This week we talk to Tom Caulker, who ran the famous Trent House pub for 25 years and founded World Headquarters in 1993. Tom gives a fascinating insight into what happiness (and unhappiness) means to him and how he tries to achieve it. Tom also talks about the importance of World Headquarters' multiracial & inclusive ethos and the hugely successful anti-racist Unity Festival that he was involved in establishing and why is was so important for it to take place.
Another great episode this week with Zoë Murtagh who talks to us this week about what happiness means to her. A fascinating discussion about the colours and smells she associated with happiness as well as how the different aspects of her working life brings her joy from working with young carers to delivering freelance workshops.
This week we talk to Amanda Gerry who is lead Regeneration Officer for the Churches Conservation Trust. She talks to us about all sorts of things including Zoom Free Fridays, the joy of campervanning, the importance of good friends and family and the happiness she gets from working with a brilliant team in her work.
Chris Jewitt talks to us this week about all things food related. Chris is founder and CEO of a community interest company called Food and Drink North East. He talks to us about his love his food and why it's important to him. The value of storytelling in the food industry and why food memories are so special.
This week we talk to Zahra Ravenscroft who is involved in coastal restoration work with the Environment Agency. Zahra talks to us about some of the great new environmental projects taking place around the North East including the Wild Oyster project that’s been set up in Blyth and Sunderland. Zahra also talks about the research being done into the link between blue space and wellbeing as well as her discovery of sea swimming and her love of living in the city and access to cultural events.
This week we talk to Michael Cunliffe who is an artist who specialises in Dark Art. In this episode he talks to us about how the process of painting brings him happiness as well as his work at North Tyneside Art Studio. The Art Studio is a place which supports people with mental health issues so the conversation also includes a fascinating discussion about how art can be used to maintain positive mental health.
This week we talk to Liz Luff who has been involved in the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation since it started back in 2008. Liz talks about the amazing work the Foundation does including some of the moving stories of its fundraisers. We also talked the personal motivation for her to be involved in its work. We also talk about Liz's love of Italy and a border terrier nicknamed "Maggie Mayhem".
This week we talk to Robin Fry, CEO of VODA which is the Voluntary Organisations Development Agency for North Tyneside. We talk about his love of film and music making as well as VODA's response to the Covid pandemic, supporting volunteers and the local communities over the last 12 months, including helping people with food and prescription deliveries and befriending opportunities.
For the last 6 years, Jack Lowe has been travelling round the UK and the Republic of Ireland in a decommissioned ambulance dark room called Neena documenting every RNLI lifeboat station using glass plate photography. He talks to Alex about achieving "level contentment", and the importance of family, community, kayaking and social media amongst many other things.
It's our last Geordie Guide to Happiness episode in it's current season, but we'll say more about that during the episode. We’ve picked some of our favourite bits from our episodes from 2021 which we’d like to share again. The team have a good old chat about what the project has meant for us over the last year or so.