Michael McEwan    

          Freelance Journalist , Public Speaker ,Presenter  

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Learning Disability Week Launch

Posted by Michael Mcewan on February 17, 2019 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

For the launch of Learning Disability Week 2019, I spoke to Libby Clement from Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD); James Morton, Bake Off finalist; and Jonathan McKinstry, a nominee in the 2018 Learning Disability Awards.

This year’s theme is ‘community’. Communities are at their best when everyone is active in their community, connected to people within their community, and feels included by their community.


Outspoken Arts

Posted by Michael Mcewan on February 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/outspoken-arts

I recently spoke to Steven Thomson, Creative Director and CEO of Outspoken Arts, a professional and creative organisation interested in work which references cutting edge social issues such as creative learning for young and vulnerable people, stories of migration and asylum, issues affecting LGBT people, disability, ethnicity, creative ageing and social health and well-being.

The organisation represents diverse communities and recognises that equality, equal and human rights are now very much the focus of mainstream society, civic and organisational culture and its shifting sense of identity plays an increasingly influential role in this.


Year of Young People

Posted by Michael Mcewan on February 17, 2019 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/year-young-people

I recently interviewed Kevin Ditcham, Project Manager for Year of Young People 2018 and Cameron Smith, one of the Young Ambassadors involved in the year's activities.

Year of Young People 2018 is an opportunity for generations to come together and celebrate Scotland's young people.

It is a platform for young people (8 to 26). It will give them a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives, showcase their ideas and talents, and ultimately, aim to challenge status quo and create a more positive perception of them in society.



Access to Politics

Posted by Michael Mcewan on November 6, 2018 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/access-politics

In this podcast I spoke to Ethan Young, Civic Participation Officer at Inclusion Scotland about Access to Politics, a project which aims to support disabled people into politics.

Outside the Box

Posted by Michael Mcewan on November 6, 2018 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/outside-box

In this podcast I spoke to Jill Keegan, Community Development Adviser with Outside the Box, an equalities charity that focuses on community development support across Scotland and the UK.

Talking Points

Posted by Michael Mcewan on November 6, 2018 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/talking-points-east-renfrewshire

In this podcast I spoke with Gerry Tougher, Public Engagement Officer at East Renfrewshire Council about Talking Points, a new approach to providing information and support to people in their local communities. 


SMHAF Interview with Paragon Music

Posted by Michael Mcewan on July 9, 2018 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.mhfestival.com/news/22-talking-heads/451-podcast-paragon-music-mindfulness-drumming

I spoke to representatives from inclusive music company Paragon Music, who are hosting mindfulness drumming workshops as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival. They discuss how drumming can help with your mental health and why the organisation's ethos is an ideal fit for the festival.

Features interviews with Charlotte Gibson, Communications Manager & Programme Coordinator at Paragon Music, workshop participant Rory and workshop leader Gameli Tordzro.


SMHAF Interview with Loki

Posted by Michael Mcewan on July 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.mhfestival.com/news/22-talking-heads/459-podcast-interview-with-loki

I recently interviewed Darren McGarvey, aka Loki, the Scottish rapper, about his new book Poverty Safari and what it has to say about social inequality and mental health.

Loki was speaking after a special spoken word and music event based on the book at Paisley Central Library, held as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2018.


Look back at Learning Disability Week 2018

Posted by Michael Mcewan on July 8, 2018 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/looking-back-learning-disability-week

I attended a number of events over Learning Disability Week 2018 (14-20 May) and spoke to the organisers.

We hear about 'Be the Change' campaign created by Enable Scotland, Project Ability and Mind the Gap theatre performance organised by the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD).

Learning Disability Week 2018

Posted by Michael Mcewan on July 8, 2018 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/learning-disability-week-2018

On this podcast we hear about this year's Learning Disability week. Learning Disability week takes place between the 14th to the 20th of May and the theme for this years Learning Disability week is My Generation.

We went along to the Scottish Commission for Learning Disabilities to find out more where we spoke to Linda Mitchell. Linda is a partnership and development manager of the Scottish Commission for Learning Disabilities

I Am Me

Posted by Michael Mcewan on April 26, 2018 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)


https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/i-am-me

I chatted to Debbie Campbell and Megan Milligan from I Am Me, a community charity, which is focused on raising awareness of disability hate crime in Scotland.

I Am Me aims to change attitudes and behaviours so that disabled and vulnerable people in Scotland feel safe in their communities.

See Me Scotland

Posted by Michael Mcewan on April 26, 2018 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)


https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/see-me

See Me is Scotland's Programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. It is funded by Scottish Government and Comic Relief and is managed by SAMH and The Mental Health Foundation.

I chatted with Nick Jedrzejewski, Communications Manager about the various campaigns the Programme leads on , also Maeve Grindall tells us  what the Social Movement Team is and what it's involved in.


The Paisley Disability Resource Centre

Posted by Michael Mcewan on March 10, 2018 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/paisley-disability-resource-centre2

The Paisley Disability Resource Centre actively promotes independent living through various leisure, social, educational and employment activities and services. It aims to be a welcoming, supportive and inclusive place, where people come to socialise and network, as well as taking part in activities.

In this second of two episodes, I spoke to Jim Thompson, the web design and movie maker co-ordinator, as well as Duncan Tomlinson, a participant in the activities.


The Paisley Disability Resource Centre

Posted by Michael Mcewan on March 10, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/paisley-disability-resource-centre1

The Paisley Disability Resource Centre actively promotes independent living through various leisure, social, educational and employment activities and services. It aims to be a welcoming, supportive and inclusive place, where people come to socialise and network, as well as taking part in activities.

In this first of a two part interview I chatted with Kevin Cantwell, the arts group facilitator at the Centre, as well as a number of people who take part in the activities which include painting, photography and dancing.


Support Worker - Evan Rae

Posted by Michael Mcewan on March 10, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/conversation-evan-rae-support-worker

Here I chat to Evan Rae about his experiences as a support worker with Sense Scotland.

Evan talks about what motivated him to get into care, the challenging and rewarding parts of working in care, some of the issues that need to be addressed, and the importance of self-directed support.

He provides encouragement and information to those who might be interested or considering a career in care.



The Dundee Early Intervention Team

Posted by Michael Mcewan on March 10, 2018 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/conversations-dundee-early-intervention-team-extended

The Dundee Early Intervention Team (DEIT) provides early intervention support to families.

The team is a partnership of the four leading children’s charities in Dundee – Aberlour, Children 1st, Action for Children and Barnardo’s Scotland – the team works together with Dundee City Council, NHS Tayside and Dundee Voluntary Action.

Practising a social pedagogy model, the team work alongside families to build their capacity to tackle challenges and make sustainable change.

In 2017 Iriss worked with the Dundee Early Intervention Team to capture learning about the partnership model underpinning the team and to evidence the impact of its support on families.

In this conversation, practitioners Natalie, Harriet, Jade, Bianca and Brian share their experiences of working with families as part of the Dundee Early Intervention Team.

Being a support worker

Posted by Michael Mcewan on November 24, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I recently had a conversation with Greg Campbell, a support worker who works with vulnerable adults.

Greg speaks about his motivations for pursuing a career in care, the transition from education to practice and the positive and challenging experiences.

It's an inspiring message for others, and particularly men, who may be considering a career in care.

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/conversation-greg-campbell-support-worker

Making Our Mark

Posted by Michael Mcewan on October 24, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)
https://www.mhfestival.com/news/22-talking-heads/401-making-our-mark-podcast In this Talking Heads podcast, I interviewed some of the people involved in Making Our Mark, an inclusive event showcasing work from community arts projects in Renfrewshire, including Limelight Music and Dirty Feet Dance Company.

The Care Collective

Posted by Michael Mcewan on September 10, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/care-collective

I chatted to Ruth Gallagher (Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire), Lynn Wardle (Thrive) and Colette Walker (carer) about the Care Collective.


The Care Collective is a project in East Renfrewshire to support carers and involve them in discussions and decisions about their support. A number of organisations are working in partnership to make it happen.


Unity Enterprise

Posted by Michael Mcewan on July 31, 2017 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/unity-enterprise

I recently met with Loretta Galloway, Learning Disability Service Manager at Unity Enterprise, to chat about the services and supports the organisation provides.

@TrongateUnity




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