa. Lisa is the child of Windrush parents. People from the Windrush generation were brought to Britain to help build essential services after World War Two. We owe them a great debt of gratitude in building the NHS for instance. Lisa has carried on her parents’ dedication and drive to help people in her own life and career, but she hasn’t always felt listened to or visible.
Another person who is working tirelessly to raise awareness and cultural understanding is Rooda Abidillahi. Rooda is the Chair of The African Disapora Foundation.