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Improving Lives

Improving Lives

By Longhurst Group
Improving Lives is a well-being podcast from Longhurst Group, a leading provider of homes and care and support services across the Midlands and East of England.
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Episode Four - International Podcast Day with Neil Laybourn and Andy Wright
It's International Podcast Day 🎉✨🎆 In this edition of our Improving Lives podcast, we hear from Neil Laybourn, well known for being a mental health campaigner as well as public speaker and well-being consultant. Neil joined us at our Improving Lives 2025 launch event at the Kingsgate Conference Centre in Peterborough. He talked to us about his personal and professional mental health and well-being journey. Which started in 2008 when Neil stepped in to help a stranger in need. The inspirational true story featuring Jonny Benjamin was later turned into the Channel 4 documentary 'The Stranger on the Bridge'. We're also joined by Andy Wright, Longhurst Group's Housing Services Manager, who talks to us about his work on suicide awareness and what we do as a group to recognise the signs. 
September 30, 2020
Episode Three - Jack Monroe
In this special edition of our Improving Lives podcast, we hear from Jack Monroe, renowned food writer, journalist and poverty activist. Jack joined us at our Improving Lives 2025 launch event at the Kingsgate Conference Centre in Peterborough, she took the time to sit down with us and talk about herself, her experiences of food poverty and how she believes we can solve.
February 3, 2020
Episode Two - 'Talkin' Ain't Easy'
In this episode of the Improving Lives podcast we'll be hearing from three amazing guests as we discover the importance of talking to others. Matt speaks to Nathan Arnold about his life and career as an English Football League player and how despite success on the pitch he was experiencing with his own 'secret storm', living with anxiety. We speak with Alan Hill from Walsall, who has been working with our Money Advisor, Pam Malhil, to get his finances in order and is about £50 a week better off after Pam’s help. Finally, we speak to Craig Taylor, Director of Housing at Longhurst Group about his involvement in the national Make a Stand campaign. Connar, Jon and Matt 🙌
November 8, 2019
Episode One - Make a Stand Campaign
Welcome to the very first episode of the Improving Lives podcast from Longhurst Group. In this episode you will hear from one of our colleagues, Becky, who was suffered from domestic abuse and how her story is helping to shape our involvement in the Chartered Institute of Housing's Make a Stand campaign. Val Paragon from Mary Street Extra Care joins us in the studio to talk to us about the work she does to at Mary Street to promote health and well-being. To round off the show Matt will be speaking to our Employment and Training Advisor, Rob Friday, about the advise he provides to our customers. Connar, Jon and Matt 🙌
June 25, 2019