Surrey Voices: The Disability Podcast

Surrey Voices: The Disability Podcast

This podcast explores the issues which impact those with disabilities, sensory needs, autism, and mental health. We follow the achievements of those using Surrey Choices services. Surrey Choices provides support services to improve the independence, confidence and life skills of people with a range of disabilities and support needs, whatever their age, in their local community. Choices Waves is a vocational project within Surrey Choices, making radio shows and podcasts.


November 30, 2023 58 mins

 This Month we are supporting Purple Tuesday. Accessibility is important to our team at Choices Waves, and we wanted to talk to different areas of the community to see how accessible these places really are. We speak with AccessAble about how to find accessible places and the importance of accessibility.  

We talk with Hassell Inclusion about how companies can train to be more inclusive, TFL talk to us about public transport and ge...

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This month's Podcast is hosted by Poppy, Matthew and Martin. We wanted to explore Sexual Health week which was the 11th-17th of September. But we wanted to do it a little differently. We explore the world of disability Dating and relationships. Carinder, David, Dan and Tash chat with Rachel who is doing amazing research on LGBTQ+ and disabilities, Stephen from Pryzm about Discobility , Jamie from Mayhem in Woking and Lucy from Meet...

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August 30, 2023 48 mins

This month its all about the environment. We chat with Just Stop Oil, The Surrey Wildlife Trust and visit Newlands Corner with The Surrey Hills Society and Surrey Choices' Growth team. -IPPC Report - Climate Change Easy Read
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July 31, 2023 34 mins

This month's podcast is all about Down syndrome. Our host Matthew shares his experience. We hear from Lorni from the Down's syndrome Association, Pops chats with Helen from PSDS and hear from Nicola Enoch from Down Syndrome Uk.  Find the link to her Tedx Talk below;  How I nearly terminated my son through ignorance. 

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June 27, 2023 31 mins

This month's podcast is all about Learning Disability week. Our host Tash shares her experience and chats with Dan.

Martin and Salvatore meet Ciara; from Mencap who hosts her own podcast show. 

Jackie Doe tells us about books beyond words and how to get involved and Future Choices get excited for Wimbledon. 


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May 30, 2023 25 mins

This month, our host David explores men's mental health and men's sheds, which are a growing success around the world in combatting men's mental health.

Adam talks to an ambassador from the Men's Shed Association, and our colleague Katie visits our own shed to talk to Nigel. We also talk to people at Surrey Choices about mental health and unwinding.


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April 25, 2023 46 mins

Join our host Peter to mark World Autism Awareness Day which was on April 2nd. We're talking to Simon Tobin, who has autism and speaks publicly to educate others, and a parent whose child has autism. We also hear stories from some of those at Surrey Choices who have autism.


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March 26 was Purple Day, so what better time to focus on epilepsy? What is it? What medical help is available? What causes seizures and what should you do when someone has one? Well, here’s a hint: calm cushion call. And one more question, why purple? Well, stick with us because today we find out. 

Join our host Matthew, and interviewers Carinder and David, as we explore epilepsy. We talk to the experts at Epilepsy Action and Epile...

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February 28, 2023 46 mins

Join our host Michael to talk about independence!

This month, Martin talks to Simon about supported living and Dorothy about the Sunnybank Trust. How do different living arrangements and charities help us gain our independence?

Also, Jane tells us how she encouraged her daughter to become independent, and Tash talks to her parents about the journey from school to adulthood.


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January 31, 2023 46 mins

Happy New Year!

Today we're talking about inclusivity, which is one of Surrey Choices' core values. We talk to Ross about feeling included at work, Jordan and Rob about the LGBT community, and Lucy and Chantelle about inclusive language.

We also hear from vocational team staff about how they put inclusivity into practice in their jobs, and special guest Daniel from the Royal Association for Deaf People.


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Join a group of guest hosts for this Christmas episode of Surrey Voices!   This episode has an interview with Lisa Curtis from the Ann Craft Trust about safeguarding and Disability History Month, some conversations with the speakers at our Choices Together event, and some Christmas catch-ups with a few people who have been on the podcast this year.   Timestamps   [10:42] Choices Together speaker Amanda from Surrey County Council   ...
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    After many episodes exploring the issues that people with disabilities and sensory needs face, this month we are switching the focus to the carers to coincide with Carers Rights Day 2022.

    We ask: who do we mean when we talk about carers? What challenges do they face? What are they entitled to and who is there to help? How did they feel about being clapped for during the pandemic?

    Also, find out why our colleague is swimming 1000 l...

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    October 28, 2022 65 mins

    October 6th was World Cerebral Palsy Day, so we invited Dan to host a show about cerebral palsy. With conversations with Richard Luke from Scope and members of the Surrey Choices community, Dan is here to help you better understand CP and share the experiences and opinions of those who have it. 

    For comments or questions or to get involved, email


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    September 30, 2022 28 mins

    Volunteering is a great way to connect with and give back to your community. We meet some volunteers and follow the Growth Team at BBC Make a Difference Awards.

    Annual conference 2022 - CP Scotland

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    August 26, 2022 46 mins

    This month, guest host Dexter James explores the topic of wheelchairs. Are our towns geared up for wheelchair users? How are social attitudes changing? How does wheelchair football work? And what do we think about the so-called Tiktok "hack" of getting through airports faster by faking a disability?

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    July 28, 2022 32 mins

    For many young people, summer means the Duke of Edinburgh Award! We follow a crew of intrepid youngsters as they take on the DofE challenge as part of our Future Choices programme.

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    This week on Surrey Voices, Adam meets David Man and the young team of mechanics, and David Catchpole interviews Rachel about the gardening at Longmead.

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    It's Shared Lives Week! What's Shared Lives, you ask? Adam didn't know either, so he went to meet four families who share their lives with SC Customers.

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    May 30, 2022 20 mins

    Mental Health Week was 9th - 15th May. To mark this, we talk to one Surrey Choices carer who battled lockdown loneliness by visiting people on her bike. We also meet Tash, who runs a Creative Recovery Course.

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    On Surrey Voices we follow the achievements of people at Surrey Choices, and explore the issues which impact disabled people.

    We talk to Michael about enduring stress at work, and meet mental health first-aider Phil Mack.

    In Choices Voices, we hear some stressful stories and get some advice about de-stressing.

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