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John Lyon’s Charity launches new podcast series

A leading charity that supports young people and organisations working with them in London including Ealing has launched a new podcast series on exploring disability and inclusion.

John Lyon’s Charity has produced Stronger Voices Together hosted by disability activist Lucy Edwards which it says “promises to unravel the narratives, challenges, and successes within the world of disability, with a particular focus on Arts and cultural engagement.”

Over five episodes, the first went live on 23 April 2024, the series will explore areas that the Charity has identified with its partners to explore.

The podcast can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music as well as watched on YouTube, Vimeo and the John Lyons Charity website.

The first episode looks at the importance of bridging the cultural capital gap, and other episodes tackle topics such as the implementation of inclusive practice and language and the progression of inclusion needed in both personal and professional spheres.

Lucy Edwards, host of the series said: “It is so important to be seen and heard when you have a disability. Representation is everything and seeing me as the podcast host is empowering. Young people need to know that they are not alone and that there are people and organisations out there that
want to help them thrive.”

Ms Edwards added: “I got to talk to so many like-minded people including disabled young people, parents, carers, thought leaders, and the organisations where there are young people with disabilities are involved.”

Stronger Voices Together is also part of John Lyon’s Charity’s latest edition to their Perspectives series, A New Perspective. Through a series of reports, it  aims to promote the provision of inclusive opportunities for D/deaf, visually impaired, disabled and neurodivergent young people.

Dr Lynne Guyton, CEO of John Lyon’s Charity said: “Through our Perspectives series, we’ve challenged arts organisations, special schools, music hubs, and other funders to rethink opportunities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. We have already catalysed significant changes
in the relationships between the arts sector and special schools and maintain a long-term commitment to fostering collaborations and partnerships that demonstrate best practice.”

Dr Guyton added: “However, there is still much work to be done, which is why we’ve identified the crucial need for the ‘Stronger Voices Together’ podcast. It serves as a platform to advance our shared mission by amplifying the voices of key stakeholders committed to best practice, enabling them to voice the issues present and promote the provision of inclusive opportunities for all.”

To listen to the podcast and find out more, click here.

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