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Guest Blog: Justlife and Changing Futures Sussex's Practice Networks Podcast

Guest Blog: Justlife and Changing Futures Sussex's Practice Networks Podcast

Guest Blog: Justlife and Changing Futures Sussex's Practice Networks Podcast

Tuesday, May 14, 2024


The following blog was co-written by Jules Grenville and Sam Taylor-Smith, part of Justlife's team who work on their Practice Networks Podcast. The podcast is co-produced by Justlife, facilitators of our Brighton and Hove Frontline Network, alongside Changing Futures Sussex

"We’re thrilled to present the East and West Sussex Practice Networks Podcast to your Frontline network! To listen to all episodes of our podcast, click here. 

The podcast is a true co-production between Changing Futures Sussex and Justlife, a host partner for the Brighton and Hove Frontline Network. The mission of the Practice Networks is to provide East and West Sussex’s frontline workers with vital resources: a living library of evergreen content we’ve strived to make as valuable as possible. 

Podcasts were suggested in the original job listing for the Practice Networks Development Lead role – it’s one of the things that drew Sam to the role. Every facet has been backed up with process documentation… a fantastic reason to start from scratch and learn to do it professionally! We research, write, interview, edit, produce and publish every aspect of the podcast.

A note on being trauma-informed  

We are developing our podcasting process as we go in line with our values and ways of working. One part of this is the importance of applying and modelling trauma-informed and psychologically-informed practice when hosting our guests and with the content. We strive for our guests to feel safe and comfortable because speaking into a microphone can be daunting!  An example of this that can be heard through the check-in in each session. To learn more about our trauma-informed approach to podcasting contact Jules.

Episode #1: Lived Experience with Alex Procter 

“How do we work in a way that’s kind, that’s psychologically informed but that doesn't take away people’s autonomy and  people’s sense of them as a human, warts and all?” 

Alex Procter talks about her new role as Lived Experience Lead at Justlife.  What is Expertise by Experience, and how vital is such lived experience to support work? Together the team unpick and define lived experience or experts by experience, as well as some processes and practice to engage people with lived experience and the importance of being kind! 

Episode #2: Health Engagement with Sara Emerson 

“They are all these different barriers why people don’t access healthcare and our job is to work out why that is” 

In this episode of the Practice Networks Podcast, Sam and Jules talk to Sara Emerson, Justlife's Health Engagement Team Leader. 

Sara and her team work hard to support people experiencing health issues who live in emergency or temporary accommodation;, ultimately helping clients move on and move away from both. 

Episode #2.5: Health Engagement pt. 2 

“It’s really important that you know where you do your best work because it gives people the best outcomes.” 

Sara Emerson returns to take a deep dive into managing a team of frontline workers (and her incredible team days!). She speaks about specialisms, vicarious trauma, joy in support work and positive endings!  

Episode #3: Specialist Support Work – Rebecca Fox 

"It's not walking in their shoes, but walking next to them." 

This is where personal and professional meet! On a recent trip to Manchester, we sat down with Specialist Support Worker and trained Psychotherapist Rebecca Fox to find out how their role is different to Justlife's Health Engagement work in the South East.

We discuss personal-centred therapy theory and what Rebecca has learned in the support sector. 

Next steps 

We do hope you enjoy them, and value any feedback. There are a few more in the pipeline so do keep checking on our page!

Special thanks to The Projects who have supported this work with their podcasting suite."

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