It only takes one person to connect with another person and to have an impulse to support a wider community for magic to happen. The Friends of Mount Colah community group have done just that! Listen to Jan Forbes and Mariko Smith share how they participate in a community group with no other purpose that to close a gap which left vulnerable people feeling alone. Find out how you can get involved in local events or set up a community group in your local area.
Rotary International do an enormous amount of work, both nationally and internationally. Listen to some of the magic these dedicated individuals are able to do when they work as a team for service above self. Today you will hear from Ian Stuart from the Rotary Club of Turramurra, Bobby Holder from the Rotary Club of Hornsby and Ian Cameron from the Rotary Club of Wahroonga. Each offer a snapshot of the work they do for and with their local communities as well as the work they do internationally. You will hear more shows on Rotary in the future as it is not possible to cover all they do in one show.
I was joined in the studio today by Peter Matthews School Captain and Lachlan Walker, Social Justice Prefect from White Ribbon School - Knox Grammar, and Tadhg Richards and Hunter Meaney School Captains from Turramurra High School. I really appreciated how they turned the statistics into practical and meaningful opportunities for young people to be the change they want to see in their world. I will let their words speak for themselves.
Peter - You can talk about it as much as you like but you have to act. If you are not comfortable with the conversation going on around you stand up to and raise the standard.
Lachlan - Don't wait for another to stand up, be the one person, be the change and others will follow
Tadhg - Use your gifts and talents to speak up - paint, write, sing, all forms will make a difference and your expression is needed.
Hunter - have that conversation, don't go into hushed tones, that way people will feel a level of accountability for what they are doing behind closed doors.
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With such a large increase in stories about sexual, verbal, emotional and financial abuse, with bullying growing as an issue faced by our youth and adults alike, I couldn't hold this episode back any longer. Today my guests are Annette baker and Gabe Caplice who share with us some of the insights they have gleaned from their years of couples and individual counselling.
Peter Kirkwood has worked tirelessly for 16 years as a volunteer to ensure the local PCYC had a new home. The opening of the PCYC in Waitara on Wednesday 8th November 2017 is a testament to the dedication of a diverse team spearheaded by Peter. This show offers insight into the origins of the PCYC, how Rotary has been a foundational contributor and an inspiration to all volunteers who wonder if small plans will ever make real life bricks and mortar!
There is a clear knowing for Jeff Garland that it is possible to go back to work after post traumatic stress leave because he did it. He now knows there are some safeguards that need to be in place and some logical support from superiors that could alleviate much of the trauma experienced by police officers and frontline workers.
We have all taken exams, we may even be likely to be around students taking exams, and let's be honest, it can be a time that is full of anxiety, stress and dysfunctional behaviour. Yet does it need to be this way? I put the case for a different way to approach stress, anxiety and exam pressure and have support from Nina Stabey who talks about the effects of stress on the digestive system and Stephen Gammack who talks about the importance of exercise and movement as part of a study plan. Top tips:
What is your Party Plan? Join Dusana and Tenee two members of the Future Problem Solving Team as they share with us their project called Wise Decisions all about safe party planning. Role modelling of alcohol use and parties by adults and parents also came up as a hot topic. well worth a listen! To see the top tips for having and going to parties below as well as links to useful websites.
Ray Karam worked as a police officer in Sydney Central, Redfern and in country towns in Northern NSW. An accumulation of traumatic experiences led to Ray leaving the police force to seek support and rebuild his life. Ray shares his inspiring story, what helped him to rebuild from the grass roots up in order to support others who may have experienced similar trauma.
Simon Gillard talks to Lucy Dahill about Post Traumatic Stress that saw him end a 15 year service with the police. When Simon describes the work he did, the lack of de-brief support and the culture of shame around asking for help, it is no wonder the deeply caring man was unable to continue in his high pressure job. Simon has written a book on his experience called Life Sentence.
Lucy Dahill is the presenter of Stay in the Loop with Lucy, she has a passion for offering people the platform to share their voice. Young, old or somewhere in between we all have wisdom to share if we trust our hearts over our heads.