More than six million people from Ukraine have now have fled their homes following the Russian invasion at the end of February 2022 and have sought refuge in other countries. One of those people is Julia Bondar, a 30-year-old photographer, who left Ukraine with her mother and now lives in Horsham. In this episode Julia opens up about the deep impact the war in Ukraine is having on her life and the lives of her family and friends.
With more of us working from home and reassessing our lifestyles through the pandemic, it's hardly surprising that more of us have taken on dogs as pets. Dog ownership in the UK has risen 9% - from 24% to 33% - in the last two years. However, deciding to home a hound is a serious business and there are many factors to be considered before committing. One person who can help us make an informed decision and who is a wealth of knowledge on the subject of all things dog-related is The Friendly Pet Nurse Zoe Blake. In this episode, we catch up with her for her advice on choosing and looking-after dogs and about her viral campaign Respect The Lead.
Running has increased in popularity by 57% over the last decade, but it was during the height of the pandemic when it really came into its own with the number of people getting their trainers on and hitting the pavements rising 65% in 2020.
One person who was well ahead of the curve with running is Elspeth Turner of Miles Better Coaching. The Horsham-based running coach has been running, coaching and working in the world of athletics for 30 years and as a former international distance runner, is the perfect guest for this topic.
In this well-paced episode Anna (runner) and Emma (non-runner) find out how to get started, or improve your running, while learning more about Elspeth's inspirational story.
Horsham psychologist Tara Quinn-Cirillo returns to Sounding Out Horsham to tell us about how she's facilitating conversations and connections through The Conversation Starter Project.
As we are well aware, Horsham is home to so many interesting people with wonderful stories to share, but for various reasons they might not be doing so. In this episode we talk to Tara about her Walk and Talk sessions in Horsham park where she encourages anyone and everyone to join for a chat and some light exercise in the fresh air; how to strike up a conversation (because we know it's not always easy) and why making connections with others - on any level - can be beneficial to our wellbeing.
For more information about The Conversation Starter Project and details of the Walk & Talk sessions visit Tara's website.
Anna and Emma boost their knowledge of wine and find out more about the wide range of local beers and spirits that are produced in the area in this interview with Luke Smith, owner of independent drinks shop Horsham Cellar.
Luke and his wife Jen opened the shop in the Carfax in 2018 and have been helping to demystify wine and guide customers towards the bottles most suited to their palates ever since. Suitable for wine buffs and novices alike, this episode gives an insight into buying wine, teaches us more about the category, provides top tips on choosing the perfect bottle and highlights the amazing range of alcoholic drinks produced in Horsham and West Sussex.
Anna and Emma discuss cultural competence and diversity with Horsham-based social care worker, author and trainer Vivian Okeze-Tirado. Vivian decided to write her first book Diversity Acrostic Poem in 2020 following the tragic death of George Floyd in May of the same year. Her book, published in 2021, 'encourages readers to connect to the plight of the less privileged in our society and make a difference'.
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What is Horsham doing to tackle climate change and how can we help on a local level? Anna and Emma talk to Carrie Cort of Sussex Green Living to find out about the work the charity is doing and get some tips on how we can live a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly life.
TV fans and movie buffs this episode is for you. Anna and Emma grill Gary Clarke, a Horsham-based electrician, about his experience as an extra. Gary has appeared in the background (and occasionally in the foreground) of 100s of TV shows and films over the last 15 years and been on set with an impressive roster of top actors, including Tom Cruise, Rachel Weisz, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter and Gillian Anderson. Listen now for his insight into working alongside the stars and the highs and lows of being an extra.
The COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken to help stop its spread have taken an unwelcome toll on our mental health. Lockdown measures have created, or exacerbated, anxiety, depression and other issues in many people. In this episode - recorded towards the end of Horsham's third lockdown - Dr Tara Quinn-Cirillo of Horsham Psychology joins Anna and Emma to talk about how we are all feeling and shares some valuable tips for listeners seeking support for their mental health and that of their family and friends.
For more information about Dr Tara Quinn-Cirillo and her work click here