….and how we were almost defeated by technology!
Volunteering for my local radio station has brought me into contact with some fantastic people both volunteers and guests alike.
It’s great fun and is run by the fantastic station Manager Lou Armer a ukulele playing hard working, no-nonsense, sweetheart of a woman with a heart and soul for the community of North Manchester where I live and the station is based!
When I first approached Lou about doing a show I pitched my show about older people in the community, news, views, recipes and reviews with of course some time to highlight the problems grandparents face in the 21st century! Did I mention the show tunes?
I covered Grandparent Alienation a few weeks ago and hopefully I can bring you that and some of my other programs soon, as I learn to master this new technology, and put it on a cloud???
Mastering the new technology is all part of my learning as I don’t wish to get older and be left wondering how to use a computer or even to stay in touch with my family, there are so many innovative things happening in this field, that many older people can feel isolated even when their families are close! Picture a family sitting around these days at home all on their own gadgets, and you will understand.
Anyway back to how technology almost defeated me this week!
On Tuesday of last week Lou got word that Lynda Bellingham was going to be available through a news media organisation for interview ahead of #dementiaawarenessweek, which began on Sunday 18th May 2014.
This was a fixed timeslot as these thing usually are, and the available time was to be Wednesday morning when I am normally in work, ( I work part-time) so I had to negotiate time off before I could put myself forward as a candidate for the interview which would be perfect for Nana’s Natter!
I work for a brilliant charity Get-Experienced part of the 4CT organisation which used to be a volunteer brokerage, but now runs smaller projects one of which is The Link East Befriending and activity scheme for older people.
My Manager Kate kindly allowed me to use some time owing to do the interview! So off I went and had my first big interview with a remarkable lady Lynda Bellingham OBE and Maizie Mears-Owen, head of Dementia at Care UK, click on the link below to find out more.
The interview went well even though I was quite nervous and I even managed to ask Lynda some questions that were not scripted a triumph for a local community radio station, I was feeling rather proud until I came to edit and found that I hadn’t recorded it!!! There was a glitch on the system.
Baffled and annoyed, I felt I had let everyone down! Not least of all my guests who had taken the time and trouble to go to such lengths to raise the profile of this little discussed disease!
Me being me of course I didn’t let it rest, I tweeted a plea for help to Lynda via Twitter and also sent her an email and of course because she is a compassionate and caring lady who truly understands the nature of this disease how it affects the person and the effects it has on the family as a whole, she contacted me and agreed to do a live interview today!
What an absolute star! Someone who uses her celebrity in a positive and caring way to help others
Tune in today between 4-5pm on North Manchester. FM 106.6 and have a listen.
Click on the links below for more information
Post show 19:09 pm update
Today’s show with Lynda Bellingham OBE talking about Dementia, please forgive the silence at 36:15 -37:17 I forgot to press a button!
and the link for the book The Things Between us :