Michael McEwan    

Freelance Journalist 
                                Public Speaker   
                                                            Presenter  

Podcasts

KOR Records

Posted by Michael Mcewan on June 22, 2020 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)


https://podcast.iriss.org.uk/kor-records

KOR Records is an independent record label that creates music projects for young people with additional support needs and releases their output.

 

I interviewed Geraldine Heaney about the work of the record company.

Humans of Scotland

Posted by Michael Mcewan on January 22, 2020 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

https://podcast.iriss.org.uk/humans-of-scotland

Humans of Scotland is a campaign that highlights the voices of those with long term conditions, disabilities and those who are unpaid carers.

 

I interviewed Angela Millar, the campaign lead and two people who share their stories as part of the campaign, Raven Lane and Michael Byrne.


Michael Byrne LETS

Posted by Michael Mcewan on January 22, 2020 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

https://podcast.iriss.org.uk/michael-byrne-lived-experience-trauma-support-lets

I interviewed Michael Byrne, the founder of LETS (Lived Experience Trauma Support) and author of Poems From A Mod: My Journey Through Trauma, Recovery And Survival.

 

Michael was diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder based on many traumatic events in his life, including abuse as a child, the murder of his father and surviving the Clutha disaster. In April 2017 he had a devastating breakdown which was complete in late January 2018. Since then he has been in recovery.

 

Health warning: This episode describes scenes of traumatic events that listeners may find disturbing.


Include Me 2 Club

Posted by Michael Mcewan on November 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

https://podcast.iriss.org.uk/include-me-2-club

Include Me 2 Club aims to change the face of social care in East Renfrewshire, by taking a person-centred, community asset-based approach.

 

I interviewed Paul McIlvaney, the Chair of the project.


The Life I Want

Posted by Michael Mcewan on November 21, 2019 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

https://podcast.iriss.org.uk/the-life-i-want

The Life I Want is a partnership project in Greater Glasgow and Clyde that includes people with disabilities in the design of services.

 

I spoke to Donna-Marie Speir, the co-ordinator of the project.



Gig Buddies

Posted by Michael Mcewan on November 21, 2019 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

https://podcast.iriss.org.uk/gig-buddies

Gig Buddies is a project that matches people with a learning disability with a volunteer who shares similar interests to engage in nightlife activities together.

 

I interviewed the Scotland project manager, Samuel Maggs and also spoke to a user of the service, Kerry Ferguson.


People First

Posted by Michael Mcewan on November 21, 2019 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

https://podcast.iriss.org.uk/people-first

People First is an organisation run by and for people with learning disabilities.

I spoke to Rosie Smith, one of the members, who told me about the work of the organisation


IASSID Conference 2019

Posted by Michael Mcewan on October 8, 2019 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

https://podcast.iriss.org.uk/iassidd-2019-conference

In this episode I chat with Linda Mitchell from the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) about IASSIDD - the World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, which was held in Glasgow on 6-9 August, 2019.

IASSIDD Congresses are the leading international research and practice meetings in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Congress theme is Future4All.




Waterbaby Arts

Posted by Michael Mcewan on October 8, 2019 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

https://podcast.iriss.org.uk/waterbaby-arts

In this episode I chat to Ruth Foster, a tutor at Waterbaby Arts and two of the dancers involved in the Dirty Feet programme, Sandy and Maureen Graham.

We hear about the work of Waterbaby Arts and the experiences of Sandy and Maureen.



Driving Miss Daisy

Posted by Michael Mcewan on April 11, 2019 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/driving-miss-daisy

Driving Miss Daisy is a driving and companion service for anyone who requires transport on a one-off or regular basis. 

Melanie Harper started driving her aunt to appointments in Havelock North, New Zealand. In 2008, Melanie and her husband Jack started thinking about providing the service on a broader scale across New Zealand and developed a business which they named Driving Miss Daisy. This was later extended to the UK.

I interviewed Ann Overdijking and Christine McIntyre from Driving Miss Daisy in Scotland

Social Security Scotland

Posted by Michael Mcewan on April 11, 2019 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/irissfm/social-security-scotland

Social Security Scotland is an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government that is tasked with managing a number of devolved benefits to improve the lives of Scottish people.

These benefits include pregnancy and baby payment, Carers' Allowance, disability benefit and housing and heating support.

I spoke to Rachael McKechnie about Social Security Scotland's work to date and its ambitions for the future.


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. 


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

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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.