Shout!Podcast

Shout!Podcast

Every fortnight Shout!Podcast explores the health and wellbeing of the UK’s fire services community, offering a unique insight into the physical, mental and social challenges facing those who live and work around the fire service. From top tips on sleeping well, to advice on dealing with trauma, nutrition, exercise and injury prevention Shout!Podcast aims to help you live healthier and happier. Hosted by Kim Robson and produced by The Fire Fighters Charity’s extensive team of specialist exercise and psychological therapists, Shout!Podcast also offers you the chance to share your stories and ask those questions that you’ve always wanted to know the answer to. You can find out more and take part in the show at www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/shoutpodcast

Episodes

July 28, 2021 25 min

Maintaining healthy joints is of the utmost importance when it comes to overall wellbeing, particularly in the fire and rescue service. So, in this week’s Shout!Podcast we’re discussing tips to look after your joints, whatever your age, and the importance of having a positive mindset throughout.

We speak to the Charity’s Wellness and Behaviour Change Coach, Mike Lennon, about how to stay positive while dealing with pain, particularl...

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Sabrina Langley guides us through a relaxation exercise

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July 7, 2021 25 min

For many of us, the last year has brought with it increased feelings of stress and anxiety – so knowing how to identify these feelings and how to cope with them is hugely important. We’ll be discussing just some of those coping mechanisms in this week’s Shout!Podcast.

Psychological therapists Becca Harp and Izi Dragonetti begin by discussing the difference between stress – which often happens in response to an external factor and ca...

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Wellness and Behaviour Change Coach, AJ Whitaker shows us a calming breathing technique that can be used in any situation to reduce stress levels.

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June 23, 2021 22 min

A balanced diet can have huge health benefits, particularly when it comes to our gut. But a simple change in lifestyle can also have a positive impact on our mental health, as well as conditions such as diabetes. 

So, in this week’s Shout!Podcast, we’re discussing nutrition as a whole and the importance of achieving a healthy lifestyle – with a few simple tips along the way.

The Charity’s Health Improvement Lead, Dr Greg Lessons, dis...

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June 17, 2021 3 min
Dr Greg Lessons talks about the importance of hydration for your health.

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June 9, 2021 21 min

Thousands of people become carers in the UK every day, often for a family member or someone close to them, and with very little warning. It’s these unsung heroes that we’re discussing and celebrating in the latest episode of Shout!Podcast.

We speak to the Charity’s Welfare Services Lead Carrie Pearce around what caring for someone actually means – as well as what the burdens of caring can be for different families. 

We also chat to b...

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May 26, 2021 26 min

Drinking is a big part of life for many people, but where is the line between drinking socially and having a potentially dangerous addiction? That’s what we’re discussing in the latest episode of Shout!Podcast.

We speak to the Charity’s lead practitioner Andrea Trotman and psychological therapists Charlene Taylor and Izi Dragonetti in a roundtable talk about the impact alcohol addiction can have on others. They discuss the different...

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AJ Whitaker shares her top tips on how to improve your mental wellness and resilience.

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May 12, 2021 21 min

It’s no secret that life in the fire and rescue service is tough and can have a major impact on mental wellness. So in this week’s Shout!Podcast, we discuss the importance of taking care of yourself – and ways to build up resilience.

We speak to the Charity’s Wellness and Behaviour Change Coach AJ Whitaker to delve into both mental wellness and resilience – looking at the different ways your individual wellness can be impacted, whil...

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Nursing Services Lead Kath Savage shares how gardening and nature, both indoors and outdoors, can reduce stress. Plus, she reveals tips to make the most of smaller spaces and shares ways of getting the family involved too.

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April 28, 2021 23 min

The last year has impacted all of us, but older generations have been hit particularly hard – whether it’s being stuck in isolation for months on end or facing long health battles. So, as we slowly ease out of the latest lockdown, it’s never been more important to ensure everyone is living well in later life – and we’re discussing ways to achieve this in our Shout!Podcast this week.

Communities Development Lead Clare Hannaford discu...

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April 14, 2021 10 min

Kirsty Gladdis leads us on a guided walk through the wilderness (or wherever you maybe).
Take a set of headphones and head out for a walk from your front door with this 10 minute mindfulness exercise.

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April 14, 2021 15 min

As clocks go forward and we edge ever closer to some semblance of normality, more and more of us will be looking forward to spending time outdoors – and, as we discuss in this week’s episode of Shout!Podcast, it could be hugely beneficial to our physical and mental health.

Charity Nursing Lead Kath Savage sits down with host, Kim, to share how simple things like gardening can not only get our bodies moving and stretching, but also i...

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March 31, 2021 18 min

It’s no secret that regular physical activity has a positive impact on our bodies, but in this week’s episode of Shout!Podcast we’re taking a closer look at how it can also improve our mental wellbeing

Charity physiotherapist Laura Connolly and senior exercise therapist Kelly Brown sit down with host, Kim, to share how something as simple as walking the dog, or carrying your shopping, can improve your overall mental wellness. 

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For World Sleep Day, here's a bonus episode of our Podcast Plus, featuring a relaxation brought to you by Mary, one of our Nursing Team based at Jubilee House. Set aside 10 minutes to listen, relax and unwind. And don't forget you can find other resources online at www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/relax

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What is the secret to long-term success when it comes to healthy lifestyle changes? This is the topic we're kicking off the new season of our health and wellbeing Shout!Podcast with. Assessment Practitioner Liz James sits down with our host, Kim, to chat through why and how we should be changing our habits for the benefit of our overall health, and why starting small is your best chance of success. County Durham Firefighter Pau...

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This week we take a look back at our first ever virtual Spirit of Fire Awards, introduced by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and talk to our winners to find out what the recognition means to them. We also speak to our four of the Charity’s services leads to find out how you can still access the support you need during lockdown and what you can expect from a visit to one of the centres once things get back to some kind of normal. We’ve g...

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This week we meet retired firefighter Roger Moore, who came to the Charity for support after a battle with his mental health. Bravely opening up about the impact it has had on his life, Roger explains why others in a similar position should seek the help they need. We also speak to Andy Jeans, Director of Delivery at ORCHA, a company that rates and reviews health and wellbeing apps, to find out how its special partnership with The ...

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This week we hear three stories that illustrate three very different sides to life in and around The Fire Fighters Charity. Retired Buckinghamshire firefighter's wife Sherron Razey tells us how the Charity supported her with a chronic pain condition that had all but destroyed her quality of life. Hertfordshire Station Commander, James Bull, talks to Sophie Pierce about his plans to take on one of the most gruelling land races i...

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